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Competition: The Lighthouse, Cyprus

An open international contest has been launched to design a €20,000 lighthouse-inspired structure on a beach near Paphos, Cyprus (Deadline: 23 February)

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 €10,000 public viewing tower.

Paphos Lighthouse

Paphos Lighthouse

Source: Image by Nikodem Nijaki

Paphos Lighthouse

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.

Geroskipou beach

Geroskipou beach

Geroskipou beach

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.

How to apply

Deadline

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

Contact details

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

Email: contact@cysoa.com

Visit the competition website for more information

Erith Lighthouse case study: Q&A with David Knight and Cristina Monteiro

The directors of DK-CM discuss lessons learned creating a lighthouse inspired landmark for Erith, south east London

How did your Erith Lighthouse project deliver a new landmark for the area?

Erith Lighthouse was a temporary project commissioned as part of a larger strategy to activate Erith town centre, and hosted a series of dinners, a community café and a variety of cultural events. It was important for the project to communicate with as many people as possible (both locally and through the media) in order to kick-start positive conversations about the identity, growth and future of Erith. We arrived at the idea of a lighthouse because it resonated with Erith’s history as a place connected to the river for leisure and for industry, and because it gave us the chance to make a distinctive, communicative building that would appear on Erith’s skyline.

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

Source: Image by DK-CM

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

Which architectural, material, visual and other methods did you harness in your design?

The building is made up of durable, easily assembled theatre rigging, clad in coloured polycarbonate. It is therefore a demountable structure with a character that is slightly larger than life. The building is transparent so ‘glows’ at night when it is in use. As we couldn’t literally create a new lighthouse for the Thames we hung a rotating mirrorball in the tower.

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

Source: Image by DK-CM

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

What advice would you have to contest participants on creating a new lighthouse style structure for Geroskipou Beach?

There is a really rich architectural history of small, compact and economical buildings that ‘punch above their weight’ and have stronger personalities than their size, and are able to play a part in the wider landscape. In designing Erith Lighthouse we thought of Aldo Rossi’s mobile theatres and Kolonihavehus, the mini-temple of Clifton Nursery in Covent Garden, and a whole tradition of picturesque follies which pretend to be much larger buildings.

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

Source: Image by DK-CM

Erith Lighthouse by DK-CM

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