reTHINKing Architecture Competition: Temporary Housing for surfers in Tarifa

Sponsor: reTHINKing Architecture Competitions

Location: Tarifa, Spain

Type: Open, ideas


All students and architecture professionalsor related branches anywhere in the world can participate in the contest. Participation can be individual or in groups, being eight (8) the maximum number
of members. Team members can be from all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without being necessary, although advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. It is allowed that members are from different universities and countries.

Entrance Fee:

Early (before 25 October) – 30 € + IVA

Regular (before 20 November) – 60 € + IVA

Late (after 20 November) -  90 € + IVA


First prize 3.000 €
Second prize 1.500 €
Third prize 500 €

Registration Deadline: 20 December 2014

Submission Deadline: 23 December 2014


Javier López Rivera (ACTA architects)
Ramón Antonio Pico Valimaña (ACTA architects)
José Ramón Moreno
Elena Vilches (Vázquez Consuegra studio)
Javier Terrados

Design Challenge:

The reTHINK!NG team proposes the “installation” of a temporary shelter for the sea lovers society dedicated to water sports. These properties must be rethought taking into account the nature which
they are located in as mobile surfing condition of this population. It is not the construction of a building to create a strong impact on the environment, but rather a project that is able to read the landscape and negotiate with it.
It is required that the proposal have a ZERO ECOLOGICAL PRINT, ie, rethinking waste management, contact with the ground or water. The systems must be independent, can not rely on urban rush. They must be self-sufficient and renewable. Where does water or electricity come from? How do the materials get to the site?
The concept of time applied to architectural design. Can be removable? How long would these accommodations be projected for?
All these questions are the beginning of what Rethink!NG aims to promote in this project.
Think of the competition as a laboratory of ideas. 

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