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SITE MONASTERY

international architecture ideas competition

 

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COMPETITION

 

The Site Monastery is a place of solitude and contemplation, a secluded space for inner reflection and a platform for meditation. The quietness and stillness within monastic walls and the powerful natural scenery provide a profound and immersive experience within a serene atmosphere.

 
 
 

BRIEF

 

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 Monastery located at the São Domingos da Baralha Fortress, in Cape Espichel, Portugal.

The São Domingos da Baralha Fortress is a historical landmark located within a remarkable place, a powerful natural scenery where the remains of the Fortress and the steep cliffs are prominent 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 a unique and memorable experience.

 

 

 
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PROGRAM

 
 

SITE MONASTERY

The Site Monastery is a place of solitude and contemplation, a secluded space for inner reflection and a platform for meditation. The quietness and stillness within monastic walls and the powerful natural scenery provide a profound and immersive experience within a serene atmosphere. A sequence of spaces stimulate movement between open and / or enclosed spaces and outdoor environments.

 

1. SITE MONASTERY

Entrance _ * m2
Provide a space of transition between the natural landscape and the ‘Site Monastery’.

‘Inner Space’ _ * m2
Provide a place of reflection and meditation, an intimate space for introspection and a moment of silence and solitude to enhance the contemplative nature of the Monastery and the experience of the place. This is the main space of the Site Monastery and it can be a singular space or a sequence of spaces, open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.

Look-out point _ * m2
Provide a look-out point, an outdoor area to rest and engage with the landscape, cliffs and the ocean while enhancing the sensitive experience of place; a water feature may be introduced into the design of the ‘Site Monastery’.

Dormitory (4-8 cells) _ * m2
Provide a place of stillness and profound tranquility, a secluded space to rest and sleep.

Rest rooms _ 30 m2
Provide restrooms next to the dormitory cells.

Dining room _ 40 m2
Provide a gathering place for the daily communal meals. An area with a basin for hand-washing should be provided before entering the dining room.

Kitchen _ 20 m2
Provide a space next to the dining room for cooking and food preparation.

Meeting room _ * m2
Provide an intimate gathering space for meetings and reading; spaces can be combined and / or separated.

Storage room _ 15 m2
Provide an area for storing maintenance equipment.

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

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

(suggestion: 200 - 250m2)


Notes:

The overall design of the Site Monastery must be sensitive to the surrounding context. The existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Monastery design proposal. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the cliff edges. Areas may be increased / altered according to the design proposal. 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:

 
 
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JURY

 
 
 

INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTS


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AWARDS

 
 
 

PRIZES

 

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.

 
 
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SCHEDULE / FEES

 
 
 

SCHEDULE

 

* 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.

 
 
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DOWNLOADS

PHOTOS | DRAWINGS

 

 
 

Note: All documentation such as cad drawings and site photos 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.