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SITE RETREAT International Architecture Ideas Competition

Portugal Architecture News - Jun 16, 2022 - 15:30   1953 views

SITE RETREAT International Architecture Ideas Competition

ARKxSITE is pleased to announce the ‘SITE RETREAT’ international architecture ideas competition for architecture and landscape architecture students and young professionals (≤ 40 years old).

This international one-stage architecture ideas competition invites all architecture and landscape architecture students, young architects and landscape architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies or landscape architecture studies (≤ 40 years old) to develop and submit compelling ideas for the design of a ‘SITE RETREAT’ located at the ‘Cabo da Roca’, Portugal.

The ‘SITE RETREAT’ is a powerful place to increase and stimulate the senses, to feel the weight and depth of the sheer cliffs, the immensity of the water and the openness of the horizon; it is a space for contemplation and a landmark within the landscape. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the cliff edges.

The Cabo da Roca, located about 40 km northwest of Lisbon, is the most western point of continental Europe. It is described by the great Portuguese poet Luís de Camões as the place ‘Where the land ends and the sea begins’, in ‘Os Lusíadas’.

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


Entrance *
Provide a space of transition between the natural landscape and the ‘Site Retreat’.

Look-out point:
Provide a look-out point for visitors to rest and engage with the cliffs, the sky and the sea, offering visitors a unique experience within the immensity of the place; it can be a singular space or a sequence of spaces, open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.

‘Inner Space’ *
The ‘Inner Space’ is a secluded retreat for one individual. Provide a private room to cook, sleep and a restroom, open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.

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

Total area of the Site Retreat to be determined by each participant’s proposal.

(suggestion 40 - 60 m2)


The overall design of the Site Retreat must be sensitive to the surrounding context. The existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Retreat design proposal. Because this is an ideas competition, urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.

For more detailed information, download the Competition Brief from the website


To be announced soon. Please see the competition's website. 


1st Prize   2000€ (two thousand euros)

2nd Prize 1000€ (one thousand euros)

3rd Prize   500€ (five hundred euros)

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 honorable mentions in architectural magazines and blogs worldwide; however, such results will rely on agreements made with the publication entities.


Early Registration Period: June 01 - August 01, 2022

Regular Registration Period: August 02 - September 09, 2022

Late Registration Period: September 10 - September 19, 2022

Submission Deadline: September 24, 2022

Jury Evaluation: October 21 - November 04, 2022

Competition Results: December 02, 2022

* All deadlines are established @ 23:59 hrs (Current local time in Portugal)

* A tax of 23% (VAT rate in Portugal) will be applied to the fees.

For more information, fees, drawings, visuals and download the competition brief, visit the ARKxSITE's website.

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