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Kurgi 
Observation Tower

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Kurgi 
Observation Tower

Kurgi farm is located in the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve, one of the most beautiful and scenic locations in Northern Europe and listed as a nature conservation area of international importance by UNESCO. Kurgi Farm is owned by a young couple, Kristaps and Laura, who were mesmerised by the natural beauty of the area. So much so that they decided to live there permanently.


North Latvia Biosphere Reserve
Kurgi farm’s primary focus is horse breeding, but not just any horses. Kurgi farm is one of the only breeding programmes in place for the Latvian Ardennes, a rare breed of local horse that is dangerously close to extinction, and Kurgi has one of the last four Latvian Ardennes studs in existence. The Latvian Ardennes is a breed of horse that the local community value highly as part of their historical heritage, and have been working hard to save from extinction.


Kurgi Farm is owned by a young couple, Kristaps and Laura; Kurgi farm’s primary focus is horse breeding
For the Kurgi Observation Tower competition, participants are tasked with designing a tower that will allow visitors to view and experience the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve in a new way. The proposed observation tower will be located on top of the hill of the Kurgi estate, to take in the spectacular views.


The proposed observation tower will be located on top of the hill of the Kurgi estate, to take in the spectacular views.
Kristaps and Laura intend the tower to be a part of their ecotourism concept, offering guests a refuge from the busy city life, a chance to find harmony in the spectacular views of nature, and to provide them with therapeutic experiences with the horses. 

As Kurgi farm has expressed an interest in the construction of this tower, designs will need to be both in keeping with the look and purpose of the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve, while having the potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right.

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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 updated: March 16 - "Competition Schedule")

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Prizes

US $7,000 + CONSTRUCTION
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
US $3,000
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
US $1,500
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
US $500
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
The Client's Favorite
US $1,000
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
BB STUDENT AWARD (more details)
US $500  
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
US $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

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

FULL JURY PANEL AVAILABLE HERE

Key dates

Closing date for registration

08 June, 2020

Closing date for project submission

16 July, 2020 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

09 August, 2020

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    07 March - 08 June
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    US $110
  • Students
    US $90
+21% VAT



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F.A.Q.

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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.
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Yes. Each project is eligible to win multiple prizes.
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