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ARKxSITE Announced Site Chapel International Architecture Ideas Competition

Portugal Architecture News - Oct 23, 2018 - 04:03   5275 views

ARKxSITE Announced Site Chapel International Architecture Ideas Competition

ARKxSITE has announced the Site Chapel international architecture ideas competition for architecture students and young professionals. Early registration period is open till December 17, 2018.

The Site Chapel, located on the Pessegueiro Island, is a place of solitude and contemplation, an intimate space for reflection and a platform for meditation.  Together with the roman archaeological remains, the Fort ruins and the enigmatic space of the quarry, the Site Chapel offers a unique experience within this remarkable landscape; it is a reflective journey and contemplative walk through memory, time and silence.


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 Chapel located on the Pessegueiro Island, in Porto Covo, Portugal.

The Pessegueiro Island is a significant landmark and a place of great cultural heritage and historical significance where the remains of the ‘Santo Alberto’ Fort together with the roman archaeological remains are notable features within this setting. 

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 and existing ruins, while providing visitors with a unique experience.


1. Entrance *
Provide a space of transition between the natural landscape and the ‘inner space’ of the Chapel.

2. ‘Inner Space’ *
Provide an intimate space for introspection and contemplation, inviting visitors to experience a moment of silence and solitude.

This is the main space of the Site Chapel and can be a singular space or a sequence of spaces, open and / or enclosed to the natural elements.

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

Total area of the Site Chapel to be determined by each participant’s proposal.(suggestion 40 - 60 m2).


The overall design of the Site Chapel must be sensitive to the surrounding context. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the limits of the Pessegueiro Island. The spaces of the Site Chapel can be enclosed and / or open to the natural elements; the existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Chapel 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 competition's website.


Competition Opening: October 17, 2018

Early Registration Period: October 17 - December 17, 2018

Regular Registration Period: December 18, 2018 - January 18, 2019 

Late Registration Period: January 19 - January 28, 2019

Submission Deadline: February 02, 2019

Jury Evaluation: February 22 - March 08, 2019

Competition Results: April 05, 2019


The jury 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.

See more info on the competition's website.

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