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international architecture ideas competition







The Site Theatre aims to create a new cultural destination and provide a place for open-air performances to enhance the experience within the landscape. The Site Theatre is a place to engage with the land, the sky and the sea, where performers and audience are both participants and observers while the landscape becomes a natural scenic venue.




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 Theatre located on a site promontory near the Fortress of Baleal, in Baleal, Peniche, Portugal.

The Baleal Fortress is a significant landmark located within a remarkable place; a powerful natural scenery where the remains of the Fortress rises from the landscape and together with the cliff surfaces eroded by the wind are notable features within this setting.

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







To generate a new cultural destination and provide a place for open-air performances to enhance the experience within the landscape. The Site Theatre is a place to engage with the land, the sky and the sea, where performers and audience are both participants and observers while the landscape becomes a natural scenic venue.


15 m2
  * m2
  * m2
20 m2
40 m2
20 m2
15 m2


Performance space/s
Outdoor seating
Dressing area w/ private restrooms
Storage room

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




Pedestrian path/s

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


The overall design of the Site Theatre must be sensitive to the surrounding context. The existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Theatre design proposal. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the cliff edges. Because this is an ideas competition, urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.


For more detailed information, download the Competition Brief below:



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

Lisa Ekstrom + Erik Gardell

SKALSO ARKITEKTER, we are an architecture firm founded 2010 in Visby and are now located both in Visby, Gotland and in Stockholm.

We believe in an architecture that is developed from the site; what is already there is as important as the new addition. Our work is about combining new structures with existing structures and spatial qualities so they will enhance and make use of each other. We aim for an architecture that cares about every aspect of a project, from the landscape to the detailing. We try to see architecture as a sequence of spatiality's, rather than an isolated object.

Juan Antonio Serrano Garcia +
Paloma Baquero Masats

We are architects by UGR and Master in Advanced Architecture by UPM.

We established the atelier Serrano+Baquero in 2010, developing projects of very diverse scales that have been selected in the 3rd, 4th and 5th edition of Arquia Proxima, Enor Awards, Lamp Awards, Ibero-American Design Biennial, Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, International Biennial of Landscape, Architecture Biennale of Venice, Aplus Awards and Beyond Building Awards.

We frequently participate in architectural competitions, highlighting two 1st prizes in Europan XI, 2nd prize in Europan XII and 2nd prize in Europan XIII, as well as prizes in the contests for a Cultural Center in Reinosa, a library in Briosco and a Market in Ischia.

Our projects have been published in the magazines Pasajes Arquitectura y Critica, AV, On Diseno, AIT or Wa Vision among others.

In parallel to our professional activity, we are currently working on our PhD thesis and collaborating in teaching and researching activities at the UGR.

Luciano Kruk

Luciano Kruk was born on July 20, 1974, in Buenos Aires and in 2000 got a degree in Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires, where he taught Project until 2009. Nowadays, he continues to develop his academic activity as Visiting Professor.  As such, he has been invited by the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM-UPM); Iuav University of Venice; UNIVALI of Santa Catarina, in Brazil; USJT of São Paulo, in Brazil; and the Argentinian universities of San Martín (USAM), of Congreso (UC), in Mendoza, and of San Juan (UNSJ), where he conducted a post-graduate seminar.  He has also given seminars and lectures at different conference series in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Italy.

Between 2000 and 2012, Luciano was a partner at BAKarquitectos architecture office (Besonías-Almeida-Kruk), where his work gained much recognition: among other awards, he received First Prize for Individual Housing Project at the 2007 and 2009 Biennale held by CAPBA; the Special Prize Eduardo Sacrite presented by CAPBA in 2005; First Prize from Alucobond for Young Architecture in 2005; and the Great Prize at the CPAU/SCA Biennale in 2006.

In 2012 he founded Luciano Kruk arquitectos architectural office, where he has been carrying out numerous individual and collective housing projects.

In 2015, Luciano was chosen as a representative for Argentina in the 9th International Festival of Architecture and Urbanism “Architecture Week Prague 2015”, which took place in Prague, Czech Republic.

His works have been published in numerous specialized media both in Argentina and abroad, in different countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.






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.






* 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.