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MasterPeace - A Meditation & Yoga Retreat Center Design Challenge

India Architecture News - May 26, 2021 - 15:35   4565 views

MasterPeace - A Meditation & Yoga Retreat Center Design Challenge

The challenge is to design a meditation & yoga center catering its services to max. 500-1000 people. The center should have open & enclosed areas for meditation & yoga. The aim of the competition is to promote such retreat centers which have now become the need of the hour in today’s world.

What comes to your mind first when you hear the words “Meditation & Yoga”? Most of us would immediately have these two words in our mind right now - Inner Peace & Physical Fitness. But the question is why are we still using 5,000 year old practice in 21st century to achieve Peace & Health ? 

The answer to this is – Because it still works. Although, we have hi-tech medical facilities & medications but somehow they fail to deliver the results when it comes to mental peace. The practice of Meditation & Yoga combined have provided best results in scientific studies also.

Yoga & Meditation in India were first practiced only by religious monks. Today millions of people worldwide roll out their mats daily to practice and is now a worldwide phenomenon. Dedicated centers & studios for practicing yoga & meditation have added to the popularity of both the art. Yoga back then was all about steadiness & stillness and not the dynamic kind of movements found in yoga classes today.

The retreat center should have following areas: 

1) Admin Area ( Waiting & Reception, Two Offices , staff area for 5-10 people , a pantry & common toilet )

2) A Dedicated Yoga Facility ( for 500 people )

3) A Dedicated Meditation Facility ( for 500 people )

4) A Library & Two workshops ( Painting and Pottery )

5) A Kitchen & Dining Hall ( For 250 people at a time )

6) Staff Parking is only to be considered. Visitor’s elsewhere.

7) It is to be assumed that the center will have a temple hence you are not supposed to design. If you wish you can design the temple.

- Change Rooms, Lockers, Amphitheatre, Gardens, Community Farms, Water Body & other landscape areas are also to be taken in to account  while designing the proposal. For meditation & yoga hall both you can design multiple units of different capacity as per your concept but it should not exceed the max capacity of 500 people for each. For example you can design two units of yoga hall each having capacity of max 250 people.

Registration Dates & Fees 

Early Bird Registrations – 11th May TO 11th June – 2021

Indian Nationals (Students) – INR 1200 Per Team

Indian Nationals (Professionals) – INR 1550 Per Team

Foreign Nationals (Students) – USD 25 Per Team

Foreign Nationals (Professionals) – USD 35 Per Team


Standard Registrations – 12th June TO 12TH July – 2021

Indian Nationals (Students) – INR 1500 Per Team

Indian Nationals (Professionals) – INR 1850 Per Team

Foreign Nationals (Students) – USD 35 Per Team

Foreign Nationals (Professionals) – USD 45 Per Team


Late Registrations – 13TH July TO 23RD July – 2021

Indian Nationals (Students) – INR 1800 Per Team

Indian Nationals (Professionals) – INR 2150 Per Team

Foreign Nationals (Students) – USD 45 Per Team

Foreign Nationals (Professionals) – USD 60 Per Team


Submission Dates 

06TH , 07TH & 08TH August – 2021


Winner Announcement 

08TH September - 2021


Prize Money 

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY : INR 1,50,000  + 15 Honourable Mentions 

1st Prize – INR 75,000 + Certificate + Publication

2nd Prize – INR 40,000 + Certificate + Publication

3rd Prize – INR 20,000 + Certificate + Publication


– BEST STUDENT DESIGN ENTRY: INR 5,000 + Certificate + Publication

– BEST ARCHITECT DESIGN ENTRY: INR 5,000 + Certificate + Publication

– BEST DESIGN PRESENTATION AWARD: INR 5,000 + Certificate + Publication

Read more about the competition on Archmello's website

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