Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Yoga House 
on a Cliff Yoga House 
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Yoga House 
on a Cliff

The town of Oleiros in central Portugal has a connection with Tibet and HRH the Dalai Lama that goes back 400 years. In 1600 the local priest, Padre Antonio de Andrade, travelled and studied throughout Europe and India, before eventually crossing the Himalayas into Tibet. There, as one of the first Europeans to enter Tibet, he opened orphanages and spread the messages of his faith, even converting the Tibetian royal family to Catholicism.

The current Dalai Lama has even said that he would like to visit Oleiros if he ever returns to Portugal, so that he can see the birthplace of Padre Antonio de Andrade.

400 years on, Oleiros is now home to Vale de Moses, listed by Forbes Magazine and Nat Geo UK Travel as one of the best yoga retreats in Europe, with even a few Tibetan buddhist teachings taking place, bringing it full circle. For the Yoga House on a Cliff architecture competition, participants are tasked to design a new building to increase the retreat’s hosting capacity, allowing more guests to visit from around the world.

The Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat located in the heart of the Portugal;

The current yoga house has the capacity for 18 participants, and the owners are looking to build a second practice space that could accommodate twice that. The new structure would need to be designed using eco-friendly techniques and materials in order to respect this protected forest area.

[left]: current Yoga shala; [right]: Vale de Moses Yoga Retreat founders Vonetta and Andrew;

With winning designs being considered for construction - and Portugal’s reputation as one of the greenest countries in Europe - projects are expected to have the potential to become a regional example of green building practice, focusing on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques. 

The competition site;

View from the competition site;

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. 


10,000 € + Construction
Total Prize Fund
4,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
3,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
Vale de Moses Favorite
1,000 €
Certificate of Achievement
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Certificate of Achievement


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


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

Jury panel

Diogo Burnay

Co-Founder, CVDB arquitectos, Portugal

Cristina Verissimo

Co-Founder, CVDB arquitectos, Portugal

Tiago Krusse

Journalist, Design Magazine, Portugal

Tiziano Borghini

Partner, GMAA–GM Architectes Associés, Switzerland

Martinho Pita

Founder, Martinho Pita Studio, Portugal

Nuno Pimenta

Founder, Nuno Pimenta, Portugal

Joana Astolfi

Founder and Creative Director, Studio Astolfi, Portugal

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]



Key dates

Closing date for registration

17 December, 2020 (extended)

Closing date for project submission

18 December, 2020 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

25 February, 2021

Registration fees

  • Overdue Registration
    13 November - 17 December
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    140 €
  • Students
    120 €
+21% VAT


Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.


Competition results in media

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Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
The 80m2 area size for the yoga room is a recommendation only. You may propose room that is slightly larger or smaller depending on your design.

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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