the beacon

The Beacon – A Design Competition for Combustable Architecture

Submission: June 26, 2018
Registration: June 26, 2018
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Student Competition


The Beacon is a design competition for an architectural structure than can be set alight. The competition involves the design of a structure in or on which a fire can be made, the primary purpose of which is to act as the opening ceremony centerpiece torch for the Lemba Lights Festival at the Cultural Village of Lemba, Paphos, Cyprus in August 2018.

The Site:

The site is the Lemba Plaza, an area currently being created as a meeting point for those living and working in the village, either at the art and architecture school, the local pottery workshop, or local residents.

A map showing the location of the site will be provided upon entry.


Budget: €2000 (Not including electrical equipment)

Area: N/A

Height: N/A

Entry cost: €20

Submission form: Digital

Teams: Groups of up to 5 people may enter

Registration Deadline: Friday 29th June 2018 @ Midday UTC+2 (Local time)

Submission Deadline: Friday 29th June 2018 @ Midday UCT+2 (Local time)

An information pack containing the brief and site photographs will be made available upon registration.

Prize: The winning entry will be constructed after consultation and agreement with local landowners and planning officials, and feature as the centrepiece of the Lemba Lights Festival in Paphos. All entries will be exhibited at the Cyprus School of Architecture in an open public event in August 2018. The entries will also be published in-print and online.

Entry: The competition is open to students, recent graduates, and qualified architects, lighting designers, artists, and related disciplines. Teams of up to 5 will be permitted. After registration, you will be directed to an information pack including an extended brief and site photographs.

The submission requirements for the competition are simple, and should rely on single immersive images to explain the design scheme. Costings and technical drawings are not required.

Single Site Submission Requirements

  • Page Size: 1 x A3 (420x297mm)
  • File Format: JPEG @ 300 dpi
  • File Size: No greater than 20Mb

Submission Link: To submit your project, please follow the ‘Submit Entry’ link below.

Identification: After registration please decide on a 10 digit number which will be your ‘Unique 10 digit identification number’ (you are required to invent this number yourself) Please put this on the top right of your board so that we can identify your entry after the jury has taken place.

Language: English

Q&A: Please send your questions to: contact@cysoa.com

To enter, please click ‘Enter Competition’ below, this will take you to PayPal where your payment will be processed. Your name will be taken from your Paypal payment. If you have paid with someone else’s PayPal account, please contact us via email with your amended entry details.

To enter visit: www.cysoa.com/competitions