BONFIRE : International Architectural Competition

Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival and Papa Westray (Papay) are proud to announce First Open International Architectural Competition "BONFIRE" - grassroots celebration of an ancient tradition of Bonfires and new ideas in architecture.

BONFIRE is architectural ideas competition and participants are invited to establish own limits and interpretation of Judges Statement, to present most inspiring, thoughts provoking and innovative architectural design.

Papa Westray (locally known as Papay) is 4 miles long and 1 mile wide and representing all Orkney in miniature: sea cliffs, sandy beaches, green undulating fields. The island has 7000 years of dramatic history of human inhabitation, fragile environment of the present and uncertainty of the future - the world in miniature, where new ideas can arrive and to be presented in greater clarity

At this stage no specific site for design proposals is defined and participants have opportunity and freedom to explore our island (please use Google map for information) and suggest the site, or to focus on the BONFIRE design itself

In global scale we hope the competition will contribute to the debate about tradition and present role of an architect. Also such debate can be important in local scale as an opportunity to address issues of heritage and landscape with a help of most bright and adventurous architectural minds, to give confidence in interaction with an ancient landscape and heritage applying new architectural, technological and philosophical ideas

We are expecting a great variety and quality of architectural ideas to promote through BONFIRE publications and travelling exhibitions; and looking forward to bring the winning BONFIRE design(s) to the completion for February 2014 and our following events

We'd like to say thank to our judges and to everyone who is contributing to the competition      
Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival

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"bonfires are the very blood of Orcadians. The ritual bonfire goes back to the very beginnings of our history and even before."

In days gone by, four times every year, hilltops across Orkney blazed with orange firelight.

Giant bonfires were constructed and lit to commemorate the ancient festivals of Yule, Beltane, Johnsmas (midsummer) and Hallowmas (Halloween).