Respites 2.0 – Nature-centric hospice design challenge

Submission: October 4, 2022
Registration: October 3, 2022
Language: English
Location: Arkansas City, United States
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The architecture competition brief calls for a design of a nature-centric hospice design, which is focused on creating and facilitating human nature connected through architecture. The aim of the competition is to come up with unique design solutions for a hospice that creatively blurs the borders between interior and exterior by offering a direct connection between them.

Innovating the concept and idea of a hospice care space, by imagining it beyond as a terminally ill care space, but as a place that offers relief and the opportunity to reconnect with oneself and nature.

Inclusion of different aspects of design strategies that will aid and facilitate the connection of nature, through green, biophilic architectural design strategies.

This design should redefine the way we look at palliative care in a positive and refined manner, thus changing our perception of these spaces and also towards how we respond to them.

Hospice design plays a fundamental role in how the inhabitants, and the patients respond and get affected during the last moments at the centre. People during their final days, often crave for connection to nature, to natural environments, as the cycle of life completes back to its roots.

Often due to the severity of their ailments and for medical reasons they spend most of their time inside the buildings than outside. Such situations create a clear disconnect between the inhabitants and nature, making it harder for the inhabitants to experience recovery or relief.

Nature has been said to work as a healing aspect in various different situations; the mere presence of nature in the surroundings can create a great impact on inhabitants’ well-being. The need for connection between nature provides an opportunity for recovery, and also relief, relaxation and a stress-free environment.

Considering the concerns and impacts nature has on the people in hospices, through what architectural design strategies can a stress-free connection be achieved successfully? 


Winner 6000 USD Cash+Crafted Trophy & certificate + UNI Year Book Copy + UNI Merchandise + Insignia + Opportunity to associate with UNI as a curator

Runner – Up 6 x 1400 USD Cash+Crafted Trophy & certificate + UNI Year Book Copy + UNI Merchandise+Insignia

Honorable Mention 12 x 600 USD Cash+Crafted certificate + Insignia

People’s Choice 4 x 600 USD Cash+Crafted certificate + Insignia

The prize pool is dependent on the total number of registrations received. Please check the awards and fees section to learn more about it. There will be a total of 100 (20%) entries that will be shortlisted for the final awards. All the shortlisted entries will be entitled to e-certificates.


29 April 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Regular Registration starts

29 April 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Public voting starts

03 October 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Regular Registration ends

04 October 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Submission ends

19 October 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Shortlisted entries announced

25 October 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 Jury evaluation starts

18 November 2022, 4:00 PM GMT+01:00 Jury evaluation ends

19 November 2022, 4:00 PM GMT+01:00 Public voting ends

01 December 2022, 4:00 PM GMT+01:00 Result announcement



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