Self-Construction Competition 2016

Submission: June 15, 2016
Registration: June 10, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st. Prize: 500 EUR + realization
Type: Students & Young Architects


For 2016 edition archiSTART offers the opportunity to renovate one defined area of the hostel: the self-constructed installation will be exhibited and used, observed and judged not only by the hosts of Ostello del Sole and IAHsummer16 participants, but also by members of the press, experts and local personalities during the entire summer period.

The SCC2016 installation will be the scenario for concerts, festivals, meetings, workshops and events that will take place in San Cataldo and it will give a brand new look to the hostel Ostello del Sole.


SCC2016 it’s a real opportunity for all of the participating teams to gain visibility and confront themselves with the problems arising from the direct realization of a project by evaluating its aesthetic, functional, and economic aspects.

The choice of the concept, materials, and finishing touches will be up to the participants who will therefore need to evaluate their realization and economic aspects.

Each group will have a budget of 1000 €.

The area destined to SCC2016 is located a few meters after the main entrance and therefore it represents an important part of the whole hostel.

This project area faces the pine for three sides and the hostel main house for one side, for a total of 125 m2. The hostel main house is 5.5 m high and 9.45 m wide.

There are two lampposts present, but they can’t be used as support for heavy covers or steel rods.


– relax/fun area

– projection area – for night cinema, lectio magistralis, seminar, visual (30-50 people)

SCC2016 participants can decide whether to focus on both functional and aesthetic aspects or only on one of these. Designs that take into account the double use of the area – as concert area and workshop area – are very welcomed.


1st prize: 

– project realization 

– overnight stay in the Ostello del Sole from 1 to 8 of July 2016  

– 500 euro  

– selection for an internship in ARCò

Honorable mention: Publications

Among the two winning groups, one or more participants will be selected to complete for an internship in the practice ARCò. Arrangements and duration to be agreed upon.

The selection process will be carried out by the archiSTART team and by the hosting practice after an accurate assessment of the participants’ portfolios.

Go to the competition’s website