International Architecture Competition

Pavilosta
Poet Huts

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Pavilosta 
Poet Huts

The Pavilosta Poet Huts competition called on designers to submit proposals for a writers community in the small coastal fishing village of Pāvilosta, Latvia, historically a port serving the nearby city of Liepāja. Pāvilosta is defined by its beaches and local fishing industry - visitors often make this a destination to spend time in nature and fresh air.

The competition sought designs for a small writers retreat where selected poets with free board can visit for short periods to produce their work. In addition to a set of five poet accommodations of various sizes, the designs were requested to include: plans for a multifunctional space able to accommodate small exhibitions, performances, readings and meditation sessions; a common kitchen and dining area; and host accommodations. ‘Huts’ were to house basic amenities including a bed, desk, kitchenette, washing station, and storage. Visitors are also expected to have access to outdoor meditative spaces and covered terraces.

In line with the location of the site and the intended program, participants were asked to consider strong connections with nature, the use of sustainable materials, and simple, cost-effective methods of construction.

The jury was impressed by the well-rounded response to this call for proposals. The submissions included a range of building typologies, such as isolated cabins scattered across the site, single buildings focused on the community experience, and even towers offering views to the surrounding region. Upon review of the materials, the jury members selected a set of winners that offered strong proposals for communal complexes that captured both the ability for writers to work in isolation, as well as interact with fellow visitors.

Bee Breeders would like to thank all the designers who participated in this design competition.

1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

A garden within a garden

University

Accademia di architettura mendrisio

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Daniel Brigginshaw

jury commentary

‘A garden within a garden’ references traditional Baltic architecture using local materials such as timber, and resourceful building methods. The design collects all of the program within a single structure. It offers a distinctly modern rectangular block form, articulated by a grid of vertical and horizontal lines of alternating thicknesses giving hierarchy to the form. The facade is defined by a square clerestory window set on horizontally-oriented rectangular facade panels. The project’s take on a courtyard-building typology lends to its intent on creating a sense of community for users. It intelligently mixes interior and exterior spaces under a common roof, and provides views to both the interior shared space of the courtyard and the exterior site. The structure uses repeated assemblies for ease of construction. The dark exterior cladding is black-stained timber, while the interiors are light and simple to provide clean spaces for work and living. The project conveys its ideas clearly using simple drawings and thoughtful renderings. The jury believes the project could be strengthened with an image depicting the relationship between the interior courtyard and the exterior site.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Enclosures

Company

Blank arkitekter ab

Country

Sweden

Project authors

Linnéa Holmberg
Maria Torrent
Karl Zetterholm

jury commentary

‘Enclosures’ also considers the writer as a worker that requires both isolation and community. The proposal places a single building in the center of the site, enclosing a garden with a large tree and meditation zone. The approximately circular form features a low profile with a pitched roof that covers a corridor on the interior side of the ring. The design uses a glulam primary structure clad with heartwood and plywood. In plan, enclosed spaces are interspersed with exterior covered terraces that offer permeability. The jury was impressed by the high quality of renderings and level of detail in the drawings. One can easily imagine a productive and quiet visit to this project. The jury questions whether alternative timber products might be considered that hold up longer to inclement winters and humid summers.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

The Pitch Hut

University

Technische universität berlin

Country

Germany

Project authors

Katharina Kocol
Olga Bialczak

jury commentary

This proposal offers a unique formal organization defined by two bars of program connected by a linear circulation space, like two bands of buildings facing an internal street. The first houses writers’ accommodations; the second is filled with shared program as well as host accommodations. As with the other winning proposals, ‘The Pitch Hut’ mixes internal spaces with external decks. Each writer’s hut contains a large vertical window offering exterior views, and a horizontal window paired with a desk for views to a private terrace. The accommodations provide ample working space that runs nearly the length of the structure. The jury believes the submission would be further strengthened with interior images of the communal spaces.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

Scrivum

University

University of the free state

Country

South Africa

Project authors

Margaux Loubser

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Pavilosta Poet Huts

Country

Germany

Project authors

Francesco Ceccato
Barbara Lučić
Joana Koslowski

Project Name

The Wreath

Country

Mexico

Project authors

Sergio Ramirez Hernandez

Project Name

Tower

University

Wrocław university of science and technology

Country

Poland

Project authors

Agata Mila

Project Name

A glade

Country

France

Project authors

Agathe Sautet
Grégoire Hubert
Eloïse Rudolph

Project Name

Poetlife

Country

Hungary

Project authors

Renáta Orova
Tamás Hamburger

Project Name

Intervention:

University

Tokyo institute of technology

Country

Japan

Project authors

Hiroyuki Gondo

Shortlisted projects

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United States

jingyuan gao
nika mo
yiheng yu

United Kingdom

Bartlett school of architecture, university college london

lynn (lingyun) qian
jarron tham

Chile

alejandro morales
matias honorato
francisca cifuentes

France

amelie creach
delphine levy
marie-ange ducoin
marion maux

Germany

dietrich kroecker
viktoria esenina

Japan

Tokyo institute of technology

hiroyuki gondo

Poland

Poznan university of technology

amanda skorupa

United States

kaikang shen
yijia wang
yaran zhang

Serbia

Arhi.pro

nikola jovicic
mila petrusic
vladimir bojovic

Greece

alexandra daliani
alexandros stogiannis
panagiotis papadospoulos

Poland

Wrocław university of science and technology

agata mila

Romania

iulian tatarciuc
victor martiniuc

Russian Federation

Moscow architectural institute - markhi

ekaterina luniakova
anastasia krasnova

Spain

ana gonzález gonzález
paula vegas carrizo

United States

paul jasper
arturo chávez guadarrama

United Kingdom

sam parsons
caroline moore
akash mehta
annie bellamy

Lithuania

Vda, klaipeda faculty

agne stankute
kipras bulve

Mexico

juan carlos cano
ricardo hernandez

Germany

francesco ceccato
barbara lučić
joana koslowski

South Africa

University of the free state

margaux loubser

Germany

Technische universität kaiserslautern

julian lengert
sandra brand

United States

Iowa state university

nolan sullivan
benjamin hansen

United States

The university of texas at san antonio

garrett burleson

Austria

stephanie topf
felix böhnlein
leo schleith
hans peter bremm

Poland

Archi-tektura

jerzy latka
agata jasiołek
weronika abramczyk
magdalena jabłońska

Latvia

Cmb

krista lauska
zane korola
laura gleizde

United Kingdom

Accademia di architettura mendrisio

daniel brigginshaw

Bulgaria

kristian andonov
denislav ivanov
peter petkov
dimitar mehandjiev

Sweden

agnese prodniece
philip barsan
mari owrenn
roman novak

Germany

Technische universität berlin

katharina kocol
olga bialczak

Hungary

renáta orova
tamás hamburger

Latvia

arturs tols
elīna lībiete
ivars veinbergs

United States

University of oklahoma

kyle berger

Russian Federation

maxim gurvich
ivan dragan
ahror salidjanov
anfisa olennikova

France

agathe sautet
grégoire hubert
eloïse rudolph

United Kingdom

paula bloma
mufaddal nagree

India

anand raj m
jayanthi v
devesh b
ashok kumar m

United States

john umbanhowar
suki kwan
paula soler

Belarus

Unique design company

iryna daumatovich
alexsey melehin
stanislau mironenka
nastassia branovets

China

Nanjing tech university

shutian wang
xuefei tian
junyi zhao

Switzerland

Heia fr

marielle neuhaus
lorain bernasconi

Sweden

Blank arkitekter ab

linnéa holmberg
maria torrent
karl zetterholm
 

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