irish architecture competition

Irish Cult Music Venue

Submission: May 17, 2018
Registration: April 13, 2018
Language: English
Location: Connolly’s of Leap, Ireland
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


For a relatively small country, Ireland has a rich musical history which is incredibly diverse and spanning all musical genres. Connolly’s of Leap is a venue which promotes all types of music; from traditional Irish folk music, to the most avant garde electronic music of today. The IRISH MUSIC VENUE architecture competition focuses on breathing new life into an existing and iconic music venue in the heart of rural Ireland.
The IRISH MUSIC VENUE competition at its core is concerned with acknowledging Ireland’s place in the music industry and promoting it to an international audience, while also exploring how an existing music venue can be transformed to become an iconic destination in its own right. Ultimately, it is hoped that the competition will provide a strong precedent for other rural venues, both in Ireland and abroad.

The competition has two distinct elements: one is concerned with the music venue itself, and the other encompasses all the other ancillary spaces which would exist outside the music venue. Considering the music venue’s rich heritage, care should be taken to preserve the integrity and spirit of the space. However, design interventions within the music venue itself are encouraged as long as they are in keeping with the spirit of the existing venue. The ancillary buildings, now used mainly for storage, can be completely redesigned from the ground up.

Though this is an ideas competition, there is intent on the part of the venue to go into development at some point in the future. As such participants should feel free to push the boundaries of their creativity and challenge themselves to create novel approaches to redesigning this venue, while at the same time respecting the heritage of the existing bar.


3 winning proposals, 2 special awards 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

Connolly’s of Leap expressed an intent on the part of the venue to go into development in the future.


Early Bird Registration: 18 OCTOBER – 13 DECEMBER
Advance Registration: 14 DECEMBER – 16 FEBRUARY
Last Minute Registration: 17 FEBRUARY – 13 APRIL

Closing date for registration: 13 APRIL, 2018
Closing date for submission: 17 MAY, 2018 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners: 06 JUNE, 2018

Go to the competition’s website