Brewed – Bali

SAVE Brewed – Bali

Last Submission Date: May 18, 2021

Last Registration Date: May 17, 2021

Language: English

Country: Indonesia, Bali

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition


Coffee plants grew in the wilderness in Ethiopia and were used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years, only until the 1400s when people figured out that they could roast their seeds. By the 1500s, the drink had spread to coffee houses across the Arab world. Coffee houses first appeared in Turkey, Syria, and Egypt as early as 1530. Since they became a hotspot for political discussions, they were banned repeatedly.

Subsequently, throughout the 1600s coffee houses began popping up across Europe and North America. The French and American Revolutions were said to have brewed in coffeehouses. Lloyd’s of London, a major insurance company, started as a coffeehouse that was frequented by merchants and sailors.

The coffee house acted as a perfect mid-ground for a meet up, between other options like places of spiritual significance or formal restaurants. Here creativity and innovation thrived through conversations. They have long been associated with writers, artists, and intellectuals and represented a safe and comfortable space to share news, discuss philosophy or politics.  This surge in innovation was not only owing to the design of the space – the physical gathering of people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise – but also to coffee itself.


Even after centuries, the societal functions around coffee continue to play an important role within many cultures around the world. Coffee houses or Cafes form the centre stage for the coffee culture that has been brewing through this time. The significance of coffee houses within modern society has charted a new definition for itself. Cafe chains like Starbucks have started a new revolution by making the “cafe” culture global.

Coffee houses are still acting as hubs for making conversations happen, socialize, or work in solace. Cafes now have been decorated with multifunctional roles such as retail, activity centre, and attract a variety of people, ranging from tourists to locals. They collectively act as pods of a city’s identity, accumulating its crowd.

The coffee served in coffee houses may differ depending on where you are in the world, but the establishment itself conveys a sense of familiarity and understanding that can transcend borders and linguistic barriers.


A coffee house still holds a similar ideology as it did 4 centuries ago. They act as a mixture of close and open public spaces that are transitioning to give people a platform to gather for conversations or work. It can be said to be a city’s public living room and reflects their traditions in more than one way.

Brief: The challenge here is to design a Coffee House, a space that transcends the concept of cafes that we see today.

The aim of these challenges is to help participants practice micro-planning of spaces & services, translating ideas into the design of volume, furniture, and finishes. It seeks to explore a coffeehouse/cafe on a beach at Bali that embodies today’s architecture style while taking inspiration from its surrounding history.

How does a global idea of a café translate into a regionally communicating vocabulary of Bali in the context of today?


Prize pool of worth 24,000$

First Prize: 6000$
Runner Up: 6 x 1400 $
Honourable Mention: 12 x 600$
People’s Choice: 4 x 600 $

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The challenge is open worldwide for anyone to participate.

Key Dates

Registration Closes: May 17, 2021
Submission Deadline: May 18, 2021
Result Announcement: July 15, 2021

Read More: Architecture Competitions | Commercial Architecture | Indonesia | Bali

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