The fast pace of 21st century has led to a really distorted work-leisure balance among urban settlers. This has caused numerous lifestyle-related mental and physical issues like stress, depression and other chronic ailments. This has shifted the main target on wellness and its importance in leading a cheerful and fulfilling life. We are becoming aware and more aware of the very fact that wellness is quite the absence of disease and may be a careful holistic balance of the mind, body and spirit. The dialogue has been initiated and that we can see an upsurge within the wellness tourism sector, as people demand for a more accessible and wholesome experience.

Designing for health and wellness is inherent to architecture. Great architecture is rooted in world outcomes that foster healthier spaces and environments. The aim of the competition is to style a wellness retreat within the picturesque setting of Alps which will incorporate different aspects of wellness under one roof and make a therapeutic and immersive experience for the user through architecture.
Architecture constantly evolves to satisfy the requirements of society and a part of its social role is to help the well-being of these who transit and use their spaces daily. Architecture for Wellness may be a niche liable for the event of captivating architectural experiences which will facilitate and support the search and therefore the achievement of the psychophysical wellness. Architecture can have a deep healing effect on an individual if it can stimulate the human senses. The Wellness Retreat should be resonant with an elemental materiality and a deep sensual pleasure which will be a really good medium for instilling emotions, i.e. the aura of space should bring a positive change during a person’s perception and mood while using the space. The Wellness retreat should enhance the olfactory, tactile and visual experiences of the visitors.

The participants should integrate nature with the Wellness hub during a meaningful manner. The transition between the natural-artificial, interior-exterior should be fluid and seamless to the extent that it becomes one continuous envelope. The combinations of sunshine and shade, open and enclosed spaces should create sensuous and restorative experience. The built form shouldn’t just be created with beautiful materiality and facia but resonant with atavistic memories of weight, contiguity and enclosure, of sound and enticing illumination.

The Wellness retreat should have a ‘music-like’ rhythmic quality thereto . It should help people unwind in solitude and hamper . The retreat should enjoys various spiritual, physical and psychological activities. The participants are liberal to impart any function they feel are needed inside the retreat. All generic functions like rooms/cabins for stay, meditation and yoga halls, spa, heated pools/baths, sauna, massage rooms, gym, restaurant, healing rooms etc. should be provided for an all-in-all experience under one roof.


Prizes worth EUR 2500 are up for claim with the distribution as follows:
Apart from the winners, the jury will select ’10 Editors’ Choices’ who will be featured on our website and several other international magazines and websites across the world. The winners and Editors’ Choices will be provided with an honorary certificate.

The competition is open to everyone in the world (architects, students, engineers etc.). You can participate individually or in a team. A team can have a maximum of three members only.
Standard registration: – 1st January 2021 – 28th February 2021
•For foreign nationals: 60 EUR + Taxes (per team)
•For Indian nationals: 1800 INR + Taxes (per team)
Late registration: – 1st March 2021 – 30th March 2021
•For foreign nationals: 80 EUR + Taxes (per team)
•For Indian nationals: 2100 INR + Taxes (per team)
Submission deadline: 31st March 2021
Result: 25th – 28th April 2021

Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students. Send us the following details at to avail the offer.


Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Open Call: Alps Wellness Retreat
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    March 30, 2021 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    March 31, 2021 11:30 PM
  • Venue

    St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Price

    For Foreign nationals: 60 EUR PER TEAM; For Indian nationals: 1800 INR PER TEAM

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