Early registration starts: April 1st 2020

Early registration ends: May 6th 2020

Submission deadeline: June 19th 2020 18:00h (Madrid time)

Winners announcement and media diffusion: July 2020



The Uyuni Salt Flat Shelter contest seeks a re-encounter with nature and with the human being within solitude Acceleration, instantaneousness, immediacy, technologization ... The daily life of the human being has been subsumed under synchronous devices such as watches and mobile phones, generating a stressed society, which has lost all trace of its biological temporality and of its life in common with the middle. Here in the salar, all the technology disappears. All computerization is not possible. Can a Project promote other ways of life that are more leisurely, relaxed and in relation to nature?Can architecture give us the possibility of making up for that lost time? A time in dialogue with nature What is the basis for doing this type of architecture?


The Uyuni Salt Flat Shelter contest presents a space where you can experience a period of rest and reflection. The Project must highlight the uniqueness of the place and that it becomes a personal meeting space that relates its visitors to this spectacular environment, offering visitors a unique experience.

In these bases the m2 of each area will not be defined, because it is understood that the designer himself, according to the unique idea that he proposes, will define these areas. The contest program proposes the following spaces, which can be expanded, simplified and manipulated by the contestant as he sees fit:

All the ideas that are proposed will be valid. The project can be on the ground, in the sky, buried or flying. It can develop wherever you want and how it is created. This program is indicative and therefore can be modified by the participant.

- Rest area and / orview point, where you can experience nature. A space where to look, hear and feel. This space may be a single compact space or be fragmented, as well as aspects of accessibility and routes, including its variability over time. This area can be the night area if you want.

- Cleaning area. The mínimum unit for it.

- Food Zone. This area can be shared, linked or even be the same as the rest area if desired.

As previously mentioned, the surface of the proposalis free and these spaces may be closed, open or semi-open depending on the intentions of each project, and may be established at any level of the enclave. Thus, there are no restrictions that can influence the decisions made by each participant.

Project freedom is absolute, this contest proposes that the participant investigate the landscape and the different forms of intervention in it. Study limits, scales, views, crossedeyes, horizons, accesses. They are the keys to follow.


  • Fran Silvestre Navarro - Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Guillermo Rubio Boronat - Editor TC Cuadernos
  • SevakAsatrián - MArch Investigación
  • Zé Carlos Oliveira - Noarq estudio de arquitectura


First prize – 3.500 € (2.000 € Program M Arch included)
Second prize – 1.000 €
Third prize – 500 €
ReTH!NKING Special Award – Free registration

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