Site Chapel _ Pessegueiro Island, Porto Covo, Portugal

an international architecture competition (October 17, 2018 - February 02, 2019)


On behalf of ArkxSite, we would like to congratulate the following winners and honorable mentions for their compelling competition submissions!

The results are composed of (7) teams of young professional architects and (3) teams of architecture students!

A special thank you to the Jury members for their expertise, valuable time and dedication throughout the evaluation period!

Marià Castelló (Spain) _ marià castelló · architecture
Emanuele Colombo + Paolo Molteni (Italy) _ Larchs Architettura
Ignacio Correa (Chile) _ Ignacio Correa


Thank you to all of the participants for submitting your ideas, enjoy browsing through the diverse design proposals!



SC83477 Santiago Esquivel and Alexa Burkle (Mexico)


Jury remarks:


The project honors the original traces of the quarry in a restrained intervention, which is born in the same way the quarry was – through subtraction of matter. This subtraction generates an ascending space that, combined with overhead light, evokes the need to meditate.

A silent project. A simple subtraction identifies the place of the chapel. Space is introverted, like personal meditation. Natural elements (sky, trees, rock) are an important part of the project and stimulate the sensory experience. The simplicity of the act is appreciated: a limited excavation enhances the whole context.

The building appears at the moment in which the order of its context is varied or discontinuous, this is the value that the chapel of the quarries has. It is clear how a quadrant is first emptied to make a new space appear, and then it is excavated to give a spiritual sense to its interior.





SC83218 Natalie Burkhart (Germany)


Jury remarks:


The path to follow becomes the chapel: the entry descends into the labyrinthine, dark quarry and follows a succession of spaces until the final chamber. In it, the light floods the space, inviting contemplation of the natural elements – stone, water and air.

The project proposes a linear path of meditation, which invites the visitor to a personal meditation. The transition from light to shadow generates different atmospheres. The tower that looks towards the ocean represents a landmark but also a symbol of connection with the absolute.

It is clear how the building is defined in the vertical and horizontal projection of the monoliths of the quarry, this is what ensures an origin in the place, at the same time that it gives a value to the building-chapel itself, and its progressive course to the prayer space.





SC83276 Andrés González-Meneses (Spain)


Jury remarks:


The quarry itself is transformed into a façade inside the chapel, and its rugged surface is opposed to the concrete’s flat one. The horizon and the sea become the altar. The chapel lands on the island without any footprint, leaving the landscape intact.

The value of abstraction. The simple composition of the elements is appreciated, but at the same time the cure and proportion of the spaces. The continuous and absolute material of the new grafts merges with the rock of the island. The heart of the island looks after the soul of the guests and turns it towards the vastness of the ocean’s void.

Although the idea of interposing the space of the chapel in the path between the monoliths is debatable, the fact of diverting attention to a new direction, towards the open sea, allows the visitor to be stopped and confronted with a landscape that leads to contemplation.





SC83406 Youri Spaninks-Amaro, Francisco Santos Costa and Rodolfo Capeto Coelho (Portugal)
SC83443 Alex Tintea and Águeda Mata (Netherlands)
SC83466 Xavier Loureiro (Spain)
SC83337 Anna Viken and Iurii Rymakov (Ukraine)
SC83409 Duarte Alves and Maria Morais (Portugal)
SC83394 Juan Felipe Correa, Gladys Zuluaga, Daniel Bedoya and Alejandro Posada (Colombia)
SC83405 Shuaizhong Wang, Ziqi Chen and Zeyu Liu (Finland)





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 Chapel located on the Pessegueiro Island, in Porto Covo, Portugal.

The Pessegueiro Island is a significant landmark and a place of great cultural heritage and historical significance where the remains of the ‘Santo Alberto’ Fort together with the roman archaeological remains 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.



Marià Castelló (Spain) _ marià castelló · architecture
Emanuele Colombo + Paolo Molteni (Italy) _ Larchs Architettura
Ignacio Correa (Chile) _ Ignacio Correa




Arqa _ Argentina

Afasia _ Spain

Architime _ Russia

Arquimaster _ Argentina

Blog de Concursos _ Spain

Competitionline _ Germany

Competitions archi _ Poland

Wettbewerbe Aktuell _ Germany

World Architecture Community _ United Kingdom




This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built.  ArkxSite nor any other organisations do not have the authority nor intention to award contracts for design services as a result of this competition.  Awarded proposals should consider their award as recognition of excellent work in this competition.