Retreat – Challenge to design a rejuvenating retreat

Submission: January 18, 2022
Registration: January 17, 2022
Language: English
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open Competition


How will one define a space of pause and revival? Space where one feels re-energized and revived to go back when leaving. This challenge aims to design a retreat centre that helps in disconnecting people from their busy city life and connects them with nature, by offering relaxation and luxury spaces that would help them rewind. Challenge is to showcase a strong connection with its context and its natural flora fauna while using its natural abundance to create a relaxing environment.

The idea of a retreat varies according to every single person but what remains constant is the concept of spaces that offer luxury and comfort while giving the serene and calm environment to experience the sheer feeling of calm.


Comfort: Understand the concept of retreat spaces and how they are created to provide comfort to the users.

Context: Study the site context, the limitations, and the scope that the site offers in terms of the flora and fauna and architectural heritage as the design blends with the landscape.

Engage: Explore the possibilities towards nature and the human connection by trying to break through the boundaries of architectural intervention. Try to create a space that goes a step ahead to provide a closer connection to the nature it resides in.

Therapy: Identify the key spaces that will help achieve the feeling of ‘revival and relaxation’ under the same roof.

Sustainable: Reduce the negative impact of design on the environment, by improving building performance, reducing waste, and ensuring comfort for occupants.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.

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