Submission: January 30, 2016
Registration: January 22, 2016
Language: English
Location: The Cromeleque dos Almendres, 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 contemporary Visitor Center located near the megalithic monument Cromeleque dos Almendres (stone circle) in the town of Guadalupe, in the region of Évora, Portugal.

The megalithic monument Cromeleque dos Almendres is a significant landmark on a prominent landscape, 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 emphasizes, respects and celebrates the site, while providing visitors with a unique experience.

The Visitor Center aims to promote a unique experience within a remarkable landscape and provide a space for visitors to become engaged with the historical heritage, focusing on the significance of megalithic monuments and the establishment of Neolithic communities in the region. The design proposal must be highly sensitive to the megalithic enclosure.


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)

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.


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 panel must be submitted only once using the online file-transferring platform WeTransfer.com as a single file (JPG file may be compressed to a ZIP or RAR file format) and addressed to submission@arkxsite.com. Any submission made by other methods will not be downloaded.

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: VC00000.jpg

Go to the competition’s website

Date: October 23, 2015