pape natural park gateway

Pape Nature Park Gateway

Submission: May 22, 2018
Registration: April 18, 2018
Language: English
Location: Pape Nature Park, Latvia
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The Pape Nature Park in the south west region of Latvia is a birdwatching paradise, and home to some of the region’s most unique and majestic species found in the wild. In addition to being a home for some 50,000 migratory birds each year, the Pape Nature Park is now renowned for its reintroduction of several large herbivore species into the wild. Most notably was the reintroduction of wild horses, who had been driven from the area by human agriculture and settlements.

Spreading over some 51,000 hectares, the core of the park is the Papes Lake and the Nidas Marsh, along which there are several walking and hiking trails that allow park visitors to get up close and personal with the diverse nature found there.

The Pape Nature Park Gateway competition is the second collaboration with “Pasaules Dabas Fonds”, the official WWF associate partner in Latvia. For this architecture competition, participants are asked to design an entrance point to the nature park; one that serves a practical function as well as enhancing the look and appeal of the nature park.

The entry point will need to include a ticket booth, visitor accommodation, a terrace for campers, and a playground for the kids. Project designs should consider that this will be the face of an internationally recognisable landmark, and should have the potential to become an icon in itself, with all winning designs being put forward to the “Pasaules Dabas Fonds”, the official WWF associate partner in Latvia for consideration for construction.


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


Early Bird Registration: 19 OCTOBER – 15 DECEMBER
Advance Registration: 16 DECEMBER – 21 FEBRUARY
Last Minute Registration: 22 FEBRUARY – 18 APRIL

Closing date for registration: 18 APRIL, 2018
Closing date for submission: 22 MAY, 2018 (11:59 pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners: 13 JUNE, 2018

Go to the competition’s website