kaira looro 2022 children's house

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition 2022 CHILDREN’S HOUSE

Submission: June 13, 2022
Registration: May 15, 2022
Language: English
Location: Senegal
Prizes: Please check the details below
Type: Open


Kaira Looro Architecture Competition is a design contest open to students and young architects with aims to discover new talents and to adopt sustainable architecture models for humanitarian purpose to improve life conditions in developing countries. The challenge of 2022’s edition is to design a ‘Children’s House’ in Senegal, as a warm and welcoming place where activities aimed at preventing child malnutrition can be carried out in a rural environment. The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow; allowing them to develop properly is essential in order to build a better future.

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The architecture of the ‘Children’s House’ will be a space intended to prevent child malnutrition by providing nutritional material, the development of hygiene and healthcare awareness raising programmes, the organisation of paediatric and social care appointments, housing for at-risk patients, and the training of community nurses, who will guide local families on best practice in relation to prevention and nutrition. The design will be constructed in the context of a humanitarian programme, with a team of volunteers and with the participation of the beneficiary community, it should therefore meet some particular construction need.

Project Site

The project area is located in the south of Senegal: a western sub-Saharan African country bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Mauritania, Mali, Gambia, and Guinea. The national population is almost 17 million people, mainly concentrated in the larger urban centres and in the capital. Dakar. The southern region, in addition to the enclave of Gambia, is called Casamance, due to the presence of the river of the same name and is further divided into 3 administrative regions: Ziguinchor, Sedhiou and Kolda, with a total of approximately 1.5 million inhabitants. The central region is Sedhiou, and it is here that the project will be introduced. This is one of the country’s less developed regions, with an average rate of urbanisation of 10%, and an average poverty rate of around 92%. This region has a purely agricultural focus, and the rural villages have an average of 1500 inhabitants. The administrative centre of Sedhiou has approximately 22,000 inhabitants.

Jury panel

The entries received will be evaluated by a jury made up of prominent architects: Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates), Mario Cucinella (Mario Cucinella Architects), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli), Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Miralles Tagliabue), Mphethi Morojele (MMA Design Studio), Alice Dietsch (AL_A), Giuseppe Mazzaglia (MVRDV), Sharon Devis (Sharon Davis Design), Ligia Nunes (Architecture Sans Frontières International ), Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana and an scientific committee made up of Raoul Vecchio (Balouo Salo), Sebastiano D’Urso (University of Catania), Moussa Soaune (CCAA Senegal), Mamath Ndiaye (Balouo Salo) and other specialist in architecture and nutrition.


1st Prize: 5.000€ + Construction + Internship at Kengo Kuma
2nd Prize: 2.000€ + Internship at Mario Cucinella Architects
3nd Prize: 1.000€ + Internship at SBGA Blengini Ghirardelli
2 Honourable Mentions 100€
5 Special Mentions
20 Finalists
20 Top 50


Early registrations : 15th Jan – 28th Febr 2022
Normal registrations : 1st March – 10th Apr 2022
Late registrations : 11st Apr – 15th May 2022
FAQ answer deadline : 1st June 2022
Submissione Deadline: 13th June 2022
Jury evalution : 27th June – 03rd July 2022
Winners announcements : 11th July 2022

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<