international architecture ideas competition






The Site Dwelling, located on the cliff of the bay, in the village of Salir do Porto, Portugal aims to create a secluded destination, a place of retreat to engage with the landscape while providing shelter from the natural elements.

This is a place to stay and inhabit for a few days, offering visitors a unique experience in a very special setting; visitors must leave the space as they found it, empty.





This international one-stage architecture ideas competition invites all architecture students, young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies (≤ 40 years old) to develop and submit compelling ideas for the design of a Site Dwelling located on the cliff of the bay, in the village of Salir do Porto, Portugal.

Salir do Porto has a number of significant landmarks within a prominent landscape; it is a place 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 spectacular place, it is essential that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site, while provide visitors with a unique experience.






The Site Dwelling generates a secluded destination, a place of retreat to engage with the landscape, cliffs and the sea.


1. Dwelling

Living / Resting _ * m2
Sleeping _ * m2
Cooking _ * m2
Bathing _ * m2

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

2. Landscape / Exterior requirements

Seating / Look-out point


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



Places for living / resting, cooking and bathing can be combined or separate. The existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Dwelling design proposal.


For more detailed information please download the Competition Brief below:



The jury members will be composed of the following international professional architects.


Francisco J. Magén
(1980, Spain)

Studied Architecture at ETSA. Navarra University (grad. 2004). In 2006 he became partner at Magén arquitectos. In 2007, his first work won the prestigious Bauwelt Award. Among other major awards, highlights the Giancarlo Ius Gold Medal (Padua, 2011), by the International Union of Architects. The works by Magén Arquitectos have been selected in the last three editions of the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (2011, 2013, 2016). Their work have been exhibited and lectured several times in Spain, Germany, Italy and France. He joined the School of Architecture of the University of Zaragoza from the course 2013/14. 

John Sanden+Ingvild Hodnekvam

architects and partners at Sanden+Hodnekvam Architects
John Sanden and Ingvild Hodnekvam studied architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and at the Aires Mateus Diploma Unit in Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL).
After graduation they both worked for Brendeland and Kristoffersen Architects, participating in both competitions and built projects. 
In 2014 they founded Sanden+Hodnekvam. Both partners have taught at the faculty of Architecture at NTNU.


César Guerrero + Ana Cecilia Garza

Partners at S-AR, an architectural design studio based in Monterrey, Mexico. Their work has been awarded the Emerging Voices Award by The Architectural League of New York (2016), the Design Vanguard Award by Architectural Record (2013), 1st. Place in the XXI Cemex Building Award (Mexico, 2012), the Young Artists Grant “Jovenes Creadores” from the Arts and Culture Mexican Council (2009), they were part of the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling at MoMA (USA, 2007), finalist for Mexico in the IX BIAU - Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (Argentina, 2014), selected to represent Mexico in the BAL - Latin-American Biennial of Architecture (2015) and selected as part of Mexico´s Pavilion in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2016).





1st Prize   2000€ (Two thousand euros)

2nd Prize 1000€ (One thousand euros)

3rd Prize   500€ (Five hundred euros)

7 Honorable Mentions



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.




Competition Opening: October 14, 2016

FAQ Questions Deadline: November 30, 2016

FAQ Answers Posted: December 07, 2016


Early Registration Period: October 14 - December 15, 2016 _ 60€ + VAT *

Regular Registration Period: December 16 - January 19, 2017 _ 75€ + VAT *

Late Registration Period: January 20 - January 30, 2017 _ 90€ + VAT *


Submission Deadline: February 04, 2017


Jury Evaluation: February 24 - March 10, 2017

Competition Results: March 20, 2017


* All deadlines are established @ 23:59 hrs (Current local time in Portugal)

* A tax of 23% (VAT rate in Portugal) will be applied to the fees.



Cad drawing: download

Hi-Res Photos: download



Site location: map


Note: All documentation such as cad drawings, site photos and videos required to develop the competition proposal are available above. Any additional information will not be provided during or after the registration period. All of the documentation was prepared, organised and published by the ArkxSite team for the sole purpose of this architecture ideas competition and may not be used for any other purposes.