pulpit rock church competition


Submission: June 24, 2017
Registration: June 21, 2017
Language: English
Location: The Pulpit Rock, Norway
Prizes: 1st Prize: €2000, 2nd Prize: €1000, x5 Honourable Mentions
Type: Open


AWRcompetition proposes the design of a new temporary church in the evocative site of Preikestolen better known as the Pulpit Rock, Norway. Design a place of worship requires a careful study of the theme. In these magnificent places, which have always inspired the minds of architects and engineers in every age, nothing is left to chance.

Any material or the choice of the type of the light inside the church, are just some of the issues that should be further explored.

Finally, the fact that this project must be designed in such a particular place, makes it even more exciting challenge.


The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. The plateau is approximately 25 x 25 metres, flat and you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains.

This site hosts hundreds of visitors each year, especially in the warmer months.

In the winter months in fact, the weather conditions make it quite difficult and dangerous travel the roads to reach the Pulpit Rock.

Often place like this, where nature tends to overwhelm the man for his beauty, people feel close to them a very strong spirituality, and it is for this reason that we chose to propose the design of a spiritual place like a church, for this so charming site.


Students, architects, engineers, and designers are invited to participate to this competition. Admissions will be accepted for individuals as well as teams. Teams should be made up of no more than five members and can be multidisciplinary.



First Prize 2000 €
Second Prize 1000 €
+ 5 honorable mentions
Each winning project will be published, if possible, on different scientific magazines and on several architecture blogs and websites, national and international. Winners and Honorable mentions will be
published on the Website awrcompetitions.com



Promotional registration  February 01, 2017 – February 20, 2017 40 €
Special registration          February 21, 2017 – April 21, 2017   50 €
Early registration  April 22, 2017 – May 22, 2017 75 €
Late registration  May 23, 2017 – June 21, 2017 100 €