Frequently Asked Questions

1. Question (Ülenurme): Competition conditions remained a bit unclear about Ülenurme development. There are no row houses planned according to detailplanning. Is it possible to change detail planning and are general planning principles going to be changed? Do you plan to change also plot boundaries? How many houses are planned to the area.

Answer: According to detail planning we could build an apartment building with up to 3 apartments on each of the developed plots in Ülenurme. We see row house (terraced house) as a subcategory of an apartment house (in case it is located in one plot). Accordingly there will be a row house with 3 sections in all three plots. We do not plan to change detail planning.


2. Question (Ülenurme): According to competition conditions there are 3 plots to be developed. Should we take them as one area or should we plan 3 row houses each in one plot? 6 parking places in each plot suggest we should plan 3-4 apartments to each of them. According to detail planning building rights  allow us to plan 1 house and one additional building.


Answer: You should plan one row house with 3 sections (repeatable solution)on each of the three plots.  In addition you should plan an additional building to store bicycles and other necessary items on each plot.


3. Question:

Can you please expand a little bit on the terms and conditions of this competition? Who owns the material after it is submitted? Can it be used for production by prefab companies afterwards without further payment to the architects?


Answer: Our aim is not  take the ownership (moral rights) of submitted ideas. But we will still have the right to publish submitted works, (referring to the authors if possible). After we have the winners selected, there will be negotiation phase with manufacturers and later on hopefully a fruitful collaboration.  If negotiations turn out unsuccessful, we can not use the proposed idea.

Katus.eu, and many manufacturers are willing to publish best works on on their web pages, giving them opportunity to get more interest from real estate developers and other  prefab home manufacturers. 
 
4. Question (Norway, Svertingstad Gård): 
1) Is it obligatory to design a lift in the apartment house as a vertical communication?
2) How detailed should be the underground (parking) level`s plan?

Answer:
1) YES, lift is obligatory in this apartment house. But the extension for stairs and lift is allowed to be max 2,2m outside the building area limits, on the north side. (See Conditions page 8).  

2) The parking level is not a priority in this competition. But as a minimum, the parking area below the apartment house should be shown. Please see also the Conditions page 7: Additional recommendation: the apartment house will stand on the load-bearing walls of the underground parking facility. Therefore it is advisable to plan the load-bearing walls of the apartment house with a step of 5 or 7,5 meters (this means 2 or 3 parking spaces below). 
 
5. Question: Ülenurme
Does each section of the terrace house need to have a separate yard space or should the yard space be one for the whole terrace house?

Answer:
The detail plan does not give any certain directions for this specific question, which means that this can be done either way.

 

6. Question: Ülenurme

Can I design a car shelter (garage) in the plan of each section of the row house? Does each garage need to have 2 parking spaces?

Answer:

Section 4.4 in the detail plan states that the maximum amount of buildings on one plot is 2 (1 main building + 1 ancillary building). If the garage is not a part of the main building and would be built as an ancillary building, there could not be another one, for example a small shelter etc. If the car shelter (garage) would be built as a part of the house, it should be in the shown construction area. We would prefer the plots without garages.

Section 4.6 in the detail plan states that there should be 2 parking spaces for each appartment.

 

7. Question: 

Who gives me a password for the envelopes? Do I need to choose a password and where do I write it?


Answer:

The contest is anonymous. All boards, explanation, and other materials, have to be supplied with a password/keyword (an emblem or combination of numbers is not allowed). You should choose your own password.


8. Question: Ülenurme

I would like to know if the parking areas indicated in the detailed plan are flexible, or compulsory? Can they be reshaped or moved? Also, are the parking sheds, indicated in the competition conditions to be built as additional to the parking places, indicated in the plan, or should they cover the indicated parking area?


Answer: The parking areas indicated in the detailed plan are flexible, they can be reshaped or moved within a reason. The parking areas should not be in conflict with buildings or plots nearby. The parking sheds should cover parking places wherever you plan them. We would prefer the plots without garages.


9. Question: Ülenurme, Estonia  

Could you translate the Master plan indicators in English?


Answer: You could download the translated file here.


10. Question: Norway, Svertingstad Gård
1) In the example projects done in Norway we found that they really care about handicapped people in the design. Do we have to take account of that also in our designs? If yes, what are the most important sizes?

2) What are the fire regulation standards that we have to apply in the planning? We are interested especially in the staircase`s fire safety requisite. 

Answer: 
1) Row houses with accessibility should have a bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom accessible with a wheelchair on the entrance level; the free area for turning the wheelchair should have a diameter of 1500mm. It is required that all 6 units in area BKS7 and all 8 units in area BKS10.1must be accessible. All other units are not required to be accessible.

2) The elevator shaft and staircase of the apartment building should be built in concrete. (It is allowed by Norwegian standards to build staircases in timber as well, but this would require special calculations. The developer of Svertingstad Gård has decided to use concrete.) Detailed fire report with potential additional requirements will be prepared at a later stage of engineering.

11. Question:
  1. There are two competition sites. Can we submit only one work to one of the competition areas?


Answer:

Yes.


12. Question, Ülenurme:

  1. In Ülenurme site, is the language of the proposal also  English?

Answer:

The entries for both sites must be presented in English.


13. Question, Ülenurme:

  1. Room specification calls for 35m² car shelter or unheated shed/storehouse. In case of smaller plots it will not fit into construction or building area. Could we reduce the size of storehouse and place it outside the construction area?

Answer:

Yes, you could reduce the size of the storehouse up to 10m² and place it outside the construction area. Real estate developer would prefer to have 10m² storehouses instead of 35m² as referred to in competition condtitions.

14. Question:
The competition document is unclear in section 8.11 Form of Entry. Do we need to post rigid presentation boards or simply PDF which can be printed at 1000 by 700 or 500 by 350? Also, how many? A4's are also asked for. Which is the principal means of assessment?

Answer:

You need to post rigid presentation boards. The number of boards is not limited, although we suggest not to make too many of them. An explanation (description of architectural solution) should be on A4. 
For assessment criterai please see competition paragraphs 9.5 and 9.6.

15. Question: Do competition entries have to address both section 5 and section 6 or are these 2 separate competition entries which need to be presented as such by competition entrants?

Answer:

Section 5 and section 6 explain conditions of 2 different competition areas and need to be presented as such. Competition entrant can participate in both competition.

16. Question:
Am I correct in saying that the entrant is to stipulate their proposed royalty price for a house typology and if so is this part of the assessment criteria? 

Answer:

The entrant should stipulate their proposed royalty price, whitch will be starting point of negotiations. After we have the winners, there will be negotiation phase with manufacturers and later on hopefully fruitful collaboration. The royalty price for a proposal will not be the assessment criteria. For assessment criteria please see 9.6 of the conditions of prefabricated house contest.

17. Question: 
If winning the contest, there is nothing specifying that: no exclusivity will be required to go further with the project. Would you be able to give me the exact terms of the rights I'll have on my project in any case (winning or not the competition) ? 

Answer: 
Please refer to answer 3. For more specific information please refer to paragraph 10. Activities Following the Contest in the Conditions of Prefabricated House Contest.
  
18. Question: 
If I understood well about the Ülenurme competition, there are 3 plots, and on each plot there has to be 1 row house divided in 3 houses/apartments. What about the other plots? Are they planned to be constructed with other row houses? 

Answer:  
Yes, other plots nearby are planned to be small apartment houses or row houses according to the detail plan. Please see here.

19. Question: 
Could business partners of the competition jury also participate in this competition?

Answer:  
Business partners of the jury and their first-degree relatives are not allowed to participate.

20. Question: 
I understand that Norway site is divided in three parts and competition is aiming "Sor" part, southern one. But there is no explanation for Estonian site, are we planning the whole site plan or just Blue marked area referred as "Planned row houses"? That means the Norway competition program is much more complex as in Estonia we deal only with three different (or similar, same) row houses.
 
Answer:  
On Estonian site you should plan just the blue marked area referred to as "Planned row houses". Norwegian competition program is indeed much more complex. The participant must offer a conceptual solution for all six types of houses – the apartment house and five types of row houses (schemes or visualisations to communicate general idea). The participant must give detailed architectural solutions for at least the apartment house and one of the row house types.

21. Question: 
As it is mentioned in the pdf : "marked “Price” must contain a price offer by an authorised person to make the architectural project of the building (according to the form “price suggestion” or the proposed royalty fee). 1. how much is the royalty fee and how should we pay for that? 2. who can have the qualification to offer the price?
thank you 

Answer:  Royalty fee means the sum you would like to get as an author for the project used repeatedly. It is your decision, however the topic will be discussed in more detail during the negotiation phase. An architect with architectural diploma has qualification to offer the price for architectural part of the project.

22. Question: 
 1) Is it possible to make available an orthography photograph or map intended to plan location at Ülenurme plot and further site images and street view, bird view or aerial photos? (which would be very helpful to realistic presentation 3d images to be included into requested panels) 2) As we understand the competition area comprises 3 plots (plot number 10, 11 and 12) a planned paved road and side walks. Our concern is to understand if:      a) we should chose one of the plots (10, 11 or 12) and we assume that the solution to one plot will be replicated in to the other plots,      b) we have to present 3 different solutions to the 3 different plots and areas (plot#10=1695m²; plot#11=1854m²; plot#12=1943m²) ;     c) or if it is possible propose a wide range proposal as an unique area with the total sum of the plot 10, 11 and 12 areas (and in that case we may not respect the "planned building area" limits)?

Answer: 
1) We only have link to Google Street view. You could also use a material from Estonian Land Board here
2) Proposal a) is correct. You should use one solution to be replaced in three plots. However, proposed houses could differ in architectural details, color etc. You should also respect "planned building area" limits, because developer has no time to go through new detail planning process.

23. Question: 

In case of the apartment house in Svertingstad Gård development area, can we design 2 separate vertical circulation; as in 2 sets of stairs and 2 elevators.


Answer: 
The conditions do not expressly exclude the possibility of using 2 sets of stairs and 2 elevators. However, this solution would have to be clearly motivated by the architect, since it would most likely mean higher construction costs. 

24. Question: 
Are we really expected to post the plots on real boards? wouldn't it be too expensive?

Answer: 
Yes, you should post the plots on real board.

25. Question:
  1. Is the competition for two sites? As such will two different proposals for two different sites have to be developed and presented? If this is the case, what effect does this have on the format of the presentation? Will the submission be two separate presentations for each site?

Answer:
The competition is indeed for two sites. You can  give your proposal on  one or both sites. The submission should be two separate presentations (can still be packaged as one).

  1. 26. Question:
  2. As we understand the brief, the winning entry will be assigned to fully design their scheme until construction. Is this correct?

Answer: This is correct, pleas also refer to question 3.

 27. Question: Are we supposed to change the urbanism of the B1 Sor area, presented in competition documentation examples, or just design wanted house types?  

Answer: The participant must offer a conceptual solution for all six types of houses – the apartment house and five types of row houses (schemes or visualisations to communicate general idea). The participant must give detailed architectural solutions for at least the apartment house and one of the row house types.

28. Question: 
1.the Frequently Asked Questions document mentions Section 4.4 and Section 4.6 of the detail plan. We can not find them. Please advise.

 2. the brief states that 1 main building + 1 ancillary building can be constructed on each plot. Can we assume that the main building consists of 3 attached prefab houses and the ancillary building can be interpreted as 3 attached service structures?

 3.can you please confirm if the 10-35m2 car shelter is something different form the gray parking spaces already designed in the ‘2014-09-04 Sorgsepa Ulitsa principal drawing’ file? 

Answer: 
1.The reason why the Sections 4.4 and 4.6 of the detail plan are not found is that we did not want to overwhelm the competition conditions with too much data. The information relavant in these is  brought out here:

Section 4.4 in the detail plan states that the maximum amount of buildings on one plot is 2 (1 main building + 1 ancillary building). If the garage will not be part of the main building and would be built as an ancillary building, there could not be another one, for example a small shelter etc. If the car shelter (garage) would be built as a part of the house, it should be under the shown construction area. We would prefer the plots without garages.

Section 4.6 in the detail plan only brings out, that there should be 2 parking spaces per each apartment and refers to the principal drawing regarding location.

2. The ancillary buildings can be a part of the apartment, for example if the store-room is outside connected to the apartment itself, then it can be attached separately to each apartment, but if there is a completely separate building form the main building, it has to be one building.
3. The parking spaces are separate. If you plan a garage building or a car shelter, then it has to fit into the construction area. Please observe the answer above regarding the garages (question 6).

29. Question (Svertingstad Gård): 

1.the brief asks for a ‘conceptual solution for all six types of houses’. Do we have to fully respect the building footprint given in the cad file (layer: 03_building) and the requirements (roof type, roof angle, ridge orientation, cornice height, ridge height, roof overhang, bicycle parking, storage, extension, balconies) given in the brief? If so the building volume and position seem rather fixed. Therefore where do we have to concentrate our ‘conceptual solution’, just on the floor plan arrangement and external look?  

2.money wise is it acceptable to have two lifts in the apartment building?

3. what does BRA mean?

4. how many underground parking spaces do we need to provide?

5. the parking seats below the apartment house and also below the BKS8 and BKS9 buildings. Only the apartment building have to be planned with a load-bearing wall pace of 5 or 7.5m?

Answer: 
1. Yes, it is important to follow the given building footprint and other requirements. 
2. Regulation does not forbid two lifts. Cost of building is one of the considerations, but not the only one. 
3. BRA is abbreviation for a Norwegian term "bruksareal", which can be translated as "usable area". X m2 BRA is the area of the floor which lies within the external walls, including internal walls. More explanation is available here in Norwegian, but the illustrations are quite self explanatory: http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arealberegning_av_bygninger
4. It is not required in this competition to submit solution for parking. 
5. Yes

30. Question:
I'm having a hard time understanding the bit about presenting the contest materials and the passwords. Can you please tell me if I'm correct:
 1. I need to present 3 envelopes marked with 'Business card'/ 'Qualification documents'/'Price'. Do I need to write the password on the envelopes?
2. I need to present my drawings, DVDs and explanations in an envelope which is marked with 'Architectural contest of prefabricated standard house'. Do I need to write the password on the envelope or only on the drawings and the other materials?
3. Can the password contain numbers and letters? For example ABC123DEF456? 
Answer:
With the password we protect the anonymity of the contest. For more specific information please refer to paragraph 9.3 Presenting the entries and guaranteeing anonymity.
1. and 2. You should write your password on all materials, including 3 envelopes. The entry to the concept should be presented in a closed package without any outside identification mark except the superscription "Tüüpmaja arhitektuurivõistlus".
3. An emblem or combination of numbers is not allowed. Password should contain letters, but combination of letters and number is also permitted.

31. Question:
According to the answer to the question 16. "The royalty price for a proposal will not be the assessment criteria." Am I correct understanding, that lack of the royalty price in this stage is not taking account as infringement of regulations of the competition? Royalty price will be starating point issue for the winners and can be given after winners are announced?

Answer:
You should enter information about the price of architectural part of design or royalty fee of your proposal in an envelope "price" according to price suggestion. In case of winning the competition, this is the base for further negotiations. However, royalty price at this stage is not the assessment criteria.

32. Question:
I'm not clear on the process for anonymity. I will need to have a return address on the package for international shipping. Is this ok? Also, the "password" I assume is a random word written somewhere on the front of the board that corresponds to what is written on the 3 envelopes- is this correct?
Answer:
You can have your return address on the package. The proposals are opened by qualification committee, who opens the packages and envelopes marked “qualification documents”, preserving the anonymity of the contest. "Password" can be any word, and it must be marked on all boards, explanation text and on all 3 envelopes. "Password" it is needed for the jury to recognize and identify the materials during jury assessment process.

33. Question:
1. By business partners of the jury, who can not participate in the competition, is also meant all the enterprises of "Authors and builders" that can be found on the website of the competition?
2. Could you specify the requirements for architectural diploma? Does this mean the architect must be authorized architect who holds at least by instance level 7 professional qualification in Estonia? Or can it be any person who has graduated from architecture or applied architecture? 
Answer: 
1. By business partners we mean business partners of the jury members and their companies, not business parties of third party companies. As there are no jury members representing katus.eu, it means the business partners of katus.eu can participate in contest.
2. Participant of the competition can be any person who has graduated from architecture or applied architecture. 

34. Question:

For the competition site for Norway, I saw that in BKS8 should have row houses type A and type B2. Type B2 is 6.5x11 m. I thing there is mistake - on the drawing is 6.5x10.

Answer: 

YES, you are right. Type B2 is written as 6.5x11m in the conditions - this is a mistake. Correct is 6.5x10m. Thank you for the correction!


35. Question:

 1) Im from abroad. So every submission must be sent with envelopes or do we have a chance to send them digital on net? 

2) Can i choose any plot? For example, just pos 12 area at Sorgsepa ulitsa?

3) I saw some design samples pdf. Just detailed plans and sections. Will you need conceptual design or detailed projects like in samples? 

Answer:

1) All proposals must be presented in boards and sent enclosed in envelopes as described in conditions. However, you could use a local companies offering plotting service. For instance you could contact Koopia3 OÜ, Priit Kangur mob +372 50 66 879, faks +372 660 4702 priit@koopia3.ee and ask for offer. They are also willing to transport packages to the organisers. Please refer to paragraph 9 (the process of the contest).

2) In Ülenurme case, you should propose your solution for pos 10, pos 11 or pos 12.

3) We need conceptual designs, for details please refer to contest conditions.


35. Question:

1) Can you please confirm if the 10-35m2 car shelter is something different form the gray parking spaces already designed in the ‘2014-09-04 Sorgsepa Ulitsa principal drawing’ file?

2) Can the shower room be intended as a portion of the WC or bathroom or sauna area or should it be intended as a separate room?

3) The parking spaces are separate. If you plan a garage building or a car shelter, then it has to fit into the construction area.

4) The Frequently Asked Questions document mentions Section 4.4 and Section 4.6 of the detail plan. We can not find them. Please advise.

Answers:
1)The parking spaces are separate. If you plan a garage building or a car shelter, then it has to fit into the construction area.

2) Originally we have planned separate WC and bathroom. This actually can be done one way or the other – if the solution for the apartment is very good functional and works well  it doesn´t so much matter if the rooms are separate or joined.    

3) The reason why the Sections 4.4 and 4.6 of the detail plan are not found is that the information relevant in these is brought out:

-   Section 4.4 in the detail plan states that the maximum amount of buildings on one plot is 2 (1 main building +1 ancillary building). If the garage will not be part of the main building and would be built as an ancillary building, there could not be another one, for example a small shelter etc. If the car shelter (garage) would be built as a part of the house, it should be under the shown construction area. We would prefer the plots without garages.

-   Section 4.6 in the detail plan only brings out, that there should be 2 parking spaces per each apartment and refers to the principal drawing regarding location.


36. Question: It is stated in the room specification that neto surface of the terrace house should be 90-120 m2. I am assuming that doesn’t include the stair area and if it does, is it counted on one or both levels? Can you perhaps provide us with a definition of neto surface in Estonia. How strict is this 120m2 limit?

Answer:The closed neto area in Estonia is the sum of the areas of rooms inside the constructions of finished rooms. The balconies, window and door openings or constructions are not counted inside the neto area.

The stair opening is not counted inside the neto area. The area under the stair on first floor is counted inside the neto area.

 Regarding 120 m2 limit, we wouldn´t want to exceed it.


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