Competition: Salt-pan house

The goal of the competition is to stop further ruin of one of the remaining salt-pan houses at Sečovlje Salina Nature Park while using a new intervention to form a spatial model of cultural heritage preservation in the southern area of the salt-pans.

Fifty years ago, when salt-making was abandoned, there were more than a hundred houses standing in the southern part. Today, only around seventy ruins remain, reminding us of the once key economic activity in Piran. Heritage preservation always demands a new intervention, albeit small. The chosen ruin means an opportunity for a fresh take on the balance between the preservation of cultural and natural heritage; it may become a self-confident model for a restored co-existence with cultural and natural heritage in the European sense.

The entrants should design a temporary spatial intervention that will be installed on the site of a salt-pan house.

Participants are to use cross-laminated timber panels (CLT) as the main material for the structure.

The competition is open to all. No professional qualifications are required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (maximum 4 team members).

Competition Schedule
October 31, 2019: Competition announcement and start of the registration.
November 20, 2019: Closing date for Questions and Inquiries.
December 1, 2019: Answers to Questions and Inquiries will be published on the competition website. Notices will be emailed to registered entrants.
January 30, 2020: Closing date for registration.
January 31, 2020, at 23:59 CET: Submission deadline.
February 23, 2020: Shortlisted teams will be informed of the selection and invited to the award ceremony.
February 29, 2020: Announcement of the winners.
2020: Construction of the structure, and opening ceremony.

Registration is required. There is no registration fee. Upon registration, the participant will receive a unique five-digit PIN. The provided PIN should be used in accordance with the guidelines of the competition brief.

Competition Documents
A download link with the following files will be provided upon registration:
– Competition brief, .pdf file (EN/SI)
– .dwg files of the drawings of the competition site and the ruin
– .pdf files of the drawings of the competition site and the ruin
– 3D model in the .skp file format


Jury & Technical Committee
Maruša Zorec – professor at Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana
Boštjan Vuga – visiting Professor at the AA School of Architecture in London
Maja Vardjan – architect and curator at MAO
Miloš Kosec – member of the editorial board of the Outsider magazine
Etbin Tavčar – conservator at ZVKDS
Matevž Granda – member of the editorial board of the Outsider magazine

Rapporteur: Tina Popovič, head of the Institute Divja misel

The Technical Committee members are:
Srđan Nađ, member of the editorial board of the Outsider magazine
Representatives of Alfa Natura, d. o. o.

3 winning proposals and 3 Honorable Mentions will be selected. The organizers will award a total of EUR 7,000 in prizes to competition winners as follows:
1st prize: EUR 3,000 gross + EUR 2,000 towards covering the travel and accommodation costs of a workshop to develop the construction documentation.
2nd prize: EUR 1,500 gross
3rd prize: EUR 500 gross
3 Honorable Mentions

Q & A


Partner and exclusive contractor:

This project is a part of a partnership network Platform Center for Creativity co-financed by European Union from European Regional Development Fund and by Republic of Slovenia:



The official organizer of the competition:

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