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Call for Submissions: Blue Clay Country Spa

  • 17:15 - 3 November, 2016
Call for Submissions: Blue Clay Country Spa
Call for Submissions: Blue Clay Country Spa, Courtesy of Unknown
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The Blue Clay Country Spa architecture competition, in partnership with SRED Global real estate developers, is tasking participants with presenting designs for a countryside guest house that would specialise in providing health treatments using this unique and naturally occurring organic product. Blue clay has long been used in restorative treatments, and provides health and beauty benefits in its naturally occurring form. Blue Clay has an exceptionally high mineral content and been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. The research is still being carried out to this day to further understand the clay’s antibacterial properties.

The Blue Clay Country Spa will be located in Latvia, a small European country in the Baltic region situated between Lithuania and Estonia, in an area that has a rich source of the blue clay. The Blue Clay Country Spa architecture competition will help to further promote ecotourism which is already very popular in Latvia. The country spa will allow guests to experience some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes and live and interact with nature, all while being pampered with beauty treatments from all natural products.

As one of Europe’s greenest countries, Latvia is a strong promoter of ecotourism, with overnight accommodation already offered in organic farms and country cottages. Ecotourism is especially popular in Latvia due in thanks to its remarkably low population density and the sheer amount of green and untouched natural areas.

For the Blue Clay Country Spa architecture competition, participants are asked to create designs for a guest house complex that is capable of providing accommodation for one family. The guest house would also need to include treatment rooms, accommodation for the staff, and other ecotourism elements such as a small farm to house local animals.

The winning designs will be considered for construction, and should focus on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques that will set a positive example of green building practice, and further popularise ecotourism in Latvia.


Competition is open for all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).


Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers will award a total of US $20,000 IN PRIZE MONEY to competition winners as follows:

  • 1st Prize Winner - US $11,000 
  • 2nd Prize Winner - US $6,000 
  • 3rd Prize Winner - US $2,000

Special awards:

  • BB Student Award - US $500 (more details here)
  • BB Green Award - US $500 (more details here)

In addition 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS will be selected.

SRED Global is committed to the construction of the Blue Clay Country Spa during 2017-2018 with all winning and honorable mention designs to be put forward for consideration for the final design of the spa.


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages.


  • Early Bird Registration: OCTOBER 13 - NOVEMBER 2
  • Advance Registration: NOVEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 7
  • Last Minute Registration: DECEMBER 8 - JANUARY 25
  • Closing date for registration: JANUARY 25, 2017
  • Closing date for submission: FEBRUARY 15, 2017 (11.59pm GMT)
  • Announcement of the winners: MARCH 8, 2017

Download the information related to this competition here.

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Cite: "Call for Submissions: Blue Clay Country Spa" 03 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884