pape bird observation tower architecture competition

Architecture Competition: Pape Bird Observation Tower

Submission: October 25, 2017
Registration: September 29, 2017
Language: English
Location: Latvia’s Pape Nature Park, Latvia
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Bee Breeders, in collaboration with “PASAULES DABAS FONDS” THE WWF ASSOCIATE PARTNER IN LATVIA, are calling for submissions for the Pape Bird Observation Tower architecture competition. The first in a series of competitions based in Latvia’s Pape Nature Park,the Pape Bird Observation Tower is looking for iconic designs for a replacement for the park’s previous observation tower that burned down when it was struck by lightning.

Pape Nature Park plays a vital role in protecting many different species of plants, birds and animals, and is most known for its role reintroducing wild horses, auroxen, and bison into the region. The park is looking for designs for an iconic tower that can help to gently influence the delicate ecosystem surrounding it.

The competition is now open until September 29 with all winning designs being put forward for consideration for construction, as well as sharing a total prize fund of US $6,000.

The Pape Nature Park is home to a uniquely diverse ecosystem. There are a great number of protected plant, animal and bird species concentrated within the relatively small park area, which is located in the Nica and Rucava Municipalities in the South Western region of Latvia.

The Pape Nature Park is most known for being the first place in Latvia to reintroduce wild horses, auroxen, and bison back into the wild, however it also plays a vital role in the nesting habits of many species of birds. The Lake Pape area is an internationally-recognised breeding, migrating and wintering site for many birds, and is included on the list of ‘Important Bird Areas in Europe’.

The Pape Bird Observation Tower competition is the first in a series of architecture competitions organised in collaboration with “PASAULES DABAS FONDS” THE WWF ASSOCIATE PARTNER IN LATVIA. Participants are tasked with creating designs for a new bird observation tower to replace the previous one that was struck by lightning and burnt down.

For this competition the jury is looking for a design that would enable the new bird observation tower to shape the very sensitive environment surrounding it, as well as giving it the potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right.


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.


3 winning proposals 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
More information about the special awards at PAPEBIRDOBSERVATIONTOWER.beebreeders.com.

“PASAULES DABAS FONDS” THE OFFICIAL WWF ASSOCIATE PARTNER IN LATVIA is committed to the construction of the Pape Bird Observation Tower in 2018 with all winning and honourable mention designs to be put forward for consideration for the final design of the tower.


Early Bird Registration: MAY 9 – JUNE 9
Advance Registration: JUNE 10 – JULY 26
Last Minute Registration: JULY 27 – SEPTEMBER 29

Closing date for registration: SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
Closing date for submission: OCTOBER 27, 2017 (11:59 pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: NOVEMBER 16, 2017

Go to the competition’s website