Competition Brief + Submission Req's:

*** updated: July 19, 2019 ***

Q1. All we need to submit is the horizontal A1 panel in digital version, no other document in needed, is it correct?

A1. The competition submission will consist of a single digital panel: (1) A1 sized panel (84,1 cm x 59,4 cm), Landscape / Horizontal layout. 

For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Submission Requirements.

Q2. Will the file size of 5 Megabytes minimize the quality on an A1 paper with a 300 dpi?

A2. The competition submission will consist of a single digital panel: (1) A1 sized panel (84,1 cm x 59,4 cm), Landscape / Horizontal layout. The file type / size is: JPG (RGB Color) is 5 Megabytes (maximum). Recommended 300 dpi resolution. The JPG file may be compressed to a ZIP file format. This file type / size ensures a good quality of the digital panel.

For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Submission Requirements.

Q3. Is it possible to submit a digital file with more than 5 Megabytes?

A3. The file type / size is: JPG (RGB Color) with 5 Megabytes (maximum). Recommended 300 dpi resolution. The JPG file may be compressed to a ZIP file format. This file type / size ensures a good quality of the digital panel.

For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Submission Requirements.

Q4. As an ideas competition can we disregard the program?

A4. The program should not be disregarded; however, depending on the design proposal, teams may reinterpret the program description.

For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q5. Can the intervention be outside of the intervention area?

A5. Depending on the design proposal, teams may contemplate the possibility of intervening and extending outside the intervention area. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.

For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q6. Should we be familiar with the building regulations in Portugal?

A6. No, this is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.

For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q7. Should we take into consideration handicap accessibility?

A7. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal.

For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q8. For visualizations, is it necessary to make renders or can I present hand-sketches?

A8. Yes, hand sketches can be presented. Graphic layout including text, drawings and renderings are to be determined by each team.

For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Submission Requirements.

Q9. Is it possible to increase / alter the square meters of the Site Cloister spaces described in the program?

A9. Yes, the area of the Site Cloister spaces may be increased / altered according to the design proposal. Total area of the Site Cloister to be determined by each participant’s proposal. This is strictly an ideas competition, an academic exercise and will not be built. Urban planning and building regulations will not be applied to the design proposal. It is essential however, that each proposal emphasises, respects and celebrates the site within this remarkable place.

For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q10. Does the word “cloister” refer to the very specific architecture typology of a quadrilateral space, surrounded by covered walkways or is it to be interpreted in a different way by each of the competitors?

A10. No, the participants may explore and reinterpret the concept of a ‘cloister’.

The Site Cloister aims to create a museological path to enhance the historical significance and contemplative nature of the ‘Aldeia da Mata’ dolmen. It is an intimate and secluded place between the natural landscape and the ‘inner courtyard’ where the megalithic monument becomes a powerful scenery. A sequence of spaces, above and / or below ground, welcome visitors and provide shade while stimulating movement between open-air and / or enclosed spaces and outdoor environments.

Q11. Could you define the “inner courtyard”? Should it be surrounded and enclosed by all faces?

A11. No, the participants may explore and reinterpret the concept of an ‘inner courtyard’.

The ‘inner courtyard’ is to be perceived as an open-air exhibition space, an intimate and secluded space to enhance the contemplative nature of the Megalithic dolmen and the experience of the place; a water feature might be contemplated in the design.

Q12. Could you clarify if the dolmen has to be enclosed in the “inner courtyard” ?

A12. No. The ‘inner courtyard’ is to be perceived as an open-air exhibition space, an intimate and secluded space to enhance the contemplative nature of the Megalithic dolmen and the experience of the place; a water feature might be contemplated in the design.

Registration Process + Payments:

*** updated: July 19, 2019 ***

Q1. Is this architecture competition open to students?

A1. Yes, the competition is open to all architecture students (undergraduate, graduate, master, PhD, etc.), young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies, all must be ≤ 40 years old. Each team may be composed of 1 up to 4 team members and may include multidisciplinary members (landscape architects, urban designers, artists, etc) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect. All members of the team must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline.

For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.

Q2. Can we change the team members after the registration period?

A2. No, the team can not change the list of team members nor the team leader after submitting the online registration form and completing the payment process.

Q3. I am now 39 years old, but at the Submission Deadline I will be 40. Can I still participate in the competition?

A3. Yes. All members of the team must be 40 years old or younger on the date of the Submission Deadline.

Q4. We are very interested in participating in the current competition and are wondering if it is necessary to register before making the online payment?

A4. Yes. As stated in the registration process, we ask that the Registration Form is submitted in Step 1, prior to making the Payment in Step 2.

Q5. I am 40 years old now, but soon I will be 41, can I register for the Site Cloister competition?

A5. The competition is open to all architecture students (undergraduate, graduate, master, PhD, etc.), young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies, all must be ≤ 40 years old. Each team may be composed of 1 up to 4 team members and may include multidisciplinary members (landscape architects, urban designers, artists, etc) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect. All members of the team must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline.

For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility.

Q6. Is this architectural competition open to Landscape Architects and Urban Designers?

A6. The competition is open to all architecture students (undergraduate, graduate, master, PhD, etc.), young architects and young professionals with a degree in architecture studies, all must be ≤ 40 years old. Each team may be composed of 1 up to 4 team members and may include multidisciplinary members (landscape architects, urban designers, artists, etc) as long as a single architecture student, young architect or young professional with a degree in architecture studies is part of the team. It is not mandatory to be a registered architect. All members of the team must be ≤ 40 years old on the date of the submission deadline.

For more information, please see Competition Brief _ Eligibility

Q7. Can I make the payment first and submit the registration form at a later date?

A7. As stated in the Competition Brief_ Registration Process, the Registration Form (step 1) is submitted prior to making the Payment (step 2) and the team leader should email a copy of the transaction receipt to submission@arkxsite.com as proof of payment (step 3).

For more information, please refer to the Registration Process page.