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FAQ - REGISTRATION AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Question 1a: Do all the members of a temporary group have to have earned their degrees after 31 January 2008 and/or have been enrolled on that cutoff date?
Reply 1a: Yes, all the members have to have been students on or have graduated after 31 January 2008.

Question 1b: Can professionals who graduated before that date enter the competition? Does the group leader have to have graduated after 31 January 2008?
Reply 1b: Graduates who completed their degrees before 31 January 2008 are barred from entering either individually or in a group.

Question 1c: Do entrants have to have earned their credentials as engineers or architects and/or be members of a professional order of engineers or architects?
Reply 1c: Membership of a professional order is not a prerequisite for entering the competition, since students are also allowed to compete.

Question 1d: I am a graduate student of architecture. I graduated in December 2012 and I will begin my PhD in Fall 2013. I wanted to know if I am eligible to participate in this competition or not?
Question 1e: I'm doing my third year in Architecture school. Next year I'm going to get my Bachelor’s degree. So my question is that: Am I eligible to participate ?
Question 1f: I completed a three-year university course in architecture and graduated in 2011; can I enter the competition?

Replies 1d, 1e and 1f: The competition is open to all students who were enrolled at university (architecture, engineering or industrial design) on 31 January 2013 or who graduated after 31 January 2008.

Question 1g: I  obtained my diploma as an architect in 2002. Does that mean I can't participate?
Reply 1g: No, you can’t participate.

Question 1h: Can urban planning students or master student participate to the competition as individual registrants?
Reply 1h: Urban planning students may enter as either individuals or in a group, provided they can show evidence of being enrolled on 31 January 2013. Students attending a masters course may participate either individually or in a group, provided they were awarded their Masters after 31 January 2008.

Question 1i: Is It an Individual Competition or Can we register As a Team?
Reply 1i: Entrants may register individually or as part of a temporary group.

Question 1j: Do groups have to be comprised of recent graduates and professionals, or can recent graduates working for companies or enterprises also join a group?
Reply 1j: Members of temporary groups may include students who were enrolled at university on 31 January 2013 or recent graduates who earned their degree after 31 January 2008. Companies or enterprises are barred from competing.

Question 1k: I want to participate in the competition and I'm not sure about how to participate. Do I have to write my information and send an E-mail to the address written on the competition announcement?
Question 1l: How can we register in the competition?
Question 1m: When should the REGISTRATION FORM be sent to the competition office?

Replies 1k, 1l and 1m: Register by going to www.instanthouse.it and filling in the form online. Entries must be received by no later than 12 noon on 3 June 2013

Question 1n:  I read the registration section and it says that participants have to present their entries to a jury. Does that mean the participant has to go to Milan?
Reply 1n: No. Entrants are NOT REQUIRED to travel to Milan.

Question 1o:  In the announcement of the competition, it says that degrees must have been earned after 31 January 2008. Does this count only for the diploma or is it accepted if any (last) degree is achieved in that period (e.g. a master’s degree)? For example, if the diploma of architecture has been earned in 2007 and a master’s in architecture has been earned in 2009, does this meet the requirements?
Reply 1o: Entrants may only participate if they graduated after 31 January 2008. Anyone who graduated before 31 January 2008 will not be admitted to the competition. Consequently, if you earned a degree in architecture in 2007 and a masters in architecture in 2009, you are not eligible to participate in the competition.

Question 1p: Regarding eligibility - Competition terms and conditions: could the 'graduates' be professionals who are practicing architecture, engineering and industrial design? Or does it refer to recent graduates in those fields?
Reply 1p: professional architects, engineers or designers who graduated after 31 January 2008 can participate in the competition.

Question 1q: Can I use Sketchup, i.e. a building modelling software?
Reply 1q: It is entirely up to the contestants to decide on their graphic representations. Therefore they can also choose whatever software they want to use.

Question 1r: When will the names of the jury members be announced?
Reply 1r: To ensure the utmost fairness, transparency and confidentiality, the names of the jury members will be announced only after the results have been publicly disclosed and the entries have been published.

FAQ – AVAILABLE MATERIALS

Question 2a:  Will you also be providing photos of the site to be developed?
Question 2b: Entries also have to include photos of the chosen site. I wonder if it is absolutely essential for the designer or the designer’s representative to actually visit the site and take photos of the area where the building is to be constructed, or if the organisers can supply views of the site.
Reply 2a, 2b: Photos of the site can be downloaded from www.instanthouse.it.  There is no need for the designer to visit the site personally.

Question 2c:  Please send information about winds, snow loads, temperature records and the normals, trajectory and angle of the sun of the proposed site.
Reply 2c:  All relevant details can be found in the competition announcement. It is up to the designer to retrieve any other information deemed useful for completing the project.

Question 2d: I would like to know the scale of your CAD drawing.
Reply 2d: The scale of the CAD drawing is 1 unit=1 metre.

Question 2e: Is it possible to get the detailed requirements of the competition in English?
Reply 2e: All relevant details can be found in the competition announcement, which is also available in English on the website www.instanthouse.it.

FAQ – SUBMISSIONS

Question 3a: Are there any limits on size, number of pages, diagrammes, etc.? And can I submit an architectural video together with the jpeg file?
Reply 3a: Please refer to point 11 – Documents and submissions – of the competition announcement. Only submissions that comply with the required criteria will be accepted. Videos will therefore not be accepted.

Question 3b: Should A3 tables be in jpg or pdf format?
Reply 3b: Graphics contained in four A3 horizontal tables must be submitted in .jpg format, maximum 1280 pixel width for publication on the website.
High-resolution files may be uploaded to a single .zip file (max. 10 MB).

Question 3c: What is the ‘PROJECT TITLE’? Is it the name of the project?
Question 3c: Yes

Question 3d: It is my understanding that the competition is an architecture competition: does this mean that the winning proposal will be built in the future?
Reply 3d: The competition organisers intend to build a full-scale prototype of the project if its architectural originality, construction technique and economic value are of particular interest to the manufacturers.

Question 3e: For the final plans, no scale is indicated: does this mean the scale is the personal choice of the designer or do the organisers prefer a specific scale?
Question 3f:  Should the drawings (plans, elevations, etc.) be in a specific scale, or is it up to us to decide?
Reply 3e, 3f: The scale is up to the designer to decide.

Question 3h: Do I have to send the proposed design by mail?
Reply 3h: No. Entries can only be made ON-LINE at the website www.instanthouse.it; please refer to point 11 – “Documents and submissions” – of the competition announcement.

Question 3i: Do you want the design idea in sketch format? Or very detailed on both the architectural and constructional side, for example, AutoCAD drawing 3D rendering?
Reply 3i: It is entirely up to the contestants to decide on their graphic representations.

Question 3j:  Should 3D pictures and photos be embedded in the tables or in a separate document, like the concept?
Reply 3j: 3D pictures and photos should be embedded in the 4 x A3 horizontal tables.  They may also be included in the A5 format presentation document, if they help to explain the design strategy.

Question 3k:  We are not sure about the deadline for enrollment: on the Bando it's written April 29th, however on the official site www.instanthouse.it, it says Le iscrizioni all'edizione 2013 del Concorso Instant House apriranno a maggio; so how should we enroll and, besides the form to be filled in, what else should we provide?
Reply 3k: Entries must be received BY NO LATER THAN 12 NOON ON 3 JUNE 2013, as stated in the competition announcement and also on the website. Besides the enrolment form, the documents to be submitted are indicated under point 11 – “Documents and submissions” – of the competition announcement.

Question 3l: On what basis will the project proposal be analysed ?)
Reply 3l: Entries will be judged based on how successfully they meet the design criteria and aims indicated in the competition announcement.

Question 3m: What approach should be used for the competition? That of an Architect, Landscape Architect, or Structural Designer?
Reply 3m: The competition is open to students and recent graduates in Architecture, Engineering and Industrial Design (Italian and non-Italian) fulfilling the requirements listed in the announcement. Therefore, architects, landscape architects, and structural designers who graduated after 31 January 2008 can participate in the competition.

FAQ – IMAGE OF DESIGN CONCEPT

Question 4a: Can picture nr. 1, i.e. ‘design concept’, include both pictures of the design as well as significant and expressive pictures of the design concept?
Question 4b: What do the organisers mean by 'icon image’ to help identify the design concept? What has to be depicted and submitted?

Replies 4a, 4b: The ‘icon image’ must portray the design concept; it must be a picture that clearly shows the main idea driving the project. Designers can use whatever technique they wish for this picture.

FAQ – PROJECT SITE/DESIGN AREA

Question 5a: Must designs be limited to the construction site or can they also include solids and voids in the outlying neighbourhood?
Reply 5a: Designs must remain within the perimeter of the site.

Question 5b: Isn’t it necessary to fence in the site for security reasons and to prevent unauthorised entry?
Question 5c: Is it compulsory to include a fence so that the interiors of the kindergarten are not in view (like the current hedge?

Replies 5b, 5c: The children attending the kindergarten must be adequately protected. It is up to the designer to consider this limitation as a filter and possibly also a visual link between the school and the neighbourhood.

Question 5d: There are other schools located in the area that are similar to the one in the competition (serial project). Does that mean that the competition is to come up with a model that will definitely be replicated a short distance away?
Reply 5d: The design may indeed be highly modular and standardised. However, the design must meet the needs of the specific location (i.e. fit the neighbourhood, surrounding buildings, orientation, etc.). 

Question 5e: How far back should the construction be from the edge of the site?
Reply 5e: There are no particular restrictions in this regard. It is up to the designer to decide where to position the building with respect to the site; factors may include accessibility, open spaces and surrounding buildings.

FAQ – EXISTING BUILDING

Question 6a: I am curious about whether the existing building on the site will be demolished for the new school or must it be kept?
Question 6b: Should we demolish the existing building or propose a new instant structure beside?
Replies 6a, 6b: The existing building WILL BE DEMOLISHED and should not be included in the design proposal.

FAQ – GREEN AREAS/OPEN SPACES

Question 7a: The competition announcement says that the space outside the site should also be designed; exactly what space does that refer to? Is it possible to have an indication, for example in the .dwg file, of the space that can be designed outside the site?
Reply 7a: The external space is the 3,350 sq m area not occupied by the building, i.e. the site (4,000 sq m) less the building (650 sq m). The design area is the space included within the perimeter indicated in the plan. 

Question 7b: With regard to the areas outside the site, does this refer to a specific space or is it up to the designer's discretion?
Reply 7b: ‘Areas outside the property’ means areas outside the building to be designed (i.e. green areas, playgrounds, gardens, etc.). The design area is the space included within the perimeter indicated in the plan.

Question 7c: Is the green area belonging to each section included in the 300 sq m allocated to the three sections?
Question 7d: Are the green areas allocated to each section included in these 300 sq m?

Replies 7c, 7d: No, the green areas are not included in the gross floor area, and are therefore not included in the 300 sq m indicated; nor are they included in the 650 sq m total gross floor area.

Question 7e: I would like to know if the 300 sq m gross floor area occupied by the three sections also includes the green area for each individual section; if not, is the size of green area up to the designer’s discretion?
Reply 7e: The 300 sq m gross floor area occupied by the three sections DOES NOT INCLUDE the green area relative to each individual section; the size of the green areas is up to the designer.

Question 7f: Does the design of the external space also include a driveway for loading/unloading operations?
Reply 7f: The design must also include a driveway to access the building for loading/unloading and for emergencies.

Question 7g: Do the green areas for each of the three sections have to be separate/isolated/fenced in, or can there be a single space accommodating all 90 children?
Reply 7g: Each section has to have its own separate green area.

Question 7h: Can the green areas merge seamlessly into the 4,000 sq m total plot area in a common space, but with an indication of the size of each of the green areas belonging to the three sections?
Reply 7h: The designer may decide whether or not to include separations of some kind in the areas outside the building. The various areas (green areas belonging to the three sections, gardens, etc.) must be separate and clearly marked so that the children can easily recognise them. It is up to the designer to decide how to separate the areas.

Question 7i: What do you mean by ‘relevant green area/garden’? What features do they need to have?
Reply 7i: The ‘relevant green areas’ are described in the paragraph entitled “Open spaces” under point 3 - “Theme and specific aims of the competition” - of the competition announcement. The green areas should be regarded as open-air classrooms.

Question 7j: Is the green area relevant to one section out of bounds to children from the other two sections?
Reply 7j: The green area relevant to each section is accessible only to the children in that section; it should be clearly marked so that the children belonging to the section can easily recognise it. It is up to the designer to decide how to delineate the areas and whether or not to include physical separations.

Question 7k: What is meant exactly by ‘green areas’? What functions are they supposed to accommodate? How can they be distinguished from the other open areas?
Reply 7k: The green areas relevant to the three sections should be regarded as open-air classrooms directly adjoining the indoor spaces of the buildings they refer to (i.e. the sections). They are distinguishable from the other green areas because they are semi-private, i.e. each green area belongs to its own section, whilst the other outdoor areas are common areas.

Question 7l: With regard to the 4,000 sq m design area, the competition announcement mentions outdoor furniture. Would it be possible to restrict the use of the outdoor furniture exclusively to the children, teachers and parents, or must it also be accessible to the public, with only the 650 sq m gross floor area limited to the users of the kindergarten?
Reply 7l: The 650 sq m gross floor area refers to the building, and does not include any open space.  It is up to the designer to decide how to organise the remaining 3,350 sq m of the site. The 4,000 sq m design area belongs to the kindergarten.

Question 7m: Is the landscape to be kept intact or will that be demolished with the building? Is that a choice left up to the designer?
Reply 7m: The existing landscaping is to be DEMOLISHED.

Question 7n: Each section has its own small green area; is the rest of the site (the total area less the 650 sq m to be designed) to be used as a collective playground?
Reply 7n: Each section has its own green area (not included in the 300 sq m gross floor area); it is up to the designer to organise and define the rest of the open area of the site.

Question 7o: Is all of the remaining area (4,000 sq m minus 650 sq m) to be used as an outdoor green area (garden, common play area)? Can designers decide to use the area however they want, provided they do not add any constructions?
Reply 7o: The open area (4,000 sq m – 650 sq m – 3,350 sq m) must house the green area belonging to each section (size to be decided by the designer) and the collective green area (garden, open space, common playground, etc.).

FAQ – PARKING AREAS

Question 8a: Should there be a certain number of public/private parking spaces outside the site?
Question 8b: The competition announcement does not mention parking. Are there any specific requirements in this regard? Should we consider parking areas?

Replies 8a, 8b: The competition does not require the design to include parking spaces. It is up to the designer to decide whether to include parking or not.

FAQ – ENTRANCES/ACCESS

Question 9a: Should we retain the existing entrances?
Reply 9a: Since the existing building is to be demolished there is no need to retain the existing entrances.

Question 9b: I would be grateful for clarifications regarding the possibility of modifying vehicular and pedestrian access to the area, and consequently of modifying the existing footpath and entrance to the property.
Reply 9b: Access to the site may be modified.

Question 9c: Does the main entrance to the building have to be from Via Ugo Betti (i.e. where it is now)?
Reply 9c: The main entrance may be moved from its current position; the decision is up to the designer.

Question 9d: How many entrances can there be to the design area?
Reply 9d: There is generally one main entrance, but there may also be a second service entrance. It is, however, up to the designer to decide on the position and number of entrances.

Question 9e: I would like to know if the 650 sq m gross floor area also includes the space for accessing the various areas, if the surface area has to be deducted from the space defined in the competition announcement. Conversely, what is the maximum area that can be utilised?
Reply 9e: The entrance area, i.e. the foyer, is a common area that should be included in the 200 sq m (of the total 650 sq m) indicated in the announcement.

FAQ – FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMME

Question 10a: The functional programme envisaged by the competition does not include any of the functions required by law for kindergartens (e.g. the Italian Ministerial Decree dated 18.12.1975 calling for a space to house special activities does not apply to the competition). In general, the aforementioned Decree requires that each 30-child section should measure132 sq m, while the competition states 100 sq m. In order for the project to comply with the relevant legal, technical and functional requirements, is it possible to modify the size of the areas situated within the maximum 650 sq m?
Reply 10a: The basic functions to be included are those indicated in the competition announcement; the designer may include other functions, provided they do not exceed the maximum gross floor area of 650 sq m.  A variation of +/- 5% with respect to this area is acceptable.

Question 10b: Is there a separate rest area for each section, or is there only one shared rest area? Can the rest areas be set apart from the common areas and be considered as three spaces, one for each section?
Reply 10b: Rest areas are indicated as common spaces and are not included among the functions of the section.

Question 10c: Can the activity areas to be used by individual children or small groups (for psychomotor skills, speech therapy, support activities, etc.) be regarded generally as a gym?
Reply 10c: The activities area for individual children or small groups is not a gym proper, but could well resemble one.

Question 10d: What kind of activities are to be carried out in the children and parents space?
Reply 10d: The children and parents space should be regarded as a “filter” where parents can leave their children and also enjoy some activities with them.

Question 10e: Should the 650 sq m gross floor area also include corridors, lobbies and various linkages to classrooms? If so, should they be counted as common areas?
Reply 10e: The 650 sq m gross floor area also includes service spaces (corridors, lobbies etc.). Service spaces pertain to the sections, the common areas and the utility rooms.  Their proportions are up to the designer and depend on the choices and style of the project.

Question 10f: I would like some clarifications about the dimensions of each section: are the 300 sq m the total area of all three sections, or does each individual section cover 300 sq m?
Reply 10f: Each section covers 100 sq m.

Question 10g: I am writing for clarifications about the specific dimensions of the locales described in the competition announcement, particularly those defined as common areas and utility rooms; I am not entirely sure about how to divide up the total gross floor area into each category.
Reply 10g: The functional programme is divided into three categories: 3 sections (300 sq m), common areas (200 sq m) and utility rooms (150 sq m). These three categories add up to the total gross floor area:  300 sq m + 200 sq m + 150 sq m = 650 sq m total gross floor area.

Question 10h: Generally speaking, when local councils announce competitions such as these, certain town planning requirements must be complied with, i.e. parking areas or a driveway where children can be dropped off quickly. Is this a requirement here too? Would compliance be appreciated or deemed irrelevant (the competition announcement seems to focus squarely on the children and the quality of the space provided for them, with less attention to services on a more general level).
Reply 10h: The “drive way” is not an express requirement of the competition announcement. Designers may choose whether or not to include one.

Question 10i: Does the canteen have to be large enough to accommodate all the children in one sitting, half of them in two sittings or three groups in three separate sittings (i.e. one per section), or is it up to the designer and the innovative nature of the programme?
Reply 10i: It is entirely up to the designer to decide on the size of the canteen.

Question 10j: Does the canteen also have to be a multi-purpose/play area or could there be two separate rooms?
Reply 10j: The competition announcement calls for the canteen to be included in the multi-purpose area.

Question 10k: Should the designer include a fully equipped, fully functional kitchen, or can the solution envisage school meals being catered by third parties and brought in?
Reply 10k: That decision is up to the designer.

Question 10l: On page one of the Agnelli Foundation excerpt it says that attending crèche is crucial for the child’s learning process. Has a crèche been included in the structure (obviously set apart, or with only some shared areas)? Could a crèche be included?
Reply 10l: The competition does not call for a crèche, since the structure is for children aged 3-6.

Question 10m: According to the Ministerial Decree issued on 18 December 1975 on “Amended technical regulations concerning school buildings”, the minimum dimensions for each section are di 210 sq m/section or 7 sq m/child.
Question 10n: With regard to dimensions, should we comply with the requirements laid down by the Ministerial Decree dated 18/12/1975?

Reply 10m, 10n: The dimensions to be complied with are those indicated in the competition announcement.

Question 10o: I am writing to ask for clarifications about the functions indicated in the competition announcement for the individual sections of the kindergarten. Should the toilets relative to each individual section be split into Boys and Girls?
Reply 10o: There is no need to split the toilets for each section into Boys and Girls.

Question 10p: The competition announcement asks contestants to design three sections, each comprised of three classrooms, making for a total of 9 classrooms, each accommodating 10 children, therefore a total of 90 children. Is my interpretation correct or should there be three classrooms altogether, each one accommodating 30 children?
Question 10q: The competition announcement asks for three sections, each one comprised of three classrooms, bathrooms/changing rooms, utility room and a garden or green area for each section. I have the following  query: is the total number of classrooms nine (3 classrooms per 3 sections) or three?
Question 10r: I imagine that the kindergarten is divided into three sections to group together children in three age groups. What about the three classrooms allocated to each section: should they accommodate specific functions?
Question 10s: By three sections comprised of three classrooms do you mean three classrooms to hold 10 children each, or are the three sections the same as the three classrooms, thus each one is for 30 children? Do the three sections correspond to the three age groups?
Question 10t: 3 sections each one with 3 classrooms a bathroom, utility room and garden - totaling 300 sq m. So in all - 9 classrooms with about 10 children each. Meaning each classroom will be quite small - about 20-30 sq m?)
Question 10u: Under the heading “Functions”, it says: “The Kindergarten is comprised of three sections, to accommodate around 90 children. The gross floor area covers 650 sq m and consists of: three sections, each housing: -three classrooms, -bathrooms/changing rooms, -utility room, -a garden for each individual section (…) Following the previous paragraphs outlining the theme and underlining the importance of the classrooms, ‘laboratory’ (indoor and outdoor) and play areas, I would like to know if each individual designer has to decide whether the sections (and therefore classrooms) should be divided by age groups or rather by functional criteria?
Reply 10p, 10q, 10r, 10s, 10t: Each individual section is self-sufficient and independent of the others; it is the heart of the school. Each section must measure 100 sq m.  Each section should be comprised of three classrooms for children belonging to three different age groups, from the youngest to the oldest. The classrooms should therefore be regarded as flexible areas within the section, separated by mobile or lightweight partitions, such as sliding doors/walls, bookcases, design elements etc.  The classrooms do not necessarily have to be physical spaces separated from the rest; they will reflect how the section is arranged and/or organised.
Each section must also include toilets/changing rooms, a utility room, and an outdoor green area or garden: The surface area of the garden/green area is not included in the gross floor area and therefore IS NOT INCLUDED in the 300 sq m indicated in the announcement.
It is up to the designer to decide whether to arrange the three sections so as to have one for each age group (one for the first-year children, one for the second-year children and one for the older third-year children). Alternatively, designers may wish to allocate three areas within each individual section to all three groups of children so that each section houses three age groups.

Question 10u: What is the minimum number of beds to be provided, and what size should they be?
Reply 10u: It is up to the designer to decide on how many beds and what size they should be.

Question 10v: If enlargements were decided would that mean just adding more sections, or enlarging the other areas as well?
Reply 10v: Future enlargements would entail adding more sections and proportionally more common areas and utility spaces.

Question 10w: Can we create space to join the local inhabitants and the kindergarten within the boundaries of the plot using flexible methods, as well as outside the site (for example, in the adjoining green areas)?
Question 10x: Is the space between the local inhabitants and the kindergarten included in the 200 sq m (+/- 5%) or can we create temporary flexible structures (i.e. roofing, etc.) that can be connected to suit the circumstances?
Reply 10w, 10x: The spaces joining the neighbourhood to the school must be located within the site; they should be outdoor spaces, that lend themselves to social interaction, possibly roofed, and are not included in the gross floor area. These spaces should be regarded as filter areas interconnecting the neighbourhood (public environment) with the kindergarten (private environment).

Question 10y: How are terraces and balconies considered in the gross floor area?
Reply 10y: Terraces and balconies are NOT considered in the gross floor area.

Question 10z: Is there any specific programme that has to be incorporated or are we free to make our own programme? Is there a specific built/unbuilt ratio?) 
Reply 10z: The functions, gross floor area and open space to be designed are indicated under “Functions”, para. 3 - “Theme and aims” - of the competition announcement.

Question 10aa: Should the building include emergency exits?
Reply 10aa: The competition announcement does not explicitly call for emergency exits, given the preliminary nature of the design.  It is up to the designer to decide whether to include them or not.

Question 10bb: Do we have to take into account certain regulations regarding the city of Milan or the plot itself?
Reply 10bb: In view of the experimental nature of the competition, no specific reference has been made to town planning and building regulations regarding the City of Milan.

FAQ – NUMBER OF FLOORS

Question 11a: Is it possible to plan a 2 or 3 storey building?
Question 11b: I would like to know if the building height could be raised to two storeys, obviously with the same gross floor area.
Question 11c: Does the building absolutely have to be one-storey or could more floors be added?
Question 11d: Is there a maximum height for the building?

Reply 11a, 11b, 11c, 11d: There are no restrictions on the height of the building or the number of floors. Designs should fit the programme indicated in the competition announcement and also the age of the children (3-6 years). The 650 sq m gross floor area must, however, be respected.

FAQ – CEILING HEIGHTS

Question 12a: The minimum ceiling heights are 300 cm for flat ceilings and 270 cm for sloped ceilings; my question is: what is the maximum ceiling height for the tallest side of the sloped ceilings?
Reply 12a: There are no specific instructions regarding the maximum ceiling height. However, designs should lend themselves to the programme and also suit the age of the children (3-6 years).

Question 12b: Should classroom spaces be considered group work spaces, therefore have a minimum ceiling height of 240 cm?
Reply 10b: ‘Spaces for group work’ refers to space for activities performed by individual children or small groups.

FAQ – CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND SYTEMS

Question 13a: With regard to construction materials and systems, is it possible to adopt only technologies used by FLA members?
Reply 13a: The indications regarding construction materials and technologies are illustrated in “Theme and aims”, point 3, “Materials” of the competition announcement.  It is up to the designer to decide which materials and technologies to use. No sources need to be cited.

Question 13b: Is it possible to incorporate elements such as photovoltaic cells and solar panels?
Reply 13b: Yes.  Any such systems would have to be incorporated into the general design of the building.

FAQ – COSTS

Question 14a: Is there a cap on the construction budget and consequently on the quality of the materials and technologies employed?
Question 14b: What is the budget for the project?
Reply 14a, 14b: No cap is indicated for the total spend; however, the building must be designed using materials and technologies that factor in the need for rapid and simple construction and adequate cost containment.

Question 14c: The competition announcement mentions cost containment and also the adoption of an economical assembly process. Is there no cap on the expenditure? Does the competition call for a cost analysis, or simply an indication of the total cost or cost/sq m?
Reply 14c: NO cost estimate is required. It is up to the designer to specify the costs of the plan.

Question 14d: Is it feasible for the contractor to reuse materials from the demolished building to construct parts of the new facility. And if so is there an accessible bill of materials, or building plan from the old structure?
Reply 14d: The use of materials from the demolished building is highly unadvisable since the construction is extremely old and, above all, the roof contains asbestos.
No documents are available regarding the demolition costs.