Does the location of a building - in relation to the plot of land - have to remain as given on the layout/master plan?
It does not have to stay in the same place as long as you comply with the regulations (the setbacks etc.).
The blue rectangles mean a pool, so are pools required in the building zone as well?
Yes, apartment buildings should have swimming pools, and it is up to you if it is going to be one building one pool or shared pools for more buildings. We are open to this.
The buildings should have 3-4 floors – is parking included in this amount or +1 floor is added for parking?
The most important is building height limits (they vary depending on the zone). The height level measures from the finished floor level, not from the existing ground. It is well explained in the Masterplan_regulations sheet, please reference that.
Can we work on more than one zone?
YES! You are free to work on as many zones/types of buildings as you prefer.
I worked on multiple zones, should I submit them in one document or is it better to make each zone a separate project?
We prefer that you submit each project separately.
Should landscape and treescape be also considered in the competition?
Yes, the landscape is an important part as we are on steep hills. In Yellow zone no.5 (villas) – they have to be elevated / on the piles, so as not to interfere directly with the land.
Should villas have private gardens or fences that are landscaped?
There will be no fences between the villas (just open spaces), so the landscaping here should provide some privacy for the villa’s inhabitants. We want it to look natural, free, and open.
Are there public spaces – gardens or parks?
The biggest public space is the Coastal zone and the Marina, there is a lot of landscape – like beaches, elevated walkways, restaurants, cafés etc.
What are the criteria for the competition?
The most interesting and innovative design within the borders and regulations set in the brief.
It has to make some sense to build it. We are looking for new ideas of students that think out of the box. Your background and your experience is the most valuable in this. We are not intending to copy what has already been made elsewhere.
Who are the target customers?
We are targeting mainly European citizens, families, or people who retired already. Those who are coming for vacation (spring to autumn) or to work remotely from here, or locals who are looking for living here/vacationing here to experience another standard of living.
How deep must the participants go through detail?
It is enough if you are able to demonstrate the principles. You don’t have to go to a great level of detail.
What is the level of importance of the interior of the buildings required?
This year focuses on the exteriors. There will be a separate INTERIOR SOLUTION Competition next year (winter 2023/2024) that will be working with the winning project from this year’s architectural competition.
What are the Technology consultants for?
They are here for you in case you have a question about a specific category of products (properties/materials/3D Models/limits/variations), our consultants are available to answer, and via their profile at Inspireli Education you get to learn what innovation each of the companies here represented have (by clicking on the Tech consultant you are redirected to the company’s profile at inspirelieducation.com)
Do I have to use the products of the companies here represented by Tech Consultants?
The Tech consultants are here for educational purposes of you inquiring specific info about specific products or their properties/materials/3D models/limits/variations you might need. The use of these products is not required and is not among the evaluation criteria.
Why do the villas have to be elevated?
These are local regulations to comply with, and it only applies to the yellow zone.
Should the project be LEAD oriented/ eco-friendly, are there any certifications to consider?
No, this is a competition about ideas and we don’t need any certifications. But the project should be sustainable, and eco-friendly and we need to see you consider basic solutions (external shading, cross ventilation etc.) and then you can suggest new technologies in a simple scheme. Feel free to mention new technologies emerging in your country.
Does the beach have to be private?
In Croatia, there is no such thing as a private beach. Everything is public. There needs to be free access and no restrictions around it.
Can the infrastructure given on the map be modified (marina area)?
Yes, the circle on the map is just an indication of what can be done and you can stick to it or you can modify it. You can come up with any shape you want (beware of the restrictions though).
Can private boats / public enter the marina?
Yes, they can park the boat, stop by for a coffee or have a restaurant in the resort’s facilities and go on. This is not like a major marina.
What kind of building material should be used?
A combination. We would prefer if you use the local material (for aesthetics and environmental POV). But we are not limited to JUST local materials.
Do we have to follow the master plan’s layout or we can adjust it?
The masterplan is there for you to understand the scale of the project but you DON’T have to FOLLOW the shapes of the buildings. It’s totally up to you, the only thing is you have to comply with the regulations.
Do we have to use the exact number of plots as indicated or we can adjust?
No. The boundaries between the plots are adjustable. You can shrink or widen it, and create more or fewer units, it is up to you (but you have to respect zone and street setbacks).
I would like to ask you if you know if there is any relation in separating plots of land in Croatia? On the screenshot you can see that they are separated by lines of stones. Is this to prevent land shifting or fires?
The rock walls you mentioned serve no particular purpose, except separating the plots. They could be found anywhere in rocky landscapes of Croatia where people must’ve cleared their land for farming and they simply placed the rocks on the property boundaries.
I heard on the livestream that if I choose zones 1,2 or 5, I should design a design with 3 types. I don't really understand it. Is it supposed to be a design with 3 buildings or? And do I have to concentrate an urban problem, when I choose this zone?
No, there is no need to design three types of one building. One budling will be enough. It was only a suggestion for the villas in the Zone 05, that it would be great if the villas could vary in size or be easily modified in size to quickly react to market demands.
How are the prefabricated/ preassembled parts connected to each other? And what exactly do you mean by "prefabricated" villas? Are there any techniques/materials of preference?
The villas must be constructed on the piles not to interfere directly with the existing land. That’s the only obligation from the construction point of view and that is exactly why prefabrication makes sense. There is no preference, it is entirely up to you.
Is there a given strategy for the use of objects? (central-individual management) And what are the ownership relations? (land has(will have) different owners?)
It depends on what part of the development we consider. E.g., the villas and the plots associated with them will have individual owners. However, there will be no physical barriers or fencing between the individual plots.
We'd like to clarify the specifications of the prefabricated villas mentioned in the brief. Could you, please, provide us with a bit more information on the requirements of this topic and maybe there're any restrictions due to this?
Please refer to drawing> Starigrad Masterplan, Site regulation, rev 03.
Is parking necessary to be located within the contour of the building on the first ground floor?
Please refer to drawing> Starigrad Masterplan, Site regulation, rev 03.
Should a hotel pool have an ocean view?
Preferably, but it is entirely up to you.
In general, should the pool of the hotel be in the building, or as it was in the given plan, the water park should be outside and separate space?
It is entirely up to you.
Should only the hotel rooms have an ocean view or do all the designated areas have to have the view?
Preferably, but it is entirely up to you.
In the text of the brief, while talking about the commercial center, it mentioned only 2 floors and we were wondering if there should be only two floors? On the 3D master plan, the commercial center was divided into three terraces and given as three floors, and we were wondering what to guide us by?
Maximum building height is 11,5m from the finished floor level, no restriction on number of floors.
If it is written in the height restriction, 11.5 meters is generally the distance from the zero to its highest point of the building or the distance from the road level to the highest level, because in the case of the terrace principle, the zero of the building goes down together with the topos.
11,5m from the finished floor level to the top of the concrete slab of the flat roof or to the starting point of the pitched roof. It is measured in the highest point of the building.
As we got, the first floor is supposed to have cafes and shops.. are there any requirements regarding the purpose of the second floor spaces?
It is entirely up to you.
What is the seismic activity density of this region?
The site geology has some Precambrian rocks mostly covered by younger sedimentary rocks and are deformed or superimposed by tectonic activity
I was curious about whether rammed earth walls can be a good pre-fabricated option?
If they can be prefabricated then yes, otherwise no.
I wanted to ask if the villas can also have the slanted red roofs? Does the square meter regulation (like the 120sq m, 150 sq m, 200 sq m) for the villa only account to the interior building volume or the entire roof mass?
In the documents Masterplan rev08 updated version, Competition conditions, First draft Competition document and Masterplan, the conditions for the building footprint and additional information is different(ex: in one of the documents the hotel conditions are 75-100 rooms, and in a different one the conditions are 100-150 rooms). Which documents should we stick to when designing the buildings?
It is a maximum allowed internal area. Number of bedrooms and aesthetics and a well-planned efficient spatial organization are more important than size.
3 bedrooms (up to 120sqm)
4 bedrooms (up to 150sqm)
5 bedrooms (up to 200sqm)
Part of the isohypsis on the plot for the hotel are missing. Should we make an assumption for the missing part.
You might get impression its missing because this part of the site its mostly flat, but the survey in DWG format contains the contours of the terrain. Please follow those.
We didn't see a complete boundry for hotel plot on the north-western side. Can you help us with that?
There is a boundary shown on the masterplan or the zoning plan.
Are we allowed to build water channels from the Adriatic Sea towards the site inland?
Should the proposed division be adhered to in the plans?
The size of individual plots can vary from 800 m2 to 1500 m2. Plot side boundaries can be adjusted to suit the proposed design. Street and development boundaries must be respected.
Are we allowed to dig below the main street level?
Is it completely out of question to design zone 08 (camping zone)? It is mentioned that it is not a part of the design competition but if we propose something that would unite zone 04 (commercial centre) and zone 06 (marina) through zone 08, is it acceptable?
Good question. Yes, it is acceptable, if the Zone 8 still serves as a camp.
There is one function mentioned in the competition conditions document - in the commercial centre part, which is the facility management and back office - it is required to be a single freestanding building. If possible could you please explain more as to why this requirement is needed. And is it acceptable if it is part of the commercial centre building but it has its own entrance and there is no access from the commercial centre to it?
It’s mainly about ownership but also operational reasons.
And is it acceptable if it is part of the commercial centre building but it has its own entrance and there is no access from the commercial centre to it?
No. It could look like part of commercial centre but has to be an independent and freestanding building with its own entry e.t.c.
Is the management of accommodation area (mentioned as part of the commercial centre) an area where people interested in renting a villa or an apartment come to discuss prices and availability? Or is it something different?
Yes, correct. Essentially, its a reception area. Check in, check out e.t.c.
Is mentioned in the competition conditions that : "3 bedrooms (up to 120sqm) 4 bedrooms (up to 150sqm) 5 bedrooms (up to 200sqm)" - does this mean that the whole 3bedroom villa should not exceed 120 sqm?
How does that go with Maximum Site Coverage Ratio (SCR) which is 0.3 :1 in case of villas? E.g. if we take a 1000sqm plot, we get ~300sqm as a result of SCR, but according to the rule of max 5 bedrooms - 200 sqm, then what do wedo with the rest 100 sqm?Do we use it for a pool and parkings or can we go over 200 sqm with the rooms?
Swimming pool, open carparking and open staircase are not included in the building footprint area and they don’t count into SCR calculation. The site coverage ratio (SCR) is the ratio of the building area (the area when the building is viewed from directly above) to the site area. Minimal and maximal size of land 500-1000sqm.
Should we consider the same setbacks and regulations when choosing the location of the pool/parking on the plot, or can we locate them right by the road, without the setbacks?
Setbacks regulations apply to the swimming pools as well