international architecture ideas competition






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 contemporary Site Landmark located on a site promontory in Sagres, Algarve, Portugal.

Sagres 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 emphasizes, respects and celebrates the site, while provide visitors with a unique experience.





The Site Landmark, located between the Sagres Promontory and Cape St. Vincent, aims to create a new destination point within this spectacular landscape.  A place to engage with the landscape, the sky and the sea, offering visitors a unique experience within the immensity of the place.  There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the cliff edges.





1. Resting / Look-out point
Resting / Look-out point *m2

2. Information / Meeting space
Multi-purpose space 45 m2
Restrooms 20 m2
Storage 10 m2

3. Landscape / Exterior requirements
Pedestrian paths / Seating *m2

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

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



The Site Landmark proposal shall not require maintenance, the intervention should age with the landscape. 

There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the limits of the cliff edge. 

The Site Landmark can be an enclosed area or an open space. 

The Site Landmark should engage with the landscape and the sea, embracing the area between the Cape St. Vincent lighthouse and the Beliche Fortress, yet form a visual relationship to the Sagres Fortress / Promontory.


For more information please download the Competition Brief below:



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

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David O’Shea

ODOS architects were established in 2002.
Since this time, we have developed a diverse client base and realised a broad range of projects covering a variety of scales and functions. 

As a practice, we are wholly interested in the realisation of contemporary architecture, responding to various social and cultural influences by focusing on the latent possibilities inherent in each project. We approach each design exercise as a collaborative effort, one that demands an intimate understanding of both Client and Brief before the design process can begin. By working this closely with our Clients, we hope to instill a sense of curiosity and excitement, stimulating a response and confronting some of the more restrictive prejudices and traditional preconceptions of contemporary architecture. 

As designers, we aspire to a simplicity distilled from a core concept, itself a product of both brief and site. We work to develop these concepts with an honesty and transparency and through the careful arrangement and detailing of materials, this process culminates in the creation of specifically detailed structures with a clear relationship to their specific context. In recent years we have grown our practice outside of Ireland, opening offices in both London and New York and currently we are developing a number of projects in the UK, Germany, Malta, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Canada. 

Javier Castellano + Tomás García Píriz


Studio formed in 2006 by Javier Castellano Pulido and Tomás García Píriz, both doctors and professors of Architectural Design at the University of Malaga and the University of Granada respectively. Their research has to do with issues related to landscape, the dynamics of change in the city of the XXI century or relationships between heritage and contemporary architecture, themes that have allow them to stay at the Central University of Chile and the Technological Institute of Tokyo in 2011 and 2008.

Their work has been widely published and awarded (FAD AWARDS, AR AWARDS, XI BEAU, XIII BEAU, X BIAU, 8th European Landscape Biennial, COA Granada Awards, Arquia-Próxima, BAUWELT, ARCHITIZER) and it has been also exhibited in major events such as the Biennale of Venice (2008 and 2016), Global Design New York (London, 2012), ABOVEMM (Mexico, 2013), IAAC (Seville, 2014), Escola de Artes da Universidade de Evora (2014) and CentroCentro Palacio Cibeles (Madrid, 2015).

Active participants in competitions, they have also won numerous national and international awards among which could highlight the Foundation for Contemporary Architecture (Córdoba, 2010), Europan XI (1st prize in San Bartolome and 1st prize in Leeuwarden), Europan XII (Runner up in Couvet, Switzerland) and Europan XIII (Runner up in Feldafing , Germany).


Luis Aldrete


Architect by the ITESO (Guadalajara) and the UIA (Mexico City). From 1996 to 1999 he made doctorate studies at ETSAB (Barcelona), while working in Barcelona and Mallorca. From 2000 to 2011 he worked as Theory and Projects professor at ITESO and ITESM in Guadalajara.

Establishes Luis Aldrete Estudio de Arquitectura in 2007, where he creates a space to analyze the city and its urban events, where the contemporary translation of anonymous architecture is constantly discussed, relating it to different cultural fields. A place to experiment with the insertion of craftwork with the contemporary architecture. The studio´s work goes from art installations to urban projects. 





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: May 16, 2016

FAQ Questions Deadline: July 04, 2016

FAQ Answers Posted: July 11, 2016


Early Registration Period: May 16 - July 18, 2016 _ 60€ + VAT *

Regular Registration Period: July 19 - August 31, 2016  _ 75€ + VAT *

Late Registration Period: September 01 - September 19, 2016  _ 90€ + VAT *


Submission Deadline: September 24, 2016


Jury Evaluation: October 14 - October 28, 2016

Competition Results: November 07, 2016


* 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.