Bangkok Artists Retreat

Submission: March 09, 2016
Registration: February 24, 2016
Language: English
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Prizes: 1st Prize: US $6,000, 2nd Prize: US $3,000, 3rd Prize: US$ 1,000
Type: Open


Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers are asking architecture enthusiasts to repurpose a very special site in Bangkok, the vintage shopping mall called the ‘Nightingale.’ What was once a thriving shopping destination for both locals and tourists, this iconic building within the heart of the Bangkok old town has long been left to ruin.

In an effort to help restore some of the tourism that Bangkok has lost in recent months – due to a combination of political unrests and violent bombings – we would like to propose a new use for the Nightingale mall, as an artists retreatBangkok has long been a haven for artists and creative types to come and work. Thailand’s capital has a unique ambiance along with a very low cost of living that makes it attractive to artists looking for a place to come and be inspired.

The proposed new function of the Nightingale would be to offer artists studios in which they could work, accommodation in the form of a hostel and an exhibition space in which to show their work. Designs for the Bangkok Artists Retreat should be such that it would have the potential to be on the same level as the city’s other cultural icons and landmarks, in addition to improving the quality of neighbourhood as a whole.

Participants have full creative freedom with regards to the current structure – they are free to leave it as it is, add to it or even demolish it completely. Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers would ask participants to thoroughly research different artistsretreats around the world, the Bangkok lifestyle and Bangkok architecture in order to create designs that are unique and compelling.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers 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 Bee Breeders website.


Early Bird Registration: NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 23, 2015
Advance Registration: DECEMBER 24 – JANUARY 27, 2016
Last Minute Registration: JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 24

Closing date for registration: FEBRUARY 24, 2016
Closing date for submission: MARCH 9, 2016 (11.59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: MARCH 23, 2016


Enthusiasts and Companies / Students

Early Bird Registration: US $90 / US $70
Advance Registration: US $120 / US $100
Last Minute Registration: US $140 / US $120


Competition is open for all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).

Go to the competition’s website