International Architecture Ideas Competition: Site Convent
The Site Convent is a refuge for solitude, remembrance and spiritual enlightenment, intimate spaces for reflection and contemplation. Together with the existing ruins and the ever changing sand dunes, the Site Convent offers a unique experience within this remarkable landscape; it is a mystical place and meditative sanctuary through memory, time and silence.
Provide a space of transition between the natural landscape and the ‘inner space’ of the Convent.
‘Inner Space’ *
Provide a monumental and magnificent space for introspection, contemplation and prayer, inviting visitors to experience a moment of silence and solitude while feeling the power and immensity of architecture. This is the main space of the Site Convent and can be a singular space or a sequence of spaces, open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.
Memory Chamber *
Provide an enclosed place of memory and remembrance, a space with the display of information about the history of the site and ruins.
Provide intimate and enclosed spaces where visitors can spend the night; it may be an individual space or accommodate two people; size and number of cells to be determined by each participant’s design proposal. Provide communal spaces for reading, bathing and cooking (open and/or enclosed to the natural elements).
Provide a cloister for meditation; protected from the outside, but open to the sky to maintain a relationship with natural light and fresh air, to be able to sit down silently, sheltered from the natural elements. A water feature may be introduced into the design of the Cloister.
* Areas + Total Area to be determined by each participant’s design proposal.
This international one-stage architecture ideas competition invites all 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 CONVENT’ located at the Penafirme Convent, Portugal.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
1st Prize 2000€ (two thousand euros)
2nd Prize 1000€ (one thousand euros)
3rd Prize 500€ (five hundred euros)
7 Honorable Mentions
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
architecture students, young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies (≤ 40 years old)
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes May 23, 2022
Deadline to Submit Project May 28, 2022
Winners announcement Date July 29, 2022
Location of Competition
Penafirme Convent, Portugal
Location of Project (if developed)