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Competition: The Lighthouse, Cyprus

Paphos Lighthouse
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An open international contest has been launched to design a £17,600 lighthouse-inspired structure on a beach near Paphos, Cyprus

The competition, organised by the Cyprus School of Architecture (CYSOA), seeks conceptual designs for a new lighthouse structure and local landmark on Geroskipou beach.

The project is part of a planned series of improvement works on the popular waterfront. Earlier this year CYSOA held separate contests for a new beach shelter – won by Korean firm Kim Min Jae Architects – and a £9,200 public viewing tower.

According to the brief: ‘The Lighthouse competition involves the design of an unmanned structure with a light-source to act as a focal point for the area.

‘The structure may be constructed from any material, and innovation and unusual formal expression are encouraged. The only requirement is that the light-source is accessible for maintenance. The “Lighthouse” should be positioned anywhere along Geroskipou Beach in Paphos, Cyprus.’

Geroskipou is a coastal town east of the major city of Paphos. Its population is approximately 7,000 and it is the second largest municipality in Paphos District.

The city of Paphos is about 50km west from Limassol – Cyprus’s largest port – and its urban area is home to 62,000 residents along with an international airport. The settlement hosted a wide range of cultural events this summer as part of the European Capital of Culture 2017 initiative.

Paphos has many historical buildings and features a subtropical climate. It was an important centre for the ancient cult of Aphrodite. The coastal town of Geroskipou is, meanwhile, famous for its five-domed Byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi, a Folk Art Museum and the production of Turkish delight.

Cyprus is home to six functioning lighthouses including the 20m-tall Paphos Lighthouse (pictured) which is located on a promontory extending into the Mediterranean Sea where it acts as a landfall marker for ships approaching the city’s harbour.

The latest competition is open to both solo individuals and teams of up to five members. Submissions must be in English and include one digital A3-sized landscape board no larger than 20MB featuring diagrams and explanations.

The winning scheme will be constructed following consultation with the local community and approval by the council. All entries will feature in an exhibition hosted by CYSOA.

The deadline for registrations and submissions is midday local time (UTC+2) on 23 February.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

The Cyprus School of Architecture
6 Stass Paraskos Street
Lempa Village
8260 Paphos
Cyprus

Email: contact@cysoa.com

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