Competition Brief + Submission Req's:

*** last update: December 28, 2018

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. Is this competition for an ephemeral or permanent construction?

A4. 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.

Q5. Nothing is said about the number of birds that live there and that probably nest on the island. Any new structure can do ecological damage: should this be contemplated on the design proposals?

A5. No additional documentation regarding the Pessegueiro Island is available. All graphic documentation that is available and required to develop the design proposal for an ideas competition are posted on the ArkxSite website. 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. I am interested in taking part in the international ideas competition for the Site Chapel. I downloaded the autocad files and I cannot understand where we should place our chapel. Should we design near the number 1 area or can it be placed anywhere on the Pessegueiro Island? For example, could it be placed in the middle of the island, near the ruins or even near the rocks?

A6. The competition intervention area is on the Pessegueiro Island; the existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Chapel design proposal. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the limits of the Pessegueiro Island. 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.

Q7. I would like to ask about the location of the intervention area whether it could be anywhere around the island for example in the sea or it has to be around the region of number 1 marked in the autocad file?

A7. The competition intervention area is on the Pessegueiro Island; the existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Chapel design proposal. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the limits of the Pessegueiro Island. 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.

Q8. Is there more information about the Fort of 'Santo Alberto'? Such as the height, the dimension of the openings of the windows, etc.

A8. No additional documentation regarding the Fort of 'Santo Alberto' is available. All graphic documentation that is available and required to develop the design proposal for an ideas competition are posted on the ArkxSite website. 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.

Q9. Should a chapel be located on top of the island, where the number 1 is placed or can we design it on the whole width of the island, for example by the coast?

A9. The competition intervention area is on the Pessegueiro Island; the existing ruins may or may not be included within the Site Chapel design proposal. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the limits of the Pessegueiro Island. 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.

Q10. I would like to know if you have more photos of the place at Ilha do pessegueiro? We want to participate in this competititon, but the place that we want to work at does not have enough photos. What can we do?

A10. No additional documentation regarding the Pessegueiro Island is available. All graphic documentation that is available and required to develop the design proposal for an ideas competition are posted on the ArkxSite website. 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.

Q11. I noticed the suggested area was about 60 square meters for the building; however does it means that I only have to design the chapel, or can I use the 60 square meters for it and then develop an idea for the surrounding area and exceed the limit?

A11. The program does not include landscape / exterior requirements; however, depending on the design proposal, teams may reinterpret the program description. The area of the Site Chapel spaces may be increased / altered according to the design proposal. Total area of the Site Chapel 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.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q12. Instead of being a building with an entrance and the "main hall", could I rethink the "idea" of the chapel in a complete different way? like an open labyrinth and, if that's possible, could I exceed the suggested limit of 60 square meters to create a better project?

A12. Depending on the design proposal, the distribution of the program is to be determined by each participant’s design proposal. The area of the Site Chapel spaces may be increased / altered according to the design proposal. Total area of the Site Chapel 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.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q13. I have a question about the connection island-mainland. Can we connect the area with the coastline or should it remain separated?

A13. There are no limitations in height, excavation or extension beyond the limits of the Pessegueiro Island. Depending on the design proposal, teams may contemplate the possibility of intervening and extending outside of 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.

Q14. We have a doubt regarding the square meters destined to the idea to be developed. In the competition brief it says, between 40 and 60 m2, our doubt is whether that involves the possible roads or paths whether covered or uncovered that are part of the idea.

A14. The program does not include landscape / exterior requirements; however, depending on the design proposal, teams may reinterpret the program description. The area of the Site Chapel spaces may be increased / altered according to the design proposal. Total area of the Site Chapel 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.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q15. As an ideas competition can we disregard the program?

A15. 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.

Q16. Can the intervention be outside of the intervention area?

A16. 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.

Q17. Should we be familiar with the building regulations in Portugal?

A17. 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.

Q18. Is it possible to increase / decrease the square meters of the Site Chapel spaces described on the program?

A18. Yes, the area of the Site Chapel spaces may be increased / altered according to the design proposal. Total area of the Site Chapel 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 / spectacular landscape / place.
For more information, please refer to the Competition Brief _ Evaluation Process.

Q19. Should we take into consideration handicap accessibility?

A19. 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.

Q20. For visualizations, is it necessary to make renders or can I present hand-sketches?

A20. 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.

Registration Process + Payment Methods:

*** last update: December 28, 2018

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, so can I apply for the Site Chapel 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. Hi, we are a team of 4 members and are very interested in participating in the current competition and are wondering if it is necessary to register before making the online payment?

A7. 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.