Requalification of Byrsa Acropolis and Rehabilitation of the Carthage National Museum (2023)

Expertise France, in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Culture and with the support of the European Union, announced the launch of the international one-stage design competition for the Requalification of Byrsa Acropolis and Rehabilitation of the Carthage National Museum in Tunisia on 6 September 2022.

The International Union of Architects (UIA) endorsed this competition as being in accordance with UNESCO’s regulations on international architectural and urban design competitions and the UIA’s best practice recommendations.

View the competition launch press release.

Timetable (revised on 7 October 2022)

  • Launch of competition: 6 September 2022
  • Online briefing for use of PLACE website: 26 October 2022 & 6 December 2022
  • Deadline for submitting questions: 14 October 2022
  • Deadline for responses: 4 November 2022
  • Deadline for submitting electronically registration forms: 2 December 2022 at 12:00 (GMT+1)
  • Deadline for submission of projects (electronic + paper): 23 January 2023
  • Deadline for receipt of the paper version of the projects (sent by post no later than 23 January 2023, as evidenced by the postmark): 13 February 2023
  • Jury session: late February/ early March 2023
  • Announcement of results: March 2023

To access the documents in English: Regulation, programme and appendix

For more information on the project:


A guide to facilitate the use of PLACE is attached to the Competition Regulations (see Annex A02).

Keywords : Culture, Heritage, Reconstruction

Theme and objectives

Carthage is an extensive archaeological site, set on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plain. A metropolis of the Punic civilisation in Africa and capital of the province of Africa in Roman times, Carthage played a central part in antiquity as a great commercial empire.

The archaeological site of Carthage has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The main known components of the site of Carthage are the acropolis of Byrsa, the Punic ports, the Punic tophet, the necropolises, the theatre, the amphitheatre, the circus, the villa quarter, the basilicas, the Antonine baths, the Malaga cisterns and the archaeological reserve.

The competition concerned one of the sites of Carthage, the Acropolis of Byrsa, which includes archaeological excavations, outdoor spaces (square, forum, patio and gardens) and historic buildings dating as far back as 1852 when the Saint-Louis Archaeological Museum was founded on the site.

The project aimed to:

  • Find the best enhancement and revitalisation concept for this archaeological site, in light of its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Find the best architectural, landscape and planning concept for the UNESCO site.
  • Expose the archaeological objects in appropriate spaces defining an innovative museography illustrating the history of one of the largest metropolises in the Mediterranean.
  • Secure functional communication between a national museum, a scientific and research centre, and recreational and cultural facilities.
  • Find the best solutions for access to the site and manage the various flows around it.
  • Set the project within a sustainable and inclusive development approach in response to the major issues at stake in the ecological, energy and environmental transitions.

Key criteria

Projects were ranked by the jury according to the following evaluation criteria:

  • Pertinence of overall concept and ability to strengthen the site’s “UNESCO World Heritage” identity.
  • Respect of environmental quality, natural confort and energy effeciency.
  • Innovation, originality and creativity of the overall proposal.
  • Quality and appropriateness of architectural expression.
  • Quality of the outdoors spaces treatment.
  • Consistency of the functional organisation with the expectations of the program.
  • Quality of the scenographic concept.
  • Feasibility and potential to implement the project regarding the technical and financial constraints.

The order of the criteria listed does not reflect any priority.


This competition was open to architects from all countries having diplomatic relations with Tunisia, constituted in a grouping of architects and landscape architects (

Eligible architects should have been authorised for architectural practice in their respective country of residence or origin. 

Nota bene: teams including a Tunisian architect (registered with the Order of Architects of Tunisia – OAT) in the project team are recommended. 

If the winning project team does not have a Tunisian architect, it must partner with at least one Tunisian architect registered with the Order of Architects of Tunisia. 

Jury Members

  • Alberto Veiga, Architect, Veiga Barozzi, Spain (UIA representative, jury president)
  • Fathy Kouched, Architect, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Tunisia
  • Lamine Hibet, Architect, Tunisia (Order of Architects of Tunisia representative)
  • Gabriela Carrillo, Architect, Taller de arquitectura, Mexico
  • Neil Porter, Landscape architect, Gustavson porter + Bowman, United Kingdom
  • Meriem Chabani, Architect and urban planner, New South, France/Algeria
  • Momoyo Kaijima, Architect, Atelier Bow Wow, Japan

Alternate jurors:

  • Grichka Martinetti, Architect, Atelier png, France (UIA representative)
  • Ammar Khammash, Architect, Khammash Architects, Jordan
  • Nawel Laroui, Landscape architect, Aleaolea, Tunisia/Spain


First prize: German team represented by Thorsten Kock | View the entry
In consortium with Koeberlandschafts Architecture, Grauwald Studio

Second prize: Tunisian-French consortium represented by Sami Aloulou| View the entry
Lead Partner: SEPTEMBRE
In consortium with Arkitektaal, Solstice, Achille Racine, Clémence Lasagna Studio and Luseo Group

Third prize: Tunisian-French consortium represented by Karim Chaabane | View the entry
In consortium with Bassinet Turquin Paysage, NeM / Niney et Marca architectes, Sélim Adhoum, Salah Ksouri, Béchir Riahi

Fourth prize: Tunisian-Mexican-French consortium represented by Sana Frini | View the entry
Lead partner: LOCUS

Fifth prize: Tunisian-Finnish consortium represented by Anis Souissi | View the entry
In consortium with URAM International , Opus ark, Sami Montsaar

The 94 projects submitted to the competition will be exhibited in the former premises of the National Museum of Carthage beginning mid-May 2023. Works are set to begin at the end of 2024 and the opening of the museum is scheduled for 2026.


A total amount of 200,000 euros to be distributed among the authors of the winning projects:

  • 1st prize: EUR 50,000
  • 2nd prize: EUR 45,000
  • 3rd prize: EUR 40,000
  • 4th prize: EUR 35,000
  • 5th prize: EUR 30,000