Site Theatre _ Baleal, Peniche, Portugal

an international architecture competition (July 20, 2017 - November 11, 2017)


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 (3) teams of young professional architects and (7) teams of architecture students!

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

Lisa Ekstrom + Erik Gardell (Sweden) _ SKALSO ARKITEKTER
Juan Antonio Serrano Garcia + Paloma Baquero Masats (Spain) _ Serrano+Baquero
Luciano Kruk (Argentina) _ Luciano Kruk


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




ST45905 Carlos Soria Vallecillo, Manuel Martinez-Carrasco Vallecillo (SPAIN)


Jury remarks:


The search of an architecture that can coexist in perfect harmony with the landscape is rewarded. Special consideration is given to the use of noble materials belonging to the site and the minimum intervention that very carefully puts in order the requirements of the contest without disturbing the magnificent natural environment.

Through working closely with the existing landscape, and by attaching a simple structure on to an existing. This project adapts to what is already there while enhancing and enriching the place further with something added in a very delicate way.

This project proposes a sensitive approach to the place. The old traces of forgotten constructions are activated and put in value in the present as a support for new activity, making the visitor feel the coexistence of different times without needing a mimetic reconstruction.






ST45747 Beata Momot, Nina Kempa, Karolina Jabłonska (POLAND)


Jury remarks:


As the work awarded with the first prize, this 2nd prize is appreciated especially for the search of a very careful and limited intervention to preserve and highlight a magnificent natural environment, resorting exclusively to the use of noble materials and a very synthetic formal order, almost abstract.

Formed by the wind and the landscape, almost hiding from the sea, this project creates a space for a theatre that is protected from the cold northern wind and will in the evening have the sunset as wonderful backdrop.

This interesting and radical proposal presents a journey to connect the visitor with the landscape that surrounds it: buried areas in the rock, a path from which to contemplate the ruin from a different point of view and finally the discovery of the horizon.







ST45866 Alessandro Carabini, Alice Braggion (France)


Jury remarks:


This work, like the other two winners, achieves with very limited but at the same time very dissident resources, to build a project that can dialogue with the magnificent natural landscape, obtaining photographic cuts to highlight it. The use of sails that allude to the universe of the naval, although they serve to strongly mark the place chosen for the amphitheater, could affect the shows due to the wind noise. Nevertheless, without this last resource the intervention does not cease to be valid.

Awareness of the wind; using its advantages by creating a phenomena visible from the very far. And at the same time protecting the theatre against it, through hiding in the landscape. This project shows an understanding of the specifics of the site and how to make use of it.

Highly poetic and evocative proposal that goes beyond the limits of the architectural discipline to form part of a wider world, linked to the changing experience of the site. The fact of not building, but unfolding a sail, conveys the cozy feeling that the landscape is the true protagonist.




ST45764 Sergio Llobregat Ruiz, Joan Maravilla Toldra (SPAIN)
ST45768 Georgios Trikouzas, Dena Tsalaga (GREECE)
ST45744 Tiago Rocha, Gregory dos Santos (PORTUGAL)
ST45719 Hadrian Andreas Tombak Maduma, Apriani Kurnia Sarashayu (ITALY)
ST45794 Marco Dal Lago, Giorgia Fattori (ITALY)
ST45745 Rui Oliveira, Raquel Santos, Pedro Costa, Simao Mariz (PORTUGAL)
ST45813 Julia Huff, Izabela Brettas (BRAZIL)




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.



Lisa Ekstrom + Erik Gardell (Sweden) _ SKALSO ARKITEKTER
Juan Antonio Serrano Garcia + Paloma Baquero Masats (Spain) _ Serrano+Baquero
Luciano Kruk (Argentina) _ Luciano Kruk




Arqa _ Argentina

Afasia _ Spain

ArchiTeam _ Greece

Architime _ Russia

Arqoo _ Italy

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.