Cannabis Bank Architecture Competition

Submission: June 22, 2016
Registration: June 08, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st. Prize: $6,000, 2nd. Prize: $3,000, 3rd. Prize: $1,000
Type: Open


The Bee Breeders Cannabis Bank architecture competition is an opportunity for architecture enthusiasts to explore how architecture could potentially influence society. Without restrictions on site selection, all participants must focus on is creating a strong yet versatile identity for their designs, allowing it to be recreated in any country and still be instantly recognisable.

Cannabis, pot, marijuana. By all its names it is still considered illegal in many countries around the world. However, cannabis has long been known to have many beneficial uses, especially when it comes to medical treatment. Cannabis has been used to treat epilepsy, the nausea from chemotherapy, as well as glaucoma, Crohn’s disease and muscle spasms related to multiple sclerosis.

Some countries have come around to the idea of cannabis as being less harmful that other drugs and have legalised it, but the image associated with obtaining it is still one of back alleys and dodgey dealers. Therefore Bee Breeders is launching the Cannabis Bank architecture competition.

As this is a theoretical competition, the building can be located anywhere in any country as, unlike many of our other architecture competitions, the Cannabis Bank does not have a specific site selected. Instead, participants are tasked with choosing their own desired location, whether it’s their home country or another inspiring location. This allows participants to use their designs for the Cannabis Bank to draw attention to the positive influence cannabis can have on a society, whether it’s legal in their chosen location or not.

The function of the Cannabis Bank will therefore need to vary depending on each chosen location. If the sale and use of pot is still illegal, then the Cannabis Bank should function as a medical marijuana dispensary. If it’s legal, the Cannabis Bank should serve as more than just a place to purchase pot. It should educate and inform the public on its benefits, uses and side effects.


No specific site has been chosen for this theoretical architecture competition. We are challenging participants to select a site near them which could act as a potential location for the Cannabis Bank. We feel that the arguments for cannabis criminalisation are not valid and that cannabis should be legal worldwide.

The chosen site should be one that challenges people’s perceptions and provokes a reaction from the public. The site choice should attract attention and spark a discussion about legalising Cannabis globally, work to counter any arguments against it, and answer questions about what life would be like if cannabis was legal.

What would be the result of having a Cannabis Bank in your neighbourhood? How could its design and architecture identify it as a reputable business and distance the sale of cannabis from its erroneous bad reputation?


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

Under no circumstances will jury panel members, organisers, nor any persons with whom they have direct personal or professional relationships, be allowed to participate in this competition.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breederarchitecture 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

+ 6 Honorable Mentions

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


Early Bird Registration: MARCH 9 – APRIL 13
Advance Registration: APRIL 14 – MAY 11
Last Minute Registration: MAY 12 – JUNE 8

Closing date for registration: JUNE 8, 2016
Closing date for submission: JUNE 22, 2016 (11.59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: JULY 6, 2016


  • The design should be applicable to any location globally and portray a strong image of respectability;

  • The building should have a strong visual appearance that would be instantly recognisable globally;
  • The building should be adaptable enough to change its function from medical to recreational dispensary should the legal status change in the chosen country;

    The project qualities listed above are minimum requirements; the competition brief is open for adaptation and improved development strategies.


Participants are required to upload four (4) A2 landscape-orientated presentation boards (must not exceed 5mb per .jpg/.jpeg file) with sketches, renders, plans, sections, elevations, diagrams and/or other presentation tools to explain their proposal.

No video files are accepted.

All information provided in writing must be in English.

All submissions must be uploaded via beebreeders.com upload panel. Access information and instructions on how to upload the presentation panel is issued to participants via email immediately after successful registration.

Presentation boards must not indicate any information related to individual’s/team’s identity.

Participants that do not comply with the requirements will be disqualified without a refund.

Go to the competition’s website