Columbarium – The Chamber Of Memories

Columbarium - The Chamber Of Memories

Architectural Competition: Columbarium – The Chamber Of Memories

Demise is an essential piece of the human life, and its effect on us has motivated the absolute most significant building accomplishments in mankind’s set of experiences. Denoting the lives and passings of significant figures, rulers, and saints has been the main thrust behind numerous awesome and persuasive designs, from dedications and sepulchers right back to the old pyramids in Egypt.

One such significant site is the Forest Cemetery in Latvia’s capital city of Riga. Comprising of 85 hectares (210 sections of land) of land, the Forest Cemetery has been in need for longer than a century, and turned into a dedication burial ground for those that passed on battling during World War I.

The site contains numerous sculptural remembrances and gravestones devoted to the significant and powerful figures that are buried there, including numerous eminent Latvian lawmakers, military, and well known people.

The ‘Columbarium – The Chamber of Memories’ competition is a coordinated effort with Riga City Council in Latvia. Members are welcome to submit plans for a columbarium anticipated the Forest Cemetery. They should plan a columbarium that can house 500 specialties, every one of which can hold one to four urns.

What’s more, members are approached to make a complete scene plan answer for the whole graveyard. This competition is an opportunity for engineering and plan lovers to ponder life and demise, and convey their relationship to the idea through design. How might compositional plan help in the lamenting system? What might make it a good spot of comfort where friends and family can visit those that have passed on?

As the Riga City Council has communicated an interest in developing the columbarium, plans ought to mirror the best of green structural practices just as thinking about sturdy and enduring arrangements.


3 winning proposals, 3 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 10,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – 5,000 €
2nd Prize – 2,000 €
3rd Prize – 1,000 €

+ 6 honourable mentions

Riga City Council Housing and Environment Department Favourite Award – 1,000 €
ARCHHIVE Student Award – 500 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS
Bee Breeders Green Award – 500 €


Advance Registration: JULY 7 – SEPTEMBER 8
Last Minute Registration: SEPTEMBER 9 – NOVEMBER 3

Final registration deadline: NOVEMBER 3, 2021
Closing date for submission: DECEMBER 8, 2021 (11:59 p.m. GMT)
Announcement of the winners: FEBRUARY 16, 2022



James Biber, Biber Architects
Marta Frazão, Atelier Data
Filipe Rodrigues, Atelier Data
Inês Vicente, Atelier Data
Ricardo Gomes,
Lydia Kallipoliti, ANAcycle thinktank
Mikhail Krymov, Sleepbox
Katie MacDonald, After Architecture
Angelo Renna, Angelo Renna

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