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The Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition is the third collaboration with the Vale de Moses Yoga retreat, located in the remote forests of central Portugal. Featured by the likes of NatGeo UK Traveller, Forbes Magazine and The Guardian as one of the best yoga retreats in the world, Vale de Moses regularly welcomes over 500 people from 60+ countries worldwide.

For the Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition, participants are tasked with creating designs for simple sleeping pods that could accommodate a couple of guests at a time. Each sleeping pod will need to include a basic sleeping zone as well as washing facilities. The location for the pods will be on the mountain rock slopes of the Vale de Moses property that cannot be used for food cultivation.

The jury will be looking for projects that have green, sustainable construction and operation at the core of their designs. They will need to provide a solution for naturally cleaning the grey water system of the pods so that they can be used to irrigate the forest slopes below. While it’s expected that designs for the sleeping pod be green and self-sustainable, the jury will favour those designs that actually have a positive impact on the environment. 

As the competition winners will be put forward for consideration for construction – and the sleeping pods are planned to be located throughout the property – winning designs need to utilise the very best eco-friendly practices for both construction and operation.

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