urban zoo competition

Urban Zoo Coworking Design Challenge

Submission: February 19, 2019
Registration: February 08, 2019
Language: English
Location: Riga, Latvia
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Project Competition


One of the biggest appeals of starting your own business is escaping from the rat race and  the urban jungle, and giving yourself the freedom to work where and when you want. The evolution of the job market has made it more possible than ever for individuals to work remotely, setting up their laptops in coffee shops around the world in search of a more flexible work environment.

However, with little structure and no accountability, remote workers quickly started searching for more effective workspaces, hence the creation of coworking spaces. Coworking spaces provide a professional yet relaxed environment; one that is open to collaboration with other similarly-minded individuals, but still provide complete autonomy and flexibility.

For the Urban Zoo Coworking Design Challenge, competition participants are tasked with designing the interior concept for a new chain of coworking spaces set to launch their first location in the heart of Latvia’s capital city, Riga.

Urban Zoo Coworking looks to be “a home for creative beasts”, and participants will be creating the interior identity of the brand, one that can be applied to each subsequent locations to open.

For this competition, participants will be able to select from two different layouts to work with, however it is vital that the submitted designs can be adapted and are applicable to multiple locations and are suitable for both proposed example layouts.

Urban Zoo Coworking is looking to become an internationally recognized brand, known for promoting tomorrow’s concept of a dynamic and flexible workplace that focuses on sustainable, ergonomic design. Launching first in Riga, Urban Zoo Coworking has plans to quickly expand, opening coworking spaces in Scandinavia and then across Western Europe.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $5,000 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


Early Bird Registration: NOVEMBER 6 – DECEMBER 7
Advance Registration: DECEMBER 8 – JANUARY 11
Last Minute Registration: JANUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 8

Closing date for registration: FEBRUARY 8, 2019
Closing date for submission: FEBRUARY 19, 2019 (11:59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: MARCH 1, 2019

Go to the competition’s website