Register: JUN/08/2018, Submit: JUN/08/2018, Eligibility: Architecture students, architects or related professions; individually, groups up to 8 members who can be from different universities, countries and all disciplines: artists, philosophers, photographers, etc. Fee: 35 EUR (MAR/26 – APR/26/2018), 50 EUR (APR/27 – MAY/17/2018), 70 EUR (MAY/18 – JUN/08/2018); +IVA 21%; discount: 30% for every 10 teams, Awards: 1st Prize 1,500 EUR, 3 Accésits 500 EUR each, 10 Honorable Mentions, Grant for Master’s Degree MArch in Valencia 2,000 EUR
For many people Ibiza is synonymous to party, fun and nightlife, and in a way it is true, since the island of Ibiza has become in recent years a focus of “night tourism” looking to enjoy in pubs, discos and beach bars on the beach. At the same time of this reality of tourism, Ibiza has been and always will be a pole of attraction of a tourism of relaxation, of enjoyment of beaches, coves, landscape and nature, and this affirmation is totally true.
The island of Ibiza makes a place where the clear waters, the white sand and red corals are constant. In previous rethinking competitions where the landscape was key we asked ourselves how we can intervene without outshining it. That balance, that delicate line is what we propose to re-explore since this place can be considered an enclave so spectacular, very meaningful, where water, nature, cliffs and architecture make this “Island of hidden landscape” a unique enclave.
WHAT ARCHITECTURE SAYS ABOUT THIS?
This is an exercise of reflection. We can, on the one hand, hide, camouflage ourselves and make our presence a mere rock that stands in the landscape. We can also discover the landscape, that our intervention involves rediscovering new views in the landscape but without ceasing to think that we or rather, our architecture is not important in the intervention. On the other hand, we can do the opposite, consider that architecture must be se en, in order to rediscover we must risk, and to risk we must explore, and to explore we must conquer.
Hide, camouflage, take off your head or invade. They are not the only options, of course, but they are generally the most used. It will be the contestant who rediscovers new forms, new architectures, new ways of creating, thinking, reflecting and that is the beauty of these contests where there is nothing written to dialogue with the landscape.
Sunsets occur every day since the world is world, and the world never tires of contemplating them or finding the best places to do so. In Ibiza this search ended 80 years ago, when the first tourists discovered the Pirate tower.
The pirate tower, in Ibiza, is one of the most famous defensive constructions on the island, which every year attracts hundreds of tourists who want to visit the well-known defense tower. Its true name is the Torre de Es Savinar or Cap d’es Jueu, and it is the highest tower in Ibiza, although its main attraction is that from the top of the tower you can enjoy a unique view of the islet of Es Vedrà and It is Vedranell, and you can even see the massif of Montgó de Denia on the clearest days.
Being a defensive construction, the area has cliffs, areas with a softer slope and last areas in direct contact with the sea in its lower part, exactly the lower bay. That is why the place of intervention to develop the proposal will be totally free where the contestant must choose how to settle their architecture and get the most out of the place by choosing what kind of strategy to follow.
Absolute fre edom sometimes scares but this decision should be taken as an absolute degree of freedom but at the same time of some risk, since as we have previously told in a delicate landscape, with a great landscape potential where the concept of limit, the horizon, the detail, the earthly, the vegetation, the pre-existence… should be put on a scale and try to balance, as it is said, virtue.
- It is the fact that this place is one of the most inspiring that we can find on the island, the reason why it has been decided that it is an ideal point to develop a home conceived as a space of relaxation, of inner peace where culture, passion, art can flow thanks to the architecture that is proposed. Being a point of visual, musical or physical creation for an artist (architect, musician, poet, painter…). The proposal can be conceived as an occasional refuge-house or as a permanent home for its inhabitant. That is why the contestant will decide on the one hand the profession of his tenant, then decide the exact location of the house and finally the program, taking into account that they must develop at least the following spaces:
- 1 room – studio – living room – dining room
- 1 viewpoint
- 1 bathroom
This program is orientative and can be modified by the contestant.
Project freedom is absolute and the area of intervention is free, this contest proposes that the participant investigate the forms of intervention in a singular landscape – Study limits, scales, views, access, materiality are the keys to follow.
Being a contest on ideas, the participants are free to modify the given surfaces. This report must be taken as a reference for the necessary spaces so that the project is practical and as a measure for the total dimensions of the project. The participants can suggest new areas not included in this document, as deleting and combining some of the already mentioned.