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ARKxSITE Announced Site Mausoleum International Architecture Ideas Competition

Portugal Architecture News - Mar 25, 2019 - 03:35   1684 views

ARKxSITE Announced Site Mausoleum International Architecture Ideas Competition

ARKxSITE has announced the Site Mausoleum international architecture ideas competition for architecture students and young professionals. Early registration period is open till May 13, 2019.

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 Mausoleum located in the Jaspe Quarry, "Serra da Arrábida", Portugal.

Brief

The Site Mausoleum, located on a prominent landscape, is a place of memory and solitude, a tranquil atmosphere for introspection and remembrance; it is an intimate journey through time and silence, offering visitors a unique experience within the immensity of the place.

The Jaspe Quarry is a remarkable place within a powerful natural scenery where the remains of an old quarry carved into the landscape, together with the massive cliffs dropping dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, are notable features within this setting. 

The desactivated quarries display the natural beauty of the ‘Arrábida Brecha’, a unique ornamental stone used in several monuments within this region (also known as “Arrábida Marble”). The Jaspe Quarry was closed in 1976 when the Arrábida Natural Park was created. 

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, while providing visitors with a unique experience.

The Site Mausoleum, located on a prominent landscape, is a place of memory and solitude, a tranquil atmosphere for introspection and remembrance; it is an intimate journey through time and silence, offering visitors a unique experience within the immensity of the place.

Program of the competition

1. Entrance *
Provide a space of transition between the natural landscape and the Mausoleum.

2. Memory room *
Provide a place of memory and remembrance, an intimate space for introspection offering visitors a moment of silence and solitude. 

This is the main space of the Site Mausoleum and it can be a singular space or a sequence of spaces. 

3. Resting / outdoor area *
Provide an outdoor area, a place of quietness, stillness and profound tranquility to enhance the relationship with the landscape. A water feature may be introduced into the design of the Site Mausoleum.

* Areas to be determined by each participant’s design proposal.

Total area of the Site Mausoleum to be determined by each participant’s proposal.(suggestion 60 - 120 m2).

Jury

The jury panel will be announced soon at the competition website. alarcia-ferrer arquitectos is one of the confirmed architecture offices in the jury panel.

Competition schedule

Competition Opening: March 11, 2019

Early Registration Period: March 11 - May 13, 2019

Regular Registration Period: May 14 - June 17, 2019

Late Registration Period: June 18 - June 24, 2019

Submission Deadline: June 29, 2019

Jury Evaluation: July 05 - July 19, 2019

Competition Results: August 30, 2019

Prizes

1st Prize: 2000€ (two thousand euros)

2nd Prize: 1000€ (one thousand euros)

3rd Prize: 500€ (five hundred euros)

7 Honorable Mentions

Publications

All submissions will be published on the ArkxSite website.  
All reasonable efforts will be made to publish and promote the winners and honorable mentions in architectural magazines and blogs worldwide; however, such results will rely on agreements made with the publication entities.

Notes

The overall design of the Site Mausoleum must be sensitive to the surrounding context. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the limits of the cliff. The spaces of the Site Mausoleum can be enclosed and / or open to the natural elements; the quarries may or may not be included within the Site Mausoleum design proposal. Because this is an ideas competition, urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.

See more info on the competition's website.

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