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Submission: May 28, 2022
Registration: May 23, 2022
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The Site Convent is a refuge for solitude, remembrance and spiritual enlightenment, intimate spaces for reflection and contemplation. Together with the existing ruins and the ever changing sand dunes, the Site Convent offers a unique experience within this remarkable landscape; it is a mystical place and meditative sanctuary through memory, time and silence.

The Penafirme Convent is a place of great cultural heritage and historical significance with characteristics that must be fully preserved. The ruins of the Convent together with the sand dunes are prominent features within this setting.

When generating a vision for an intervention located within such a remarkable place, it is essential that each design proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site and existing ruins, while provide a unique and memorable experience.


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 Convent located at the Penafirme Convent, Portugal.


  • 1st Prize   2000€ (two thousand euros)
  • 2nd Prize 1000€ (one thousand euros)
  • 3rd Prize   500€ (five hundred euros)
  • 7 Honorable Mentions


All submissions will be published on the ArkxSite website.
All reasonable efforts will be made to publish and promote the winners and honorable mentions in architectural magazines and blogs worldwide; however, such results will rely on agreements made with the publication entities.

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