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Competition: Site Shelter by ARKxSITE in Nossa Senhora da Luz’ Fortress, Peniche, Portugal

Portugal Architecture News - Jun 04, 2021 - 16:46   3124 views

Competition: Site Shelter by ARKxSITE in Nossa Senhora da Luz’ Fortress, Peniche, Portugal

ARKxSITE has announced the ‘SITE SHELTER’ international architecture ideas competition for architecture and landscape architecture students and young professionals (≤ 40 years old).

Registration is now open to 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, 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 Shelter located at the ‘Nossa Senhora da Luz’ Fortress, Peniche, Portugal

The Site Shelter is an embodied experience of air, light, sound and temperature through movement and places of rest; meandering through exterior and interior shelter, between contrasts of shade, shadow and light. An open-air permeable museum for visitors to engage with the history, the land and the ocean. It is a sheltered place for the existing ruins and visitors alike, offering a unique experience within this remarkable landscape; a contemplative passage through place, time and memory.


Competition Opening: May 15, 2021

Early Registration Period: May 15 - July 26, 2021

Regular Registration Period: July 27 - September 10, 2021

Late Registration Period: September 11 - September 20, 2021

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2021

Jury Evaluation: October 15 - October 29, 2021

Competition Results: December 17, 2021


Entrance *
Provide a space of transition between the natural landscape and the Site Shelter.

Permanent exhibition area *
Area/s designated as sheltered space/s for the existing archaeological remains; it can be a singular space or a sequence of spaces, open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.

Resting / Viewing *
Provide areas to rest, allowing visitors to experience time and memory.

Information area *
Area providing visitors with general information about the history of the site; open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.

Landscape / Exterior requirements *
Provide pedestrian paths inviting visitors to meander between open spaces and enclosed outdoor environments.

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


The overall design of the Site Shelter must be sensitive to the surrounding context. There are no limitations in height and excavation. 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


Will be announced soon.


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.

Schedule & Fees


May 15, 2021 – Jul 26, 2021

FAQ Questions Deadline

Jul 23, 2021


Jul 27, 2021 – Sep 10, 2021

FAQ answers posted

Jul 30, 2021


Sep 11, 2021 – Sep 20, 2021

Submission Deadline

Sep 25, 2021

Jury Evaluation

Oct 15, 2021 – Oct 29, 2021


Dec 17, 2021


* 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.

Read more about the competition on the competition's website

Top image courtesy of ARKxSITE.

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