site sanctuary competitions

SITE SANCTUARY International Architecture Ideas Competition

Submission: May 27, 2017
Registration: May 22, 2017
Language: English
Location: Monsanto, Portugal
Prizes: 1st Prize: €2,000, 2nd Prize: €1,000, 3rd Prize: €500
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 Sanctuary located on the powerful natural scenery of Monsanto, Portugal.

Monsanto has a number of significant landmarks within a prominent landscape; it is a place of great cultural heritage and historical significance with characteristics that must be fully preserved.
When generating a vision for an intervention located within such a spectacular place, it is essential that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site, while provide visitors with a unique experience.


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 (landscape architects, urban designers, 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 Site Sanctuary is a place of memory and remembrance, an intimate space to celebrate the history and the sensitive experience and nature of place. The Site Sanctuary provides a space for quiet reflection and is a platform for meditation; a place for introspection to further intensify the connection between place, memory and profound tranquility.
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
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.