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Site Art Center (Portugal):International Architecture Competition

United Kingdom Architecture News - Feb 18, 2015 - 14:37   3481 views

This international one-stage architecture competition invites all architecture students and young architects (≤ 40 years old) to develop and submit compelling ideas for the design of a contemporary Art Center located within the Fortress of Cresmina in Cascais, Portugal.

The Fortress of Cresmina is a significant landmark on a prominent landscape, a place of cultural heritage and historical significance with characteristics that must be fully preserved.

When generating a vision for an intervention located within such a remarkable place, it is essential that each proposal emphasizes, respects and celebrates the site and existing ruins within this spectacular landscape, providing visitors a unique experience.

Site History

The Fortress of Cresmina is located at the southern end of the Cresmina beach, in Cascais, Portugal.

The Fortress of Cresmina is an example of military architecture, isolated, on a rocky point of a cliff, on the southern edge of the Cresmina beach. It was one of the fortresses for strengthening the coastline of defense, each located in the most strategic areas.

The Fortress of Cresmina has a polygonal plan with six sides of different dimensions. The quarter and powder storehouse were located at the rear. Access was made through a single door and there are still traces of two small rectangular spaces and the pavement slabs are still visible. Currently vacant, the Fortress of Cresmina is in advanced state of ruin.


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. 

Jury Members

The jury members will be composed of international professional architects and will be announced on the ArkxSite website. 


Competition opening:February 12, 2015

FAQ questions deadline:April 17, 2015

FAQ answers posted:April 24, 2015

Early Registration period:February 12 - May 12, 2015

Regular Registration period:May 13 - May 25, 2015 May 25, 2015

Registration Deadline:May 25, 2015

Submission Deadline:May 30, 2015

Jury Evaluation:June 05 - June 19, 2015

Announcement of Competition Results:June 30, 2015