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Kaira Looro 2024 Competition

January 1, 2024

A non-profit event by Balouo Salo Humanitarian Organization in Senegal

www.kairalooro.com – [email protected]

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition 2024 Maternity Centre in rural areas of Africa

Kaira Looro 2024 Competition, Africa
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Kaira Looro Architecture Competition 2024 Edition

Pregnancy and giving birth constitute a crucial challenge in the lives of women in Sub-Saharan Africa. Every year, more than 200,000 women lose their lives due to a lack of basic care. Taking so many lives and resulting in more than 1 million orphans each year, this issue is often the result of complications that could be prevented or treated with access to basic medical care.

In Africa, one in 16 women risks dying giving birth to a new life, while in other parts of the world, thanks to prenatal care and specialised assistance during childbirth, this risk affects one in 35,000 women.

The “Kaira Looro ” is an international architecture competition for students and young architects, the objective of which is to grow up careers of new architectural talent, raise awareness in the international community regarding the topics of emergency, and support humanitarian projects.

Participation is open to architects, students, designers, engineers and anyone who wants to propose a solution to the theme. It is possible to participate in the competition individually or in teams, with one requirement: the presence of under 35 years old on the team.

The entries received will be evaluated by a jury made up of prominent architects: Kengo Kuma (KKAA), Benedetta Tagliabue (Benedetta Tagliabue – EMBT Architects), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli), Mario Cucinella (Mario Cucinella Architects), Raul Pantaleo (TAM Associati), Tosin Oshinowo (Oshinowo Studio), Emmanuelle Moureaux (Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design), Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani e Mohamed Amine Siana and an scientific committee made up of Raoul Vecchio (Balouo Salo), Sebastiano D’Urso (University of Catania and other specialist in architecture and humanitarian actions.

Kaira Looro 2024 Contest Senegal
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Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, 2 honourable mentions, 2 special mentions, 20 finalists, and 20 Top 50. The winning project will receive a cash prize (5.000 €) and an internship at KKAA studio in Japan, as well as the construction of the project as humanitarian intervention. The other internships will be awarded to the 2nd place team at EMBT in Spain and to the 3rd place at SBGA, and respectively 2.000€ and 1.000€. Furthermore, all of the projects will be published on the competition’s website and in its official book, transmitted to 30 of the competition’s global media partners, and shared with institutional partners.

The objective of this competition is to select an architectural design for a Maternity Centre, offering healthcare throughout pregnancy. Organizers are looking for an innovative model – an emblematic, cosy and professional place where every woman can feel safe. The building must be designed as a humanitarian operation and for self-construction, i.e., without qualified personnel or construction companies, with the direct participation of the local community, without the use of heavy vehicles, and with sustainable technologies and local materials.

Kaira Looro 2024 Competition, Africa
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The project must include at least the following areas, which may be developed in one or more structures according to the architect’s vision:

1. Reception area and waiting room: A welcoming space for patients and their relatives.

2. Reserved area for healthcare personnel: A dedicated area for medical staff (about 5 persons) to document cases, make decisions, monitor pregnancies, sterilise medical instruments and store medical supplies. Toilets and changing rooms for staff must also be provided.

3. Medical examination and consultation area: A room designed for medical examinations and consultations.

4. Ward areas: A space to monitor women during the early stages of labour and prepare them for transfer to the delivery room, and a post-partum recovery space, with equipment for newborn and maternal care including beds, heating pads, toilets and showers. (Maximum 8 beds)

5. Labour and delivery area: A delivery area with the highest levels of hygiene and lighting.

6. Operating area for caesarean sections: A sterile operating room to be used in case of complications or surgical procedures.

7. Neonatal observation area: An area dedicated to monitoring newborns after birth, in case of complications or a premature birth.

All these environments must be designed to ensure the highest hygienic and sanitary conditions, guaranteeing comfort and safety for both pregnant women and newborn babies, as well as for healthcare personnel. The Maximum indoor surface area is 350 square metres.

The competition is organised by the Balouo Salo Non-Profit Organisation, engaged in charitable projects in Africa, and all proceeds (obtained from the registration fees) , will be entirely donated to the implementation of humanitarian projects in Africa to improve the living conditions of communities in rural areas. The winning projects of the 2022 and 2021 editions are currently under construction, with the support of the competition revenues.

Registration will opens on 12nd January 2024.

Calendar & Deadlines:

Early registrations : 12nd Jan – 29th Febr 2024
Normal registrations : 1st March – 8th Apr 2024
Late registrations : 9th Apr – 14th May 2024
Submissione Deadline: 11st June 2024

Winners announcements : 9th July 2024

Info and registration: www.kairalooro.com | facebook

Kaira Looro 2024 Competition, Africa
image © Balouo Salo


Kaira Looro Architecture Competition 2024

Primary School in Africa


Competition of ideas for the architecture of a primary school in rural areas of Senegal.


Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates), Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Miralles Tagliabue), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli), Manuel Aires Mateus (Aires Mateus Architects), Raul Pantaleo (TAM Associati), Mphethi Morojele (MMA Design Studio), Emmanuelle Moureaux (Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design), Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana.


Architects, students, designers and engineers from anywhere in the world in individual participation or with a team with at least 1 member under 35


1st prize: € 5,000 + Internship at Kengo Kuma Associates + Construction
2nd prize: € 2,000 + Internship at Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
3rd prize: € 1,000 + Internship at SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli
Honorable mentions – 5 mentions – 20 finalists – 20 Top 50

All awarded teams will receive a certificate and will be: published in the competition channels, broadcast to over 30 media partners, shared with institutions and published in the official volume.


Non-profit to launch young architectural talents, promote the theme of the competition internationally and support humanitarian projects.5 January 2023

The Kaira Looro 2023 theme will be the design of a Primary School for rural areas of Africa, to protect the rights of education of every child.

In the official website (www.kairalooro.com) there is all information: jury, calendar, awards, faqs, registration form.

The registration will open on 13rd January 2023.

This African architectural competition is open to students and young architects as individual participants or as a team.

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition 2024 information / image received 301223 from Project Earth 2

Previously on e-architect:

Kaira Looro Competition Winners

Kaira Looro 2023 Competition, Africa

Images © Balouosalo

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition 2023 Edition

Kaira Looro 2023 Competition school

Kaira Looro are a non-profit competition, and all proceeds from this design competition will be donated to the development of humanitarian projects aimed at improving the living conditions of poor communities in Africa.

School building designs

Children’s House in Africa – Winners

Architecture Competition to support humanitarian projects in Africa by Balouo Salo Humanitarian Organization

Design by Ziyu Guo from China – the winner of the 2022 edition:
Kaira Looro 2022 Competition winner

Kaira Looro 2022 Competition

The Winners of the 2021 Kaira Looro Competition for a Women’s House in Africa

Kaira Looro 2021 Competition winning entry – project by Juan Pablo Lopez Isabella from Uruguay:
Kaira Looro 2021 Competition winner

Kaira Looro 2021 Competition

Kaira Looro Design Competition 2018 Winners

Firt Place Team: OMONIOALY346 from Italy
Project design by: Giacomo Spanio, Sergiu Cernea, Paolo Reali, Nicola Puppin

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition 1st Prize

Kaira Looro Competition

Location: Senegal, West Africa

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photograph : Francesco Pinton
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image from architects
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photo from architecture office
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Solar Well, Sambacounda village, Senegal, Africa
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picture from architects practice
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African Architecture

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