Kaira Looro Architecture Competition for Cultural Center

This challenge sees the planning of an architectural structure as witness of the peaceful relation occurring among local ethnic groups and promoting, at the same time, preservation of local habits.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Age Restriction and Students, Single-Stage
Genre Culture-Center, Sustainability
Country Senegal
RegDeadline 4 April 2018 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
25 April 2018 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility 1 Under 35 Member each team at least

The intervention area represents a breeding ground of centuries-old cultures, rich in rituals and experiences coming from father to son, and telling stories about Africa. Cultures here are mixing together in harmony, within an environment full of experiences. Some of those ethnic groups are deeply rooted in history, and, since they never had any archives or written works, they passed those stories only thanks to words coming from the Elders.
Globalization effects are reflecting today on communities, putting ancient rituals and the preservation of cultural identities down the risk.
The town of Sedhiou, one amongst the less well fixed, has no places to let its own community spread its culture and habits, where to have the chance for everyone to relate and express themselves through arts those art the region is rich in. Here it comes the need to design a meeting place, promoting culture and witness of a location put in discussion during regional conflicts occurred between 1980 and 2005.
The planning of a Cultural Center for the city of Sedhiou aims to renovate the idenitity of the area, trying to reach the goal of creating a location where local cultures may have the chance to be told, passed on and preserved. This challenge sees the planning of an architectural structure as witness of the peaceful relation occurring among local ethnic groups and promoting, at the same time, preservation of local habits. The competitor will show his theme through a surprising and integrated design at once, developing a structure destined to be an Icon for the entire country, without weighing on the surrounding environment. The Architectural structure will require:
- Maximum surfaces: 550 m2 for the indoor area, 400 m2 for the open space area. Maximum height of 8 mt;
- Three main designed areas for Education, Exhibitions and Performances. Furthermore, Bureau and Restrooms must be included;
- A call to economic intervention and sustainability;
- The need of dealing with subjects such as timing or relative problems linked to the structure development, to be set within an area where no specialized workforce exists. For the same reason, projects displaying care about developing time, self-construction and implementation aspects, will be encouraged;
- the preference of local and natural materials, being provided from surrounding areas and occasionaly re-usage of waste products;
- Optimization and preservation of water supplying ;
- Flexible open spaces;
Available on site materials or findable nearby, consist in: Bamboo, Clay Bricks (usual size: 20x30x15cm), Cement Bricks (20x30x15cm), metal plates, straw, laterite stones, shells, sand, wooden beams and boards, Clay, Palm tree leaves. Unmentionned materials may be imported from abroad or surrounding main cities, including increasing developing costs.
All necessary documentation about project development is available to free download on a dedicated section of the website. Materials and images are protected by Copyright and must be exclusively used within the context of this competition.

Kengo Kuma, Kengo Kuma & Associates
Azzurra Muzzonigro, Stefano Boeri Architetti
Agostino Ghirardelli, SBGA Associati
Rainer Kasik, X Architekten
Giuseppe Mazzaglia, Kaan Architecten
Rene Bouman, Mohn Bouman Architects
Sebastiano D'Urso, University of Catania
Pilar Diez Rodriguez
Angelo Ferrara
Ignazio Lutri, IN/Arch
Camillo Magni, ASF Italy
Raoul Vecchio, Balouo Salo
Toshiki Hirano, University of Tokyo

1st PRIZE: € 2,500 and Internship at Kengo Kuma Associates, Tokyo
2nd PRIZE: € 1,000
3rd PRIZE: 500 €
5 MENTIONS and 15 FINALISTS: Publication

Entry Fee
Early registration: 60€/ Team (15 January 2018 - 13 February 2018)
Normal registration: 90€/ Team (14 February 2018 - 10 March 2018)
Late registration: 120€/ Team (11 March 2018 - 04 April 2018)

Results announcement: 20 May 2018

Balouo Salo Association

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