site mausoleum architecture competition

‘SITE MAUSOLEUM’ International Architecture Ideas Competition

Submission: June 29, 2019
Registration: June 24, 2019
Language: English
Location: Serra da Arrábida, Portugal
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


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 Mausoleum located in the Jaspe Quarry, ‘Serra da Arrábida, Portugal.

The Jaspe Quarry is a remarkable place within a powerful natural scenery where the remains of an old quarry carved into the landscape, together with the massive cliffs dropping dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, are notable features within this setting.

The desactivated quarries display the natural beauty of the ‘Arrábida Brecha’, a unique ornamental stone used in several monuments within this region (also known as “Arrábida Marble”). The Jaspe Quarry was closed in 1976 when the Arrábida Natural Park was created.

When generating a vision for an intervention located within such a spectacular place, it is essential that each design proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site, while providing visitors with a unique experience.


The Site Mausoleum, located on a prominent landscape, is a place of memory and solitude, a tranquil atmosphere for introspection and remembrance; it is an intimate journey through time and silence, offering visitors a unique experience within the immensity of the place.


1. Entrance *
Provide a space of transition between the natural landscape and the Mausoleum.

2. Memory room *
Provide a place of memory and remembrance, an intimate space for introspection offering visitors a moment of silence and solitude.

This is the main space of the Site Mausoleum and it can be a singular space or a sequence of spaces.

3. Resting / outdoor area *
Provide an outdoor area, a place of quietness, stillness and profound tranquility to enhance the relationship with the landscape. A water feature may be introduced into the design of the Site Mausoleum.

* Areas to be determined by each participant’s design proposal.

Total area of the Site Mausoleum to be determined by each participant’s proposal.(suggestion 60 – 120 m2)


The overall design of the Site Mausoleum must be sensitive to the surrounding context. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the limits of the cliff. The spaces of the Site Mausoleum can be enclosed and / or open to the natural elements; the quarries may or may not be included within the Site Mausoleum design proposal. Because this is an ideas competition, urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.


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.


* All deadlines are established @ 23:59 hrs (Current local time in Portugal)

* A tax of 23% (VAT rate in Portugal) will be applied to the fees.

Go to the competition’s website