Register: SEP/27/2017, Submit: OCT/25/2017, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (MAY/16 – JUN/07/2017), architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 90 USD (JUN/08 – JUL/28/2017), architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (JUL/29 – SEP/27/2017); discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, BB Student Award – 500 USD, BB Green Award – 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
The Amber Road Trekking Cabins architecture competition, in partnership with the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency, is calling for designs for a series of trekking cabins to be situated along the immense and beautiful Amber Road trekking path. The path will span the full length of Latvia, running along the Baltic Sea beaches which are an undiscovered gem of Northern Europe’s pristine natural beauty.
The Amber Road trekking path is planned to allow long-distance hikers to traverse the country, reaching from the Latvia-Lithuania border to the Latvia-Estonia border. Receiving its name from the shiny specimens that wash up on the beaches to this day, the total length of the trekking path would be 530 km, and it would be included as part of one of the European long-distance paths, a network of 12 paths designated by the European Ramblers Association. Path E9 is a hiking trail that follows the coastline, branching out from the Baltics to include countries like Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, and Spain to name a few.
For the Amber Road Trekking Cabins architecture competition, participants are tasked with producing unique and creative designs for a series of cabins that could be placed along this long and arduous route. The designs should be suitable for the various different terrains that will be encompassed along this hiking trail, taking special consideration to be constructed in preserved environments.
The Trekking Cabins should be in keeping with Latvia’s heritage, and their design should comfortably adapt to suit various environments, with the potential of becoming an iconic part of the landscape themselves. Working within a modest budget, the trekking cabins must provide guests with safe and comfortable lodgings, allowing both hikers and their guides the facilities to rest and enjoy the natural scenery.
Winning designs for the Amber Road Trekking Cabins will be considered for construction by the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency as a way to help boost Latvia’s trekking tourism.
Participants must present designs for the following structures:
- Cost-effective, environmentally responsible and energy efficient construction for remote areas with no road access;
- No/minimal excavation.
- Must provide very basic, safe, comfortable, and mosquito-proof lodgings for 4 guests;
- No service areas are required (no toilets; showers; kitchens etc.), but can be proposed as long as they do not significantly increase the project costs;
- Landscape elements can be proposed (benches; small playgrounds etc);
- Recommended building material – timber;
- Low maintenance in terms of effort and costs;
The project qualities listed above are minimum requirements; the competition brief is open to adaptation and improved development strategies.