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20 January 2022

Announcing the Winner of "El Pantà de Sau" Competition

Larsen Liverpool are proud to announce the winner of the international design competition "El Pantà de Sau - A Beacon for Cultural Heritage".

Announcing the Winner of "El Pantà de Sau" Competition

Thank you

We would like to thank all of the participants and everyone who displayed interest on our design competitions. The site of El Pantà de Sau poses challenges to even the most experienced designers. This drone footage gives you some insight about this unique site.

In The Media

Our competition has been mentioned in several prestigious online journals and magazines. Take a look at the Q&A the Architect's Journal published about our competition below.

Architect's Journal Q&A

The Brief and Design Criteria

The objective of this architectural design competition was to conceptualise a vernacular meditation space within the heart of the Catalonian Pyrenees mountains.

We set the brief to give the opportunity for participants to showcase their talents and design a structure that allowed for visitors to feel a deep connection with the cultural heritage of the area.

The Criteria

The Brief Criteria

  • A meditation space

  • Use of vernacular architecture (local architectural style and available building materials)

  • An environmentally-conscious design

  • Acknowledgement of cultural heritage

  • Consideration of the site - church and landscape

  • Consideration of the visitor's short stays

The Design Criteria

  • Communication of the scheme

  • Consistent graphic style

  • Visuals

  • Visitor journey

  • Detail

  • Creativity

The Awards

The winning entry will receive the following prizes

  1. £500 Cash Prize

  2. A free copy of our upcoming competition booklet

  3. The chance to sit in our judging panel in one of our future competitions

  4. A free entry to one of our design competitions

  5. 100 trees planted in the winner's name

  6. Published across our global platforms



After careful consideration, the design that we believe has most strongly represented the competition criteria for El Pantà de Sau is:

La Cathédrale Engloutie - Route Towards the Church

by Jiayun Xu, Sixing Huang, Haoyang Guo.



Your impressive design, your considerations of cultural heritage, and the visitor experience are complex and emotive, and go beyond the essential requirements of the brief. The design strongly demonstrates your talent and creative skills.

More details about the winner and the Route To The Church entry can be seen on our dedicated website


The Runners-Up & Honourable Mentions will be coming soon to our website. Stay tuned!

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