Kaira Looro 2021

The next contest will be published in January 2021


Kaira Looro is one of the most important international architecture competitions for students and young architects, focusing on the themes of emergency, development and solidarity. The event is organised by the Balouo Salo non-profit organisation which operates in Africa and focuses on charitable projects which provide support to disadvantaged communities. The words “kaira looro” are in the language of the Mandinka people, an African culture which comprises the majority of the population in the area in which the Balouo Salo organisation operates. The words mean “architecture for peace”, in that, through the development of humanitarian architecture, the aims is to create a bridge of solidarity and to raise awareness among the scientific community regarding humanitarian issues, getting students, architects, designers, organisations, and institutions from around the world involved.

The aim of the competition is also to launch young promising architects in the professional world, thanks to prestigious cash prizes, publications, contructions and internships in internationally renowned studios including Kengo Kuma & Associates in Tokyo. Kengo Kuma is in fact the president of the jury. The competition is followed by media partners in all continents allowing the winners to gain visibility on the international scene.
All proceeds from the event are donated to charitable projects.

The new competition will be published in January 2021. Stay connected with us to find out the dates and themes of the on cooming competition. Follow us on our official channels facebook and instagram, and write to info@balouosalo.com for more details.



The past competitions

Kaira Looro 2020

Emergency Operations Center



Emergencies strike suddenly and without warning. They level cities to the ground and tear down buildings as though they were made of sand. In almost no time at all everything is destroyed and all that remains is the realisation that you have to get up and start all over again from scratch. In recent years the occurrence of deluges and flooding have increased dramatically. Competition aimed to design an architecture that will house an EOC (Emergency Operations Center) and that can help to facilitate the humanitarian operations of international organisations, allowing them to act with the utmost efficiency.

Winner: Aleksandra Wróbel, Agnieszka Witaszek, Kamil Owczarek from Poland.
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kaira looro 2020 emergency operation center

Kaira Looro 2019

Peace Pavilion

Hintercultural hostility and the exploitation of resources on the African continent have triggered a succession of armed conflicts resulting in millions of innocent lives lost and refugees seeking hope in a better life elsewhere. Communities annihilated. Villages and cities torn to the ground. Nations in chaos. Remembering the victims through the universal value of peace can help to lay the foundation for the creation of an inclusive and cohesive society. Contemplation, memory, and compassion are the values that commemorative architecture must convey in order to build a better world.s, bonding the human being to its own roots through dance, history, music, colours, flavours, materials and landscapes.

Winner: Changze Cai from China.
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kairalooro 2019 peace pavilion

Kaira Looro 2018

Cultural Center

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.

Winner: Giacomo Spanio, Sergiu Cernea, Paolo Reali, Nicola Puppin from Italy.
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kairalooro 2018 Cultural Center

Kaira Looro 2017

Sacred Architecture

Introspection, spirituality and divinity. These are the elements around which the sacred architecture revolves. The light and the lightness of the materials join sacred and profane, creating an architecture that, through spaces and forms, try to invite the humans to an interior research.


Winner: Natalia Serafin, Paulina Gorecka, Anita Wisniewska from Poland.
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kairalooro 2018 Cultural Center

Kaira Looro 2016

Workshop

The event represented an international architecture workshop organized in september 2016 together with In/arch Sicilia and CA2Lab from University of Catania, aimed to support the Dam-Bridge project, addressing international community and developing architectural projects to be donated to Tanaff Valley.

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kairalooro 2016 workshop

All winners

 Aleksandra Wróbel

Aleksandra Wróbel

Winner of Kaira Looro 2020
Emergency Operations Center

Kamil Owczarek

Kamil Owczarek

Winner of Kaira Looro 2020
Emergency Operations Center

Agnieszka Witaszek

Agnieszka Witaszek

Winner of Kaira Looro 2020
Emergency Operations Center

Changze Cai

Changze Cai

Winner of Kaira Looro 2019
Peace Pavillon

 Giacomo Spanio

Giacomo Spanio

Winner of Kaira Looro 2018
Cultural Center

Paolo Reali

Paolo Reali

Winner of Kaira Looro 2018
Cultural Center

Sergiu Cernea

Sergiu Cernea

Winner of Kaira Looro 2018
Cultural Center

Nicola Puppin

Nicola Puppin

Winner of Kaira Looro 2018
Cultural Center

Natalia Serafin

Natalia Serafin

Winner of Kaira Looro 2017
Sacred Architecture

Anita Wisniewska

Anita Wisniewska

Winner of Kaira Looro 2017
Sacred Architecture

Paulina Gorecka

Paulina Gorecka

Winner of Kaira Looro 2017
Sacred Architecture


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