The organisers of ‘Kaira Looro Competition – Sacred Architecture’ are inviting architects, designers, engineers and students to participate in an international architectural competition designed to celebrate the cult philosophy of culture and spirituality in a remote place on earth.

To be based in Tanaf, Senegal, the competition invites participants to design sustainable and culturally-driven architecture, for a place with a shortage of materials and limited access to high-performing technology.

Kaira Looro in Mandingo language means ‘Architecture for Peace’ – it’s not just architecture; it also represents the link to a culture, spirituality and research of interiority.

The competition is organised by the non-profit organisation Balouo Salo in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, Kengo Kuma & Associates, CNAPPC, Embassy and Consulate of Senegal, Sedhiou Government, the City of Tanaf and others. Winning projects will win cash prizes from the sponsors, Four Points by Sheraton Catania.

All the entries will be judged by an internationally renowned jury comprising of Kengo Kuma, Ko Nakamura (University of Tokyo), A. Ghirardelli (SBGA), A. Muzzonigro (Stefano Boeri Architects), R. Bouman (Mohn + Bouman Architects), C. Chiarelli (Arcò), A. Ferrara (Juri Troy Architects), Pilar Diez Rodriguez, R. Kasik (X Architekten), S. D’Urso (University of Catania), I. Gomis (Tanaf Mayor), I. Lutri (InArch), and W. Baricchi (CNAPPC).

The winning project will receive a cash prize and an internship in the Kengo Kuma architectural studio in Tokyo.

Registration is open and submissions can be made until 23 April 2017. Please visit the Kaira Looro website for more details about the competition.