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View of the site overlooking the water

This international one-stage architecture ideas competition invites 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 Bathhouse located at the Milreu Fortress, in Ericeira, Portugal.

The Milreu Fortress is a historical landmark located within a remarkable place, a powerful natural scenery where the remains of the Fortress together with the steep cliffs and the immensity of the Atlantic ocean are prominent features within this setting.

When generating a vision for an intervention located within such a remarkable place, it is essential that each design proposal emphasizes, respects and celebrates the site and existing ruins, while provide a unique and memorable experience.

The Site Bathhouse is an introspective, fully immersive embodied sensory experience of water, light, scents, sound and temperature, where the arrival, movement, acclimation and relaxation create an intimate and unified relationship between place, body and matter in architecture.

The overall design of the Site Bathhouse must be sensitive to the site and existing ruins. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the cliff edges. Spaces of the Site Bathhouse can be open and / or enclosed to the natural elements. Because this is an ideas competition, urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.

Submission Requirements

1 A1 panel, landscape/horizontal layout, JPG format, RGB colour, 5 MB max., 300 dpi recommended.

Eligibility

Each team may be composed of 1-4 members and may include multidisciplinary members (landscape architects, urban designers, artists, etc.) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect. All team members must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline.

Prizes

  • 1st Prize: 2000€
  • 2nd Prize: 1000€
  • 3rd Prize: 500€
  • 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 honourable mentions in architectural magazines and blogs worldwide; however, such results will rely on agreements made with the publication entities.

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