The winners in the Stone Barn Meditation Camp Competition have been announced, with Bondarenko Group of Kharkov, Ukraine, taking first place. According to the jury, the winning design, by design team members Yulia Fedorenko, Aleksandr Fil, Anna Beketova, and Bogdan Bondarenko, features an effective use of space and sustainable energy, and is in context with the existing stone barn's rural and natural landscape.
The international architecture competition, by Bee Breeders, the leading architecture competition organizers based out of Hong Kong, in partnership with SRED property developers, aimed to create a holistic outlet and multipurpose recreational space for individuals visiting Vidzeme, one of the most remote regions of Latvia, which literally translates to "the Middle Land." The goal of the project was to encourage eco-tourism through an eco-friendly and cost-effective design.
According to the press release, respect and regard for the surrounding environment of the camp was a key aspect of many successful submissions in the eyes of the jury. They added that simple, elegant designs focused on a useful layout, and a balanced relationship with nature, was also apparent in the most thoughtful submissions.
Second prize went to a team from Agave Arquitectos of Hermasillo, Mexico, for “Medita,” their interpretation of the barn project. Third place went to A for Architecture of Nepal. The BB Student Award went to participants from Politechnika Wroclawska of Wrocław, Poland, and the BB Green Award went to the Konrad Kowalczyk team from Kraków, Poland. Alida Bata, a Senior Architect at Atkins design consultancy in London, and Sarah Ho, an architectural designer, also received honorable mentions.