Retreat – Challenge to design a rejuvenating retreat

Retreat - Challenge to design a rejuvenating retreat

Architecture Competition: Retreat – Challenge to design a rejuvenating retreat

Busy city-life

In today’s fast-paced society; everything we need is available at our disposal at any time of the day. Time, money, and progress, everything seems to be right where we are. Ranging from large metropolitan cities to small towns, this rush of life is the same in most places.

The kind of rush that begins on Monday and ends on Friday. Leaving a small gap of a weekend to get our head straight for the next week to come. And this is by far the routine of most of the people we meet in our life. Everyone is living day after day and weekend after weekend. Let that be for a job or education or any other endeavour. Everything is weaving its way into this rush of time. Behaviour like this has become our newly-found reality all around the world. A kind of reality where most of these things bring us prosperity and growth, as we beckon our journey of life.

But when our lives are ticking by the clock, where is this rush leading us and what is it that we really need?

Take a breath

In moments of incessant and continuous movement, there are immeasurable times when we are lured towards the need of a spare moment. Not just a moment to run again, but to pause. Yes, pause. Something which people like us don’t remember doing often. There is an equal need for us to wind out of our daily life and enter into some retreat that will offer momentary peace until we begin again.

Because as much as it is true that one must keep working, it is also of utmost importance to stop sometimes and get back into the rhythm. A pause like this might seem fancy to us. But it’s just about taking time out from your life and spending it in peace. Experiencing such bliss requires us to go away from our usual life and into a totally different environment where we can recharge psychologically and physically.

How can this pause be brought into existence through architectural design that promotes relief and luxury?

Brief of the Competition

How will one define a space of pause and revival? Space where one feels re-energized and revived to go back when leaving.

Brief: This challenge aims to design a retreat centre that helps in disconnecting people from their busy city life and connects them with nature, by offering relaxation and luxury spaces that would help them rewind.

Challenge is to showcase a strong connection with its context and its natural flora fauna while using its natural abundance to create a relaxing environment.

The idea of a retreat varies according to every single person but what remains constant is the concept of spaces that offer luxury and comfort while giving the serene and calm environment to experience the sheer feeling of calm.


Winner 6000$

Runner – Up – 1400$ x 6

People’s Choice – 600$ x 4

Honorable Mention – 600$ x 12

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