Submission: July 10, 2014
Registration: June 10, 2014 ($100)
Location: Liepaja, Latvia
Prizes: 1st Prize $ 6.000 2nd Prize $ 3.000 3rd Prize $ 1.000
Type: Open competition for architects and architecture students.
International architecture competition organized by Homemade Dessert in cooperation with Liepaja City Council, Latvia asking to present the vision for a new development that would consist of thermal pool park with outdoor and indoor SPA facilities.
Efforts to restore Liepaja as a resort city have been revived in the new millennium. The wide beaches here attract visitors seeking recreation in the waterside cafés and bars, and nature lovers seeking peace on the coast. The unique natural healing resources available here call for the development of a new resort and health tourism amenities.
Recently in Liepaja, a series of excavations accessed underground thermal springs with high mineral and salt concentrated waters. These naturally formed springs are very rare and in high demand. The thermal waters’ high concentrations of minerals and salt can be used to improve overall wellness. The health benefits of such springs are well documented and can be used as medicinal treatment to target and treat specific diseases. In order to provide continued use to both locals and tourists with the benefits of the natural springs, careful management of the resource is required.
As the second competition in a design series focused on Liepaja Seaside Park – a historically exclusive retreat area in Liepaja, Latvia we ask you to present the vision for the building complex which would allow locals and tourists to enjoy the natural benefits of the fresh seaside air and thermal water, while providing high-quality spa and recreational services throughout the entire year. The proposal should trigger development in the area and propel Liepaja’s rebirth as a regional tourist attraction.