On behalf of ArkxSite, we would like to congratulate the following winners and honorable mentions for their compelling competition submissions! The results are composed of (4) teams of young professional architects and (6) teams of architecture students! Thank you to all of the participants for submitting your ideas, enjoy browsing through the diverse design proposals!
OVERVIEW: 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 Dwelling located on the cliff of the bay, in the village of Salir do Porto, Portugal.
What is most interesting about this project is the way in which by making a very convincing intervention on the existing ruins to accommodate the program and emphasize aspects like the views, the tectonics between the new and the old and transform the scale of the place with this anex, the action constitutes at the same time a gesture of respect and conservation of the ruins. Beyond leaving them intact, it frames them, it makes them the object and content of the project itself. It’s important to point out that with very few elements used in a very clear way to achieve the composition of the space, a lot of relationships were created between the project and its context.
The approach is simple and elegant. The intervention is carefully placed above the ruins, creating an interesting balance between new and old, at the same time as it creates interesting spaces. The proposal turns the ruins into a new attraction, maintaining the ruins as the main part and adding just the necessary structure to fulfill the program. The presentation is solid and clear, and is without a doubt the best proposal in the competition.
The project does not give up to work and interact with the ruins. The contrast between the horizontal axis of the look-out point open to the beach, and the vertical axis of a new space over the ruins, but closed to the landscape, is quite interesting.