Awards & Competitions - International

Kaira Looro Competition for Cultural Center

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.


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.


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 internationally jusy is composed by 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).


1st Place: € 2,500 + Internship at Kengo Kuma Associates at Tokyo Office+ Publication + Exposure.

2nd Place: € 1,000 + Publication + Exposure.

3rd Place: € 500 + Publication + Exposure.

2 honorable mentions: € 150 + Publication + Exposure.

5 mentions: Publication + Exposure.

10 finalist: Publication + Exposure.

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites, will be hosted in international exhibitions.


Balouo Salo is a charity project in in the region of Sedhiou (Casamance) in south Senegal, which will improve the living conditions of 40,000 people which now starve, because of the rising acidic water that burns cultivation fields. In this region the access to resources and basic services is prevented because of the total absence of infrastructure.

Balouo Salo consists in the construction of a bridge-dam in the valley of Tanaf Bolong (Village of Tanaf, Region of Sedhiou). Its realization will desalinate the soil for its entire length (100 million square meters), making it cultivable, while the infrastructure connection between the banks will arise social and commercial relations which today are hindered by the presence of the river.

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