Nestled within Latvia's lush landscapes, the Sansusī Music Festival is a harmonious blend of nature, music, and communal joy. Celebrated for its innovative fusion of classical chamber music with the liberating atmosphere of a rock festival, Sansusī has evolved from an event into a cherished cultural phenomenon. Surrounded by forest, attendees experience a range of performances, from orchestral to contemporary, set against Latvia's natural beauty.

Following the success of the initial architectural competition, Buildner announces the second competition to enhance the festival's infrastructure, aligning with sustainability, creativity, and community engagement. The essence of Sansusī is its Musician Standoffs, where performers prioritize wit and spontaneity over technical skill, creating a unique festival highlight.

Buildner calls on architects, designers, and visionaries to design a stage that reflects the Musician Standoffs' innovative spirit. The challenge is to create a wooden, sculpture-like stage that also functions as a musical instrument, embodying the event's essence and enhancing the festival's acoustic experience. This competition explores how architectural forms can generate sound, inviting designs that serve as both visual and auditory landmarks for Sansusī.

This challenge offers designers a chance to contribute to a growing tradition and potentially see their winning design realized as a key feature of future festivals. This competition aims to celebrate the synergy between architecture and music, creating a lasting tribute to the innovative and communal spirit of Sansusī.


3 winning proposals, 2 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Buildner will award a total of 10,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize - 5,000 €
2nd Prize - 2,500 €
3rd Prize - 1,000 €
+ 6 honourable mentions

Buildner Student Award - 1,000 €
Buildner Sustainability Award - 500 €


Early Bird Registration: 21 February – 21 March
Advance Registration: 22 March – 25 April
Last Minute Registration: 26 April – 25 June

Final registration deadline: 25 June, 2024
Closing date for submission: 25 July, 2024 (11:59 p.m. GMT)
Announcement of the winners: 12 September, 2024



cash prize award: $ 10,800.00 USD