International Architecture Competition

Pape
Nature Park
Gateway

Results

Foreword

Launched as the second in a series of architecture competitions focusing on the natural splendor of the Pape Nature Park in Latvia, the Pape Nature Park Gateway architecture competition tasked participants with envisioning iconic and creative projects for an entranceway into the park, combining functional services and aesthetic design on a scale that would welcome guests and imprint a memory not soon forgotten.

The Pape Nature Park is something of a natural wonder in itself, spanning some 51,000 hectares in the south west region of Latvia. It has become a birdwatching paradise as it sees over 50,000 migratory birds each year, and even reintroduced other wildlife back into nature. Most notably was the reintroduction of wild horses, who had been driven from the area by human agriculture and settlements.

Participants balanced their desire to create an iconic landmark with the properties necessary for day-to-day life at the park, including a ticket booth, visitor accommodation, a terrace for campers, and a playground for the kids in their project designs. For this competition, the jury focused its attention on each project’s buildability, and how it would carefully consider environmental impact while at the same time working within a limited budget.

The high quality of the winning projects as well as the honorable mentions reflects the outstanding level of work submitted. Bee Breeders would like to thank all entrants for their participation.

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1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

LEARNING FROM ASCETISM - Against austerity: for a fundamentalist materialism Belgium

Project authors

Arthur Schoeler
Corentin Dalon

jury commentary

Though a rather long-winded title, “LEARNING FROM ASCETISM - Against austerity: for a fundamentalist materialism” really captured the jury’s attention with its simplicity. A simple tower built of wood, straw, and earth, with a stone foundation that anchors it to the landscape, balancing the strength of the elements in its very structure. The jury loved the straightforward design, and how the participants created such a bold and elegant statement that shared such a strong connection with the earth and green design. It managed all this while fitting in the suggested budget, accommodating the competition programme and incorporating a new function, an observation platform. For this reason it was awarded both first prize and the BB Green Award.

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2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Gateway to Pape Nature Park United States

Project authors

Jeffrey Clancy

jury commentary

The “Gateway To Pape Nature Park” take cues from vernacular materials and typologies without attempting to mimic. The simple barn-like roof structure hovers gently over the untouched dirt road, framing the beauty of the destination beyond and is accompanied by humble stone volumes that house programmatic elements of visitor center. What stood out to the jury was the careful consideration the entrant had given to the construction process, creating an impressive shape that was scaleable, without dramatically increasing the budget. Its high, repetitive roof structure allows access for large vehicles, with traditional barn-raising techniques proving more than adequate for its construction, eliminating the need for heavy machinery.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Origami Roof Ukraine

Company

Bondarenko group

Project authors

Bogdan Bondarenko
Kostiantyn Bondarenko
Olena Kashpur
Marharyta Motylevska

jury commentary

The Origami Roof repurposes an abandoned 40 foot cargo container and integrates it into the core of its structure. The participants envisioned their project as less of a security point or border to the park, but rather an entrance into the world of pristine nature, with much of the structure being transparent, serving as a window into the wild. What marks this entry is its potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right, with its planking and reed roof in keeping with local folk architecture, while also being strikingly unique and eye catching and sure to appear in many Instagram posts for years to come.

BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

"Blow, Chain" The Gateway of Wood Chain Japan

University

Waseda university

Project authors

Mori Kahara

Honorable mentions

Project Name

Gatehouse United States

Project authors

Justin Oh
Jeremy Leonard

Project Name

Unseen Landmark Italy

Project authors

Antonio Filippo Camera
Pietro Canova
Martina Dal Pont

Project Name

Beak and Pinion Japan

Project authors

Kaon Ko
Hiroki Kondo
Yuki Matsubara
Satoshi Hotsumi

Project Name

Austras Koks Italy

Project authors

Guido Mitidieri

Project Name

Into the Woods Italy

Project authors

Alessia Falcini
Christelle Maalouf

Project Name

Woodpile Spain

Project authors

Fernando Alonso Tuero
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