Submission: April 02, 2017
Registration: January 20, 2017
Language: English, Italian
Location: Senegal, Tanaf
Prizes: 1st Prize: 2500€ + internship at Kengo Kuma , 2nd Prize: 1000€, 3rd Prize: 500 €
Introspection, spirituality and divinity. These are the elements around which the sacred architecture revolves. The light and the lightness of the materials join sacred and profane, creating an architecture that, through spaces and forms, try to invite humans to an introspective research .
“Kaira Looro Competition – Sacred Architecture” is an international architectural competition which has as project theme the architectural celebration of the cult philosophy in a remote place on earth, where the shortage of materials and high-performing technology pushes the architecture to the branch of sustainability and integration with landscape and culture. Kaira Looro, that in Mandingo language means “Architecture for Peace”, is not just architecture, but it also represents the link to a culture, a spirituality and research of interiority.
Design an architecture for worship does not mean just offer a new identity to the territory, but also gives substance to a culture, becoming interpreters of his spirituality with lightness and elegance. The Sacred architecture will have to tell the spirituality with a surprising design that can be at the same time integrated with the contest, creating an architecture that can become a symbol for the whole country, making a humble mark on the landscape.
The goal of the contest is to create a symbolic sacred architecture for the whole nation which can improve the precarious conditions of the project area. All proceeds, derived from membership contributions of the participants, will be donated to the humanitarian project “A Bridge for Life” in Senegal, to save 80,000
people now at risk of survival. The winning design will be given to the organization Balouo Salo who donates it to the community of Tanaf, which can make it in self or in collaboration with religious bodies, institutions or NGOs. The same organization Balouo Salo does not preclude the possibility to adopt this draft as a charity project for the future reserving the possibility of involving the winners during the work. The winning projects will also be presented to the great Marabout of sub-Saharan.
1st place: € 2,500 + Internship at Kengo Kuma Associates,
2nd place: € 1,000
3rd place: € 500
5 honorable mentions
All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites, will be hosted in international exhibitions.
Kengo Kuma, Ko Nakamura (University of Tokyo), A. Ghirardelli (SBGA ), A. Muzzonigro (Stefano Boeri Architects), R. Bouman (Mohn + Bouman Architects) C. Chiarelli (Arcò), A. Ferrara (Juri Troy Architects), Pilar Diez Rodriguez, R. Kasik (X Architekten), S. D’Urso (University of Catania), I. Gomis (Tanaf Mayor), I. Lutri (InArch), W. Baricchi (CNAPPC).
Subscription: from 20 January 2017 to 31 March 2017 (h 23.59 GMT)
Submission deadline : 23 April 2017
Jury Summoning : 01-7 May 2017
Results announcement: 14 May 2017