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REBIRTH OF THE BATH HOUSE

Architecture Vision Competition / US$ 10 000


Introduction


As the first competition in a design series focused on Liepaja Seaside Park - a historically exclusive retreat area in Liepaja, Latvia - you are presented with an opportunity to express your vision for the revitalisation and further development of the ‘Bath House’, designed by Paul Max Berchi in 1902.

Inside its richly furnished halls, visitors had the chance to experience immersion in warm seawater, and healing mud baths. Visitors were offered a range of recreational therapies like hydrotherapy, Roman and Irish saunas, and latter mud, carbonic acid, and sulfur baths. After WWII the swimming facility functioned as a resort and sanatorium, attracting health and rest seekers from Latvia and abroad. In 1978 an underground lake 1300 meters beneath the swimming facility was discovered, containing high-quality minerals. The valuable spring remains active, and a recent water quality check proves that the water is in excellent condition and usable for therapeutic purposes. However, in 1993 soon after Latvia regained its independence the sanatorium was shut down and has remained closed since, nevertheless due to rapid economic growth in the region, there are hopes that this iconic building can be restored and once again used as the Bath House.

The design brief is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies. The proposal should consider all areas inside and outside the building. We encourage participants to reactivate the iconic Bath House building, as well as add new structures and new functions to the complex.

More information on site restrictions, design proposal requirements and design proposal recommendations can be found in the competition brief available for download.

Jury:

Indulis Kalns - Liepaja city head architect, Latvia
Gemawang Swaribathoro - architect, OMA, Hong Kong
Andrejs Edvards Rauchut - 2010 Cooper Union graduate, associate professor at RISEBA
Allison Schwartz - architectural designer, MA Architects, USA
Agata Piet - architect PhD student, Faculty of Architecture, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland
Audrey McKee - architectural designer, Renzo Piano, France


Prizes

1st prize - US$ 5000

2nd prize - US$ 1500

3rd prize - US$ 500

+ 6 honourable mentions

The winners and honourable mentions will get international art and design media coverage and featured on the Homemade Dessert website.


Winners will be featured in following media:

Archiscene web
E-architect web
NIP Magazine web
Aroots web
Urdesign web
Archi.ru web
Architime.ru web
Opengap web
Projectbaltia web
DSGNR web
Arquimaster web
Cosas De Arquitectos web
Urukia web
Espacodearquitectura web

List to be updated.

Potential media partners are welcome to send their cooperation proposals - contact@homemadedessert.org

Schedule

Registration: DEC 24, 2013 - MAY 2, 2014  (11.59pm GMT)

Closing date for registration:  MAY 2, 2014 (11.59pm GMT)

Closing date for submission:  MAY 23, 2014 (11.59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners:  JUN 10, 2014 


Fees:

Registration: US$ 120


Following information is available for download: (Updated 25 Feb) 

- Plans, sections, elevations, vegetation map (CAD File)
- 3D model (CAD File)
- 3D model (Sketch Up)
- Interior photographs
- Context photographs


Eligibility:

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



FAQ

In the brief it mentions "No underground construction due to the proximity of the sea", please clarify if open-air structures which require ground excavation, such as swimming pools, are allowed.

Underground construction is allowed if there is a strong rationale for it (underground car parks and basement spaces is hardly rational in the given context). Swimming pools are allowed as such structures are linked closely to design scheme what is expected from participants. 

Is it possible to demolish parts of the bath house?

We recommend participants to maintain the integrity of the existing building, nevertheless participants are allowed to propose partial demolishment of the building if there is a strong rationale to do so.

Can you provide thermal springs chemical structure?

Please contact us to request the document.

Are participants allowed to build below ground level?

Due to proximity of the sea we do not recommend underground construction, nevertheless participants are allowed to propose it as long as rational justification is provided.

Can you provide Liepaja Seaside Park and Bath House building names in Latvian for more-in-depth research?

Liepaja Seaside Park - Liepajas Piejūras Parks / Liepājas Pludmales Parks / Liepājas Jūrmalas Parks

Bath House - Liepājas Sanatorija / Liepājas Vannu Māja

Is it possible to provide access for cars from small branch of Peldu street on the south of the Bath House (right next to 2 buildings that are going to be demolished)?

Yes

How to participate in the competition?

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.

Can one team submit multiple proposals?

One proposal per registration. Participants are entitled to register multiple times, to participate in the competition with several proposals.

Does the winner have priority to take part in the further project stages?

Homemade Dessert will provide the Liepajas City Council with all the competition winner's contact information upon approval from the winners to do so. Whether or not  the Liepajas City Council decides to cooperate with the specific designers depends purely on the Liepaja City Council.

Do you plan the publication of the best projects in international architectural resources/web-sites/blogs, if so which are they?

Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry related media representatives. The list of media parters is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.

I am experiencing problems with downloading the informative material package!

Alternative download source - click here!

I am experiencing problems with payment processing!

Please contact us – contact@homemadedessert.org and we will address the problem directly.

I can not upload my project!

Here are a few steps we suggest you try to make the upload work:

- Try to use secure internet connection
- Try different browser (some issues with Internet explorer have been reported previously)
- Make sure file size do not exceed 5mb

Please let us know if problem still persists.



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