Kaira Looro Competition

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition, African Cultural Center Architectural Contest

Kaira Looro Competition

Africa Architectural Contest – organised by International Nonprofit Orgnization Balouo Salo

21 Dec 2017

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition

Kaira Looro Design Competition

Kaira Looro Competition for Cultural Center

A tribute to the Africa’s culture in a remote place of the earth.

Hundred-years old cultures give birth to Communities, being transmitted through rhymes of those who are narrating it and interpretating tha past through wisdom. One’s accomplishments result from rituals and metamorphosis, bonding the human being to its own roots through dance, history, music, colours, flavours, materials and landscapes. Space and Matter relate themeselves with the power of rituals, drawing together the lines of an architecture encharged of passing and preserving History.

Kaira Looro Competition

“Kaira Looro Competition – Sacred Architecture” is an international architectural competition which has as project theme the architectural celebration of the cult philosophy in a remote place on earth, where the shortage of materials and high-performing technology pushes the architecture to the branch of sustainability and integration with landscape and culture. Kaira Looro, that in Mandingo language means “Architecture for Peace”, is not just architecture, but it also represents the link to a culture, a spirituality and research of interiority.

The competition is organized by the Nonprofit Organization “Balouo Salo” with the collaboration of the University of Tokyo, Kengo Kuma & Associates, Sedhiou Government and others, the sponsors will provide cash prizes for the winning projects. These will be named by an internationally renowned jury made up of:

Kengo Kuma, T. Hirano (Università di Tokyo), A. Ghirardelli (SBGA), A. Muzzonigro (Stefano Boeri Architetti), R. Bouman (Mohn+Bouman Architects), C. Magni (ASF), Angelo Ferrara, Pilar Diez Rodriguez, R. Kasik (X Architekten), S. D’Urso (Università di Catania), G-Mazzaglia (Kaan Architects), I.Lutri (In/Arch), R. Vecchio (Balouo Salo).

There will be project awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, 2 honorable mentions and also 5 mentions and 15 finalists. The winning project will receive a cash prize and an internship in the Kengo Kuma & Associates architectural studio in Tokyo, as well as publications, exhibitions and articles.

The competition is open to architects, designers, engineers and students. It’s possible to participate as a team or individually.

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 purpose of the contest consists in creating an iconic architectural structure in order to preserve local
cultures coming from the region of Sedhiou, voted to respect towards environment and local cultural
balance existing in the area, improving uncertainty conditions of communities and aimed to preserve
customs. The winning project must be be intended as a donation to the International Non Profit
Organization (INPO) Balouo Salo, in order to be shared with communities and institutions of Sedhiou, who
will have the chance to realize it cooperating with other Organizations (ONG, Institutions) or to proceeding
on their own. The proceeds of the competition will be donated to the non-profit organization Balouo Salo.

The contest will officially open in January 2018 and will follow this schedule:

Early registration – from 15 January to 13 February 2018
Normal registration – from 14 February to 10 March 2018
Late registration – 11 March to 4 April, 2018
Competitions deadline – April 25 , 2018
Winners announced – 20 May 2018

To enter the contest, partecipants have just to fill out the registration form in the official website.

Competition Web Site:
Kaira Looro Competition


For more information: info@kairalooro.com

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