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Brewed-Bali – Beach themed café design challenge

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Brewed-Bali – Beach themed café design challenge

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Coffee plants grew in the wilderness in Ethiopia and were used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years, only until the 1400s when people figured out that they could roast their seeds. By the 1500s, the drink had spread to coffee houses across the Arab world. Coffee houses first appeared in Turkey, Syria, and Egypt as early as 1530. Since they became a hotspot for political discussions, they were banned repeatedly.

Subsequently, throughout the 1600s coffee houses began popping up across Europe and North America. The French and American Revolutions were said to have brewed in coffeehouses. Lloyd’s of London, a major insurance company, started as a coffeehouse that was frequented by merchants and sailors.

The coffee house acted as a perfect mid-ground for a meetup, between other options like places of spiritual significance or formal restaurants. Here creativity and innovation thrived through conversations. They have long been associated with writers, artists, and intellectuals and represented a safe and comfortable space to share news, discuss philosophy or politics. This surge in innovation was not only owing to the design of the space – the physical gathering of people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise – but also to coffee itself.


Even after centuries, the societal functions around coffee continue to play an important role within many cultures around the world. Coffee houses or Cafes form the center stage for the coffee culture that has been brewing through this time. The significance of coffee houses within modern society has charted a new definition for itself. Cafe chains like Starbucks have started a new revolution by making the “cafe” culture global.

Coffee houses are still acting as hubs for making conversations happen, socialize, or work in solace. Cafes now have been decorated with multifunctional roles such as retail, activity center, and attract a variety of people, ranging from tourists to locals. They collectively act as pods of a city’s identity, accumulating its crowd.

The coffee served in coffee houses may differ depending on where you are in the world, but the establishment itself conveys a sense of familiarity and understanding that can transcend borders and linguistic barriers.


A coffee house still holds a similar ideology as it did 4 centuries ago. They act as a mixture of close and open public spaces that are transitioning to give people a platform to gather for conversations or work. It can be said to be a city’s public living room and reflects their traditions in more than one way.

Brief: The challenge here is to design a Coffee House, a space that transcends the concept of cafes that we see today.

The aim of these challenges is to help participants practice micro-planning of spaces & services, translating ideas into the design of volume, furniture, and finishes. It seeks to explore a coffeehouse/cafe on a beach at Bali, that embodies today’s architecture style while taking inspiration from its surrounding history.

How does a global idea of a café translate into a regionally communicating vocabulary of Bali in the context of today?

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Brief: The challenge here is to design a Coffee House, a space that transcends the concept of cafes that we see today.



Link to Competition

Link to Registration form


Prize pool of worth 24,000$
First Prize: 6000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1400$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention: 12 x 600$ Each

Type of Competition

Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)

Who can Participate

The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
The maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.

Dates and Time Frame

Registration Opens November 21, 2020
Registration Closes May 17, 2021
Deadline to Submit Project May 18, 2021
Winners announcement Date July 15, 2021



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