Sacred Architecture - Kaira Looro International Architecture Competition
Участникам необходимо предложить идеи по созданию в одной из провинций Сенегала объекта сакральной архитектуры, который мог бы стать одним из культурных символов страны. В проекте предпочтительно использование местных строительных материалов. Организаторы просят ориентироваться на низкую стоимость реализации, при этом внедрение инноваций и использование высоких технологий приветствуется. Лучший проект может быть реализован с привлечением команды авторов.
Kaira Looro are two words in Mandinga language, the main culture in Tanaf. The greetings of welcome or farewell, are not simple greetings of “good morning” or “good evening”, but they are real good wishes and prayers for the peace of others. Often people greet each other “Alma kaira siyaa laa”, or that “God will give you peace.”
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 challenge is to celebrate this cult philosophy by designing a sustainable and culturally-driven architecture, for a place with a lack of materials and with low technology.
To design a place of worship means creating a new landmark, but also giving substance to a culture of a community, being lightweight and graceful to understand its spirituality.
This competition has to show and describe the theme thanks to an impressive design also being integrated and able to become a symbol for all the country. Carefully included into the landscape, it will represent the conjunction between earthly and divine.
The project has to respect the following parameters:
maximum imprint on the ground is fixed at 350mq; maximum height is 30m. Please consider that existing buildings don’t exceed 6m high.
even if a low cost and sustainable approach is highly recommended, proper innovative solutions, also including high-tech, are welcome.
it is important to have a keen eye for timing and construction conditions, remind always that it’s difficult to find specialized workers on place.
natural and local materials are highly recommended.
please consider that when in operation, the structure should minimize the consumption of water.
it would be better if the structure is able to celebrate different kind of worship (Muslim, Christian, Orthodox, Animism) as any potential sanitary or environmental emergency.