Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Tiny Kiwi 
Meditation Cabin

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Tiny Kiwi 
Meditation Cabin

Earth Energies Sanctuary in New Zealand is a wellness retreat designed to bring about balance of body, mind and soul, set within 200 acres of stunning natural landscape that is ideal for seclusion, relaxation and experiencing nature. The sanctuary features a secluded, private, 2-bedroom cabin where guests can enjoy spectacular, awe-inspiring 360-degree views.


The Earth Energies Sanctuary is located on a 200-acre farm in New Zealand
During their stay, guests can be assured of total privacy, as the nearest residence is more than 800 meters away from the cabin. Earth Energies offers self-catered or chef-prepared meals, as well as access to deep relaxation therapies to help release stress and anxiety and everything that is necessary for better sleep.


Guests at the sanctuary stay in a secluded cabin with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. Designed for seclusion and relaxation, the cabin allows guests to relax in a bath while gazing over leafy tree views, or curl up next to the wood fire and unwind.

The Earth Energies offers a powerful combination of deep relaxation therapies designed to bring clients to an alpha or even deeper theta brainwave state, thus restoring balance essential for optimum relaxation, creativity, insight and mindfulness.

Earth Energies Sanctuary Retreat founders Marie and Duncan
The Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin competition is the first architecture competition to be run in partnership with Earth Energies New Zealand. Participants are tasked with submitting designs for a meditation space to be constructed in a bush clearing on site. The proposed location sits roughly 300 meters downhill from the main residence with no established roads, therefore it can only be accessed by foot.


The proposed site is located in a sacred spot within a clearing surrounded by native trees
The cabin should be able to accommodate up to 4 guests plus a meditation guide for 1 to 2 hours during the day or in the evening. This space is not intended to act as accommodation and therefore does not require any amenities or facilities other than those needed to run a meditation session.


When the space isn’t being used for meditation, it will be used to process flower essences to be used in their natural products, and so will need to be able to direct sunlight onto a small altar for at least 2 or 3 hours of the day.
As winning designs for the Tiny Kiwi Meditation Cabin will be considered for construction, it is vital that they reflect the highest standards of green building practice.

Download full competition brief for more information!

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English

Full competition brief

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registration. 

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF
    • Yarışma kuralları
    • Reglas de la competencia
    • Regras do concurso
    • Regolamento del concorso
    • Règles de compétition
    • Wettbewerbsregeln
    • 竞赛规则
    - SITE & CONTEXT PHOTOGRAPHS

Prizes

10,000 € + Construction
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
5,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
2,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
1,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
Earth Energies Sanctuary NZ Favorite
1,000 €
Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD (more details)
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages


CERTIFICATE:


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Caro Robertson

co-founded Wellington, NZ-based Space Craft Architects, New Zealand

Willem Van Bolderen

FOUNDING PARTNER, STUDIO PUISTO ARCHITECTS LTD, FINLAND

Pip Cheshire

DIRECTOR, CHESHIRE ARCHITECTS, NEW ZEALAND

Jakob Gate

CO-FOUNDER, NATIVE NARRATIVE AND MOBILE SAUNA COMPANY SCANDINAVIAN SAUNA, DENMARK

Kai Gu

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Catherine Macdonald

Artist, Whanganui, New Zealand

Dr. Ferdinand Oswald

ARCHITECT, RESEARCHER AND COURSE COORDINATOR, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Erik Sommerfeld

ARCHITECT, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND THE DIRECTOR, COLORADO BUILDING WORKSHOP, USA

Jordi Riembau Ribot And Miguel Rusca Mestre

CO-FOUNDERS, NORDEST ARCHITECTURE SLP, SPAIN

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time.


All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected] 

 

Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

Key dates

Closing date for registration

28 April, 2021

Closing date for project submission

02 June, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

14 July, 2021

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    03 February - 28 April
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    110 €
  • Students
    90 €
+21% VAT

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS


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F.A.Q.

Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
No. Trees should not be par to the structure.
The 30sqm restriction refers to the building footprint and usable floor area indoors (in the case of having more than one storey, your total footprint will need to sum up all floors). The non-essential external structural elements should not be included in the 30sqm allocation.
The participants are not required to propose a fully enclosed building envelope, however the cabin must be a space where guests can meditate, protected from all weather elements.
The six trees surrounding the site are Banksia Trees. The bushes are New Zealand natives made up of Kanuka, Marnuka then with other natives throughout the bushes such as Kuri, Remu, Silver Fern, Totara, Kaihai
The path from the main house to the meditation site is a simple track that is used by the cows, then it is simply a grassy hill that leads down to the site.
The pond is frequented by ducks all year round, there is a hidden Maimai at the pond that is used during duck shooting season, which is an annual licensed shooting season that Duncan (site owner) has participated in for over 50 years. The shooting season is necessary to cull duck numbers so they do not impact the natural eco system. The pond has water all year round and is surrounded by flax's and other native trees.  The other pond is between the main house and the cabin, this is another nature pond for ducks, native frogs and other natural species, this second pond is not for duck shooting and is preserved. 

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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