International Architecture Competition

Black
Balsam
Laboratory

US$ 6,000 Prize
20 April, 2018 Registration deadline
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Competition

Riga Black Balsam is an iconic traditional Latvian drink, created from a combination of 24 ingredients, including herbs, roots, berries, and fruit juices. Its smooth and versatile taste can be enjoyed any number of ways, though it is often taken neat, or mixed into a cocktail of choice. More and more lately, younger audiences have begun to recognize that Black Balsam is great when mixed into cocktails.

In an attempt to further entice the younger fan base, the traditional Latvian liquor is launching the Black Balsam Laboratories competition, in which cocktail “workstations” would be situated in numerous locations around the world. The laboratories would need to accommodate one workstation for the bartender, as well as an area where visitors would be invited to mix and experiment in order to create their own Balsam-based cocktails.

For the Black Balsam Laboratories competition, participants are asked to present designs for a transportable structure that could be used to experiment with cocktail combinations in order to create the next trendy drink.

The structure would need to accommodate one workstation (find recommended dimensions in the downloads folder) for a bartender, as well as an area for up to 10 other workstations for visitors to use and experiment in order to create their own cocktails.

The structure must be designed so that it can be easily assembled and disassembled, with all the parts fitting into 1 container 8ft (2.43m) wide, 8.5ft (2.59m) high and 20ft (6.06m) long in size.

The Black Balsam Laboratories will likely be used mostly at indoor events, but should be capable of operating outdoors in a warm, dry climate on occasion. It is important that the design represent both the traditional aspects of the drink, as well as the ambition to attract new audiences with a fresh approach to the beverage.

Download full competition brief for more information!


ELIGIBILITY: 

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

LANGUAGE: 

- Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English.
- All information submitted by participants must be in English


RIGA BLACK BALSAM: 


Riga Black Balsam, probably the longest-running bitter brand in the world, crafted with passion since 1752. Made from 24 all-natural ingredients and our unique single-barrel technology.


More and more lately, younger audiences have begun to recognize that Black Balsam is great when mixed into cocktails. In an attempt to further entice the younger fan base, the traditional Latvian liquor is launching the Black Balsam Laboratories competition, in which cocktail “workstations” would be situated in numerous locations around the world.

Prizes

Total prize fund
US$ 6,000
1st prize

US $3,000

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

2nd prize

US $1,500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

3rd prize

US $500

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB STUDENT AWARD

US $500  (more details here)

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB GREEN AWARD

US $500  (more details here)

Publications
Certificate of Achievement

+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


CONSTRUCTION:

Riga Black Balsam have expressed an intent to develop the structure in the future.

PUBLICATIONS:


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

CERTIFICATE:

Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury Panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 


All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

FULL JURY PANEL AVAILABLE HERE

KEY DATES & REGISTRATION FEES

Closing date for registration
20 April, 2018
Closing date for project submission
24 May, 2018 (11:59pm GMT+0)
Announcement of the winners
20 June, 2018

preliminary registration deadlines

Registration fees

Early Bird Registration
24 October - 05 January
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $90
Students
US $70
Advance Registration
06 January - 23 February
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $120
Students
US $100
Last Minute Registration
24 February - 20 April
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $140
Students
US $120


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