Omuli Museum of the Horse

The Omuli grade school first opened its doors on October 8th, 1936. Located within the small village of Omuli in Northern Latvia, near the Estonian border, the varsity was commissioned by then-president K. Ulmanis. Throughout the decades the amount of scholars who attended slowly dwindled, with older students being transferred to other nearby schools.

In the years that followed the structure was used as a post office, a farm office, an apartment, and a library, but has been unoccupied since 2013. In 2019, the property was sold to entrepreneur Eva Cildermane within the first-ever blockchain land transaction in northern Europe . Bee Breeders, in partnership with Omuli School, are calling for submissions to rework the structure and its surrounding property into a multipurpose complex with the first attraction being a museum for horses. The museum will inform visitors about the character and history of local horse breeds also as offering hands-on workshops like making your own horseshoe and other small crafts.

The Omuli Museum of the Horse are going to be located within the North Latvia Biosphere Reserve, one among the foremost beautiful and scenic locations in northern Europe which is listed as a nature conservation area of international importance by UNESCO.

North Latvia Biosphere Reserve

The Omuli Museum of the Horse will look to become a regional example for green building practice. As competition winners are going to be suggests for consideration for construction, designs got to place a robust emphasis on sustainable, eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques. Designs for the complex during this competition got to include accommodation for visitors, an artists’ residence and, of course, the Museum of the Horse!


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

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

– “Omuli School Favorite” Award – 1,000 €
– ARCHHIVE Student Award – 500 € + 50 € gift card at ARCHHIVE BOOKS (
– Bee Breeders Green Award – 500 €

+ 6 honourable mentions


Final Registration: JANUARY 27 – APRIL 23

Closing date for registration: APRIL 23, 2021
Closing date for submission: MAY 25, 2021 (11.59pm GMT)
Announcement of the winners: JULY 6, 2021



Diego Baraona, DBAA – Diego Baraona Arquitectos y Asociados
Joe Martinolich, JMM – Joe Martinolich Architect
Meritxell Inaraja Genís, Meritxell Inaraja Arquitecta
Julie Nelson and Todd Poisson, BKSK

Competition is hospitable all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals are often developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English

Closing date for registration: APRIL 23, 2021
Closing date for submission: MAY 25, 2021 (11.59pm GMT)
Announcement of the winners: JULY 6, 2021


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