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ARKxSITE Launches Competition to Design Site Mirador in Algarve, Portugal

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This international one-stage architecture ideas competition invites all architecture and landscape architecture students, young architects and landscape architects, young professionals with a degree in architecture studies and landscape architecture studies (≤ 40 years old) to develop and submit compelling ideas for the design of a Site Mirador located at the Zavial Battery, Algarve, Portugal.

The Zavial Battery remains are a significant landmark of great cultural heritage and historical significance with characteristics that must be fully preserved.

When generating a vision for an intervention located within such a remarkable place, it is essential that each design proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site and existing ruins, while providing a unique and memorable experience.

Competition

The Site Mirador offers a unique experience through time and memory. It is a powerful moment to increase and stimulate the senses, to feel the weight of the cliffs, the depth of the crevices, the strength of the water and the openness of the horizon; it is a place for contemplation and a landmark within the landscape.
There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the cliff edges.

Program

The Site Mirador offers a unique experience through time and memory. It is a powerful moment to increase and stimulate the senses, to feel the weight of the cliffs, the depth of the crevices, the strength of the water and the openness of the horizon; it is a place for contemplation and a landmark within the landscape.
There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the cliff edges.

Entrance *
Provide a space of transition between the natural landscape and the Site Mirador.

Mirador *
Provide a look-out point, an intimate and powerful place for contemplation; to enhance the experience with(in) the cliffs and the ocean; it can be a singular space or a sequence of spaces, open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.

Information space *
Area designated to provide visitors with information about the history of the site, open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.

* Areas to be determined by each participant’s design proposal.

Total area of the Site Mirador to be determined by each participant’s proposal.

(suggestion: 40 – 60m2)

Note:

The overall design of the Site Mirador must be sensitive to the surrounding context. The existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Mirador design proposal. Spaces of the Site Mirador can be combined and / or separated. Because this is an ideas competition, urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.

Awards:

1st Prize   2000€ (two thousand euros)

2nd Prize 1000€ (one thousand euros)

3rd Prize   500€ (five hundred euros)

7 Honorable Mentions

Publications

All submissions will be published on the ArkxSite website.
All reasonable efforts will be made to publish and promote the winners and honorable mentions in architectural magazines and blogs worldwide; however, such results will rely on agreements made with the publication entities.

Dates to Remember:

Competition Opening:                            February 26, 2020

Early Registration Period:                        February 26 – April 20, 2020

Regular Registration Period:                   April 21 – May 21, 2020

Late Registration Period:                         May 22 – June 01, 2020

Submission Deadline:                               June 06, 2020

Jury Evaluation:                                        June 26 – July 10, 2020

Competition Results:                                September 04, 2020

 

For more detailed information, download the Competition Brief from ARKxSITE

Ian Mutuli is the Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He occasionally writes about startups and tech for The Press Farm. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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