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Great Kemeri Bog Visitor Center

October 12

The Kemeri National Park is the third-largest national park in Latvia, and covers over 380 km². The park is home to countless species of birds and wildlife, with a varied landscape that makes it a popular visitor attraction. Just 10% of the park is occupied by lakes, rivers and sulphur springs, while over half of it is forest.

Nearly a quarter of the park, however, is made up of bogs, and this is what most of the park’s visitors come to experience. The Kemeri Bog boardwalk offers guests a chance to explore the vast network of wooden boardwalks and nature paths that traverse the park. Visitors can see nature up close and venture into a world seemingly untouched by man.

The Great Kemeri Bog Visitor Center architecture competition is the second in a series run in conjunction with the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency. The participants are invited to submit designs for an entry point to the nature park. The entry point will need to feature an information centre with a small cafe, a terrace available for those camping in the area, a playground for children, as well as a car park and ticket booth.

As the Latvia Nature Conservation Agency has expressed an interest in the construction of this centre, designs will need to be both in keeping with the look and purpose of the national park, while having the potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Early Bird Registration: MAY 3 – JUNE 8
Advance Registration: JUNE 9 – JULY 20
Last Minute Registration: JULY 21 – OCTOBER 12

Closing date for registration: OCTOBER 12, 2018
Closing date for submission: NOVEMBER 8, 2018 (11:59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: DECEMBER 5, 2018

PRIZES

3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – US $3,000
2nd Prize – US $1,500
3rd Prize – US $500

+ 6 honourable mentions

BB Student Award – US $500
BB Green Award – US $500