SITE GALLERY Competition

Submission: April 30, 2016
Registration: April 25, 2016
Language: English
Location: Mertola, Portugal
Prizes: 1st Prize: 2000€, 2nd Prize: 1000€, 3rd Prize: 500€
Type: Students & Young Architects


This international one-stage architecture 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 Gallery located near the River Tower (Torre do Rio) in the bank of the Guadiana River and adjacent to the fortified walls of the village of Mértola, Portugal.

The Site Gallery aims to provide a space to display Contemporary Art and a new sculpture garden to improve the pedestrian circulation and increase the relationship between the historic village of Mértola, the Guadiana River and the remains of the River Tower. The design proposal must be highly sensitive to the remains of the River Tower.


The competition is open to all architecture students (undergraduate, graduate, master, PhD, etc.), young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies (≤ 40 years old).
Each team may be composed of 1 up to 4 team members and may include multidisciplinary members (designers, engineers, artists, etc.) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect.
All members of the team must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline. Jury members or those involved with the preparation and organisation of this competition may not participate.
The competition submission will consist of a single digital file
and should comply with the following requirements:
File Format :
• (1) – A1 sized panel (59,4 cm x 84,1 cm), Landscape / Horizontal layout
• Registration Code must be located in the upper right-hand corner of the submitted panel
Graphic layout :
• Graphic layout includes text, drawings and renderings to be determined by each team; however, the program areas should be clearly identified on the panel.
File type / size / name :
• JPG (RGB Color) with 5 Megabytes (maximum). Recommended
300 dpi resolution. The JPG file may be compressed to a ZIP or RAR file format .
• File name should only include the Registration Code.
For example: SG00000.jpg


The jury members will award three prizes and seven honorable mentions.
1st Prize 2000 € (Two thousand euros)
2nd Prize 1000 € (One thousand euros)
3rd Prize 500 € (Five hundred euros)
7 Honorable Mentions – Publication
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 between the publication entities and ArkxSite.
Date: February 19, 2016