Baltic Way Memorial Building

Submission: December 30, 2015
Registration: December 09, 2015
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize:$6000, 2nd Prize:$3000, 3rd Prize:$1000
Type: Open


In this competition architecture enthusiasts are being asked to create a memorial building that, while being functional, will be mainly symbolic in nature. It’s a chance for architects and designers to create plans for a monumental structure that shows the strength nonviolent actions have when used to fight for people’s beliefs. 

On the 23rd of August 1989, approximately two million people joined hands to form a human chain, 600km long through the three Baltic countries. Their goal was to demonstrate the unity of their efforts to gain freedom from the occupation of the Soviet Union that had been in place for 50 years since World War II. 

The memorial building should comprise of an exhibition space, souvenir shop and cafe. Participants should concentrate on the memorial’s architectural fabric, shape and form and its symbolism. 

Through this architecture competition we wish to present a clear message that reminds people of how powerful nonviolent resistance can be.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. HMMD will award a total of US $10,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st prize winner – US$ 6,000
2nd prize winner – US$ 3,000
3rd prize winner – US$ 1,000

The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the HMMD website.

HMMD will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Competition Schedule:

Early Bird Registration: SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 14
Advance Registration: OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 11
Last Minute Registration: NOVEMBER 11 – DECEMBER 9

Closing date for registration: DECEMBER 9, 2015
Closing date for submission: DECEMBER 30, 2015 (11.59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: JANUARY 20, 2016


Early Bird Registration: US$ 90
Advance Registration: US$ 120
Last Minute Registration: US$ 140

Following documentation is available for download:

  • Full competition brief
  • Site and context photographs
  • CAD and PDF site plan and sections
  • 3D site model

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registering. The provided materials can be used or alternatives can be created or sourced at the participant’s discretion.


Competition is open for 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.

Go to the competition’s website