nature inspired youth centre

Nature Inspired Youth Center

Submission: May 29, 2022
Registration: April 16, 2022
Language: English
Location: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


We want to work with you to explore and think about shifting your current lifestyles and ways of designing toward a future in which humans are a part, a giving not distracting part, of nature. We would like to stimulate ideas and mechanisms to rebuild the connection between architecture and nature. We sincerely look forward to your participation in this mind-set changing design, so we can pass on with you a better place for youth to grow and connect.

This youth hub lies on the periphery of the beautiful hilly City of Coquitlam, BC, Canada. The area is full of old-grown forests, and walking trails. The city has a moderate coastal climate with average summer highs of 24C and winter lows of 1C. The city is relatively new with elegant neighborhoods.

In this hub, a calming pattern of green areas and natural features, evoke the feel of nature and “biophilia” – the love for life. It is  providing a natural exciting environment for the youth to grow, exercise, and connect. Incorporate biophilia* in the most innovative and exciting ways to design an inspiring place for our young  generation.

Stimulate gathering, healing, and self-expression!

The Site

Located in a nice quiet area in Coquitlam City, in the middle of a natural forest. The site is surrounded by Coquitlam Mountain in the north, and high school and middle school in the south. The forest is surrounding  the project on three sides. The land is a grassy meadow with dense trees on the edges. Most of the trees are red cider and douglas fir. It is a gently inclined site, with 3 degrees slope going down towards the street. The land area is 2500 sqm. The dimensions are shown on the plan.


Submissions to include plans, and 3D graphics of interiors and exteriors, and any other drawings or details.

All presented on 2 sheets of A2 size with a brief concept description.


Architectural Competitions are open to all students, emerging designers from every age and cultural background, working individually or in groups of up to five. Participating in this competition is totally free.


  • 16 April 2022 – Registration closes
  • 29 May 2022 – 23.59 hour – Submission closes
  • 28 June 2022 – Winners announcement

All times refer to Pacific Time


  • First Place Winner $250
  • The first 5 winners: will be featured in the magazine and given certificates

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<