Kitesurf School Lensóis Maranhenses Design Competition
The Kite surf School Lençóis Maranhenses competition presents a space where you can experience the relationship between sport, nature and human beings. The project should highlight the uniqueness of the place and become a space where there is a respect for the landscape, culture and atmosphere of the place. This last point is important as the place arrives tourists from Europe or America constantly interested in knowing the place and in fact it is such an inaccessible place that it is normal to make small camping in the area. That is why this kite surfing school has to allow itinerant accommodation of people but without excessive contamination of the place.Therefore, the proposed building should consider combining all these options.
Tourists who arrive share experiences with the nature. A unique and unforgettable experience to get to know this amazing place.
In these bases, the designer himself will define the m2 of each area, according to the unique idea he proposes. All ideas proposed will be valid. The project may be on earth, in the sky, buried or flying. It can be developed at the choice of the designer; it can be a compact module or be a dispersion of small buildings that solve the problem.
The competition programme proposes the following spaces, which can be expanded, simplified and manipulated by the contestant as it sees fit but justified:
– Personal area. Area dedicated to the work of 2 or 3 people who will put visitors first, give them kite surfing instructions or the necessary material to practice the sports.
– Food and rest area. This area can be shared, linked or even the same as the rest area if you want. It will be small accommodations for up to 10 people who come to practice the sport and want to have this experience
more than 1 day.
– Toilet area. The minimum and indispensable unit needed to do so. Bathroom, shower and toilet. It is not intended to place a battery of small toilets as the minimum possible impact and the minimum ecological footprint possible are required.
-Storage area: All material needed for sports must be stored. This warehouse may be indoors or outdoors, covered or not. Depends on the idea of the designer. As mentioned above, the surface of the proposal is free and these spaces can be closed, opened or semi-open depending on the intentions of each project, and can be set to any dimension of the enclave. Hence, there are no restrictions that can influence the decisions each participant makes. The freedom of the project is absolute, this contest proposes that the participant research the landscape and the different forms of intervention in it. Study boundaries, scales, views, cross-looking, horizons, accesses. It’s the keys to follow.
* Participants can suggest new areas not proposed in this document, as well
as eliminate or combine some of those already mentioned.
The Kitesurf School Lensóis Maranhenses competition presents a space where you can experience the relationship between sport, nature and human beings. The project should highlight the uniqueness of the place and become a space where a comprehensive respect for the whole landscape, culture and atmosphere of the place is produced, in order to create this kite surfing school in perfect harmony with the atmosphere.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
The amount of 5,000 € will be distributed as follows:
-First Prize 3.500 €
(1.500 € + 2.000 € Programs March
-Second prize 1000 €
-Third Prize 500 €
+ 10 Honourable Mentions No economic prize
In addition the rethinking team is committed to the dissemination of the
• Publishing in blogs / architecture websites
• Publication in reTHINKING media
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)
Who can Participate
All students and professionals of architecture or related branches from anywhere in the world may participate in the competition. Participation can be individual or group, with eight(8) being the maximum number of members allowed. Team members can be of all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without requiring, but advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. Members are allowed to be from different universities and countries.
Podrán participar en el concurso todos los estudiantes y profesionales de la arquitectura o de ramas relacionadas de cualquier parte del mundo. La participación puede ser individual o en grupo, siendo ocho(8) el máximo número de integrantes permitido. Los integrantes del equipo pueden ser de todas las disciplinas (artistas, filósofos, fotógrafos, etc.), sin ser necesaria, aunque sí aconsejable, la presencia de un arquitecto o estudiante de arquitectura. Se permite que los integrantes sean de diferentes universidades y países.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes June 15, 2021
Deadline to Submit Project June 15, 2021
Winners announcement Date July 20, 2021
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Location of Competition
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Brazil country Maranhão Division Subdivision: North Maranhense Nearby city:
Location of Project (if developed)
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Brazil country Maranhão Division Subdivision: North Maranhense Nearby city: Barreirinhas Area: 156,584 ha Latitude: 2 ° 33 ’55’ ’S Longitude: 42 ° 58 ’50’ ’W
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