With CABEI support, architects to submit designs for the creation of a visitor center on San Lucas Island in Costa Rica


The competition for members of the Federated College of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) was launched this Tuesday.

San José, July 14, 2021.- The space on the high seas, which three decades ago ceased to function as a prison, will become a meeting place for national and international tourists with the support of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), which is the sponsor of the Preliminary Architectural Design Competition for the Visitor's Center in San Lucas Island National Park, announced on Tuesday.

The initiative seeks to encourage architecture professionals who are members of the Costa Rican Association of Engineers and Architects (CFIA) to present innovative, creative, functional, and environmentally friendly proposals for the design of the new Center. CABEI's cooperation will be used to cover the competition's operating costs and to make the awards ceremony in November.

"For CABEI, it is of great importance to cooperate with initiatives such as this one that are in line with our strategic axis of environmental and social sustainability, through which we seek to promote social ownership by addressing the need to preserve the environment. Undoubtedly, San Lucas Island has great potential to attract tourism and boost the economy," explained CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

The competition was organized through the Office of the First Lady of the Republic, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), the Environment and Energy Ministry (MINAE) and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), in coordination with the Engineers and Architects Federated College (CFIA) and the Costa Rican College of Architects (CACR).

San Lucas Island is part of the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica and, in August 2020, was declared the country's 30th national park. Between 1873 and 1991 it served as a prison for criminals considered dangerous. Several literary works were written about the island as a setting, among the best known "La isla de los hombres solos" and "La Ventana".