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Architecture Competition / US$ 4000 / registration closing date: November 28, 2013



Welcome to Homemade Dessert's architecture vision competition "Brutalist Facelift", strictly connected to the ongoing architecture vision competition: "Ghost Town Challenge".

This time, instead of asking for the introduction of a new element within Karosta's urban scape we would like you to think on a particular way to restore the lost vitality of the “brutalist” 
apartment buildings, by acting directly upon them.

Their powerful urban presence is evident, although their bad physical conditions are requiring an urgent answer. One could reinvent them or highlight them in a subtle way. This is your choice. We would like you to figure out a clever method to change their image and to redefine their future, by means of inexpensive materials, color introduction or simple but effective conceptual approaches.

What could really uplift this place and these buildings? What can be made to turn this place around? Are you subtle or radical? Give us your insight!

You are allowed to use all kinds of presentation tools: 3d graphics, hand drawings, paintings, collages or others; you are requred to upload one A3 presentation board (landscape) with perspective and two elevations. Specific angles for those images and further information about the buildings can be found in the document package available to download. 

This is a vision competition that should be treated as an academic  exercise. None of the organising parties have any commitments to proceed with renovation.


Indulis Kalns - Liepaja city head architect, Latvia
Carlos M Guimarães - architect, depA, correspondent of A10 magazine, Portugal
Pangalos Dugasse Feldmann - architect, lecturer in École Spéciale d’Architecture, France
Dr Louis Gyoh - architect and academic, RIBA, MCIOB, FRSA, United Kingdom
Ardzuna Sinaga - associate at AECOM Asia Pacific
Gemawang Swaribathoro - architect, OMA, Hong Kong
Alona Martinez - lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Plymouth
Andrejs Edvards Rauchut - 2010 Cooper Union graduate, associate professor at RISEBA and a Fulbright grant recipient
Rajiv J. Fernandez - architectural designer, Tamarkin Co, USA
Mandy Too - architectural executive - DPA, Singapore
Allison Schwartz - architectural designer, MA Architects, USA
Agata Piet - PhD student, Faculty of Architecture, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland
Simon McGown - project designer, Morphosis Architects, USA
Collin Anderson - writer, architect, Renzo Piano, France
John Simons - designer, KPF, USA


1st prize - US$ 2500

2nd prize - US$ 1000

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 get exposure in following architecture related media:

Archilovers web
Archello web
CRC - Université de Montréal web
Archi.ru web
NIP Magazine web
Infinityinner web
Architime.ru web
Viavili web

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


Registration:  JULY8 - NOV28, 2013

Closing date for registration:  NOV 28, 2013 11.59pm GMT

Closing date for submission:  DEC 15, 2013 11.59pm GMT

Evaluation: DEC15 - DEC24, 2013

Announcement of the winners:  DEC 24, 2013


Registration fee:  US$ 80

Following informative material is available for download:

- Competition Brief

- Sketch Up model with set up angle for the perspective renders and elevations + CAD apartment layout example (02_CAD+ SKETCHUP)

- Context photographs (03_BUILDING_PHOTO_REFERENCES)

- Large size renders for the perspective and elevations (01_JPEG_TEMPLATE_VISUALS)


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.

Can you provide the Liepaja city plan as CAD file?

Unfortunately Liepaja City Council do not provide city's plans in CAD for the public. 

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.

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- 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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