Kurgi Observation Tower Competition

Kurgi Observation Tower Competition

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Kurgi farm, owned by the young couple Kristaps and Laura, is located in the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve is one of the most beautiful and scenic locations in Northern Europe and listed as a nature conservation area by UNESCO. Kurgi Farm’s primary focus is horse breeding for the Latvian Ardennes, a rare breed of local horse that is dangerously close to extinction and highly valued by the local community as part of their historical heritage.

For the Kurgi Observation Tower competition, participants are tasked with designing an observation tower on top of the hill of the Kurgi estate. It is a part of the ecotourism concept, offering guests a refuge from the busy city life, a chance to find harmony in the spectacular views of nature, and to provide them with therapeutic experiences with the horses. The Design will need to be both in keeping with the look and purpose of the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve, while having the potential to become an iconic landmark.


This competition is opened to everyone, architects, companies, students and also enthusiasts. It started 7th March 2020 and the registration is still possible until 8th June 2020. Please note that there is a participation fee of 140 USD, for students 120 USD. The project submission is until 16th July 2020 (11:59pm GMT+0). 9th August 2020, the winners will be announced. A total prize fund of 7 000 USD will be awarded to 6 participants or participant teams and the construction costs will be covered. Moreover there are 6 honorable Mentions.

More informations and the registration:  beebreeders.com/architecturecompetitions/kurgitower

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