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Design Ideas Competition

Questions and Answers to March 2013

Answers last updated: 9.50 am 12/4/2013

21/1/13

I write to you in order to know something about the competition "The Lodge on the Lake, design ideas competition". In the documentation of the project, I could not read anything about the construction of the building. I would like to know if the first prize of the competition involves the contract for the construction of the building.

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This is an ‘Ideas Competition’ – there is no current intention or funding to build the project. The first prize does NOT involve a contract for the construction of the building. Section 1.1 of the Competition states ‘The Sponsors are not aware of any intention by the Australian Government to build a new Lodge for the Prime Minister’. Section 4.10 refers to ‘Post Competition Services’ and notes the Sponsors intention to provide the jury report and premediated proposals to the relevant agencies of the Australian Government. (31/1/13)

 

29/1/13

We have problems downloading the ZIP files of high-res images. The link from the Resources page doesn't seem to work. Can you please advise on how to best get the material above?

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Sorry for the inconvenience: we were having a little problem with aliases. The hyperlink on the Resources page has was corrected 29/1/13: the direct URL is:

http://www.canberra.edu.au/multimedia/presentations/lodge-photos.html

(31/1/13)

 

30/1/13

Considering designing a scheme and making proposals before registration. I have the following queries:


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The site for the competition has been selected. The site is Attunga Point in Canberra. Please refer to Section 2.3 Site and Context in the Competition documentation, and to Section 4 Resources where you will find the Site Plan and AUTOCAD file. Do not select your own site. The brief provided is the one you should work to. There is scope to interpret the brief. Refer Section 3 in the Competition documentation which states ‘The Lodge should include the following hypothetical functional elements. Entrants should interpret these and explore their relationships and potential as they see fit’. The realignment of the access road is evident on the Site Plan. You are able to decide how cars will access the various parts of the site/buildings as part of your design response. Car parking for official visitors is referenced at Section 3.5. This is NOT a staged competition and does not lead to a commission - refer Section 4.10 Post Competition Services. (31/1/13)

 

30.1.13

Are other sites along the lake edge eligible? for example Weston Park?

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Other sites are not eligible. The site for the competition has been selected. The site is Attunga Point in Canberra. Please refer to Section 2.3 Site and Context in the Competition documentation, and to Section 4 Resources where you will find the Site Plan and AUTOCAD file. (31/1/13)

 

30.1.13

Do I need to nominate all the team members when I register? Can I nominate other professionals I want to include in the team at a second stage?

After the competition has closed and the winners have been announced and have their work published, can I publish my entry material on the web?

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You will only have to nominate your team members on the Submission Form when you submit your entry on the closing date in May 2013. This is to give you time after you have registered to finalise your team. For registration please use the Registration Form, noting that the registrant must be an eligible person as advised in Section 4.1 of the Competition Conditions.

Yes, after the competition has closed and the winners are announced you will be able to publish your design proposal on the web. Before that time you must NOT disclose any of your entry submission or identity - refer Section 4.6 in the Competition Conditions. You should also note Sections 4.11 and 4.12 (competition material and copyright respectively) (31/1/13)

 

5/2/13

What flood level do the designs need to adhere to?

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The projected flood levels are provided for information only.  Building levels are at the discretion of the competitor.  Lake Burley Griffin is formed by Scrivener Dam on the Molonglo River which controls the level of the lake. (8/2/13)

 

7/2/13

The Resources section of the Conditions show some 33 pictures of the site. Some of the views are described as :"view of the site North of Alexandrina Drive" or "South of Alexandrina Drive" as the case may be. We assume that the pictorial descriptions relate to the existing alignment of Alexandrina Drive and not from a view point relating to the proposed realignment of the Drive.  Is our assumption correct?

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Yes, the view points relate to the existing alignment of Alexandrina Drive. Your assumption is correct. (8/2/13)

 

8/2/13

I refer to the question asked in relation to the Competition on 31/1/13 as follows:

After the competition has closed and the winners have been announced and have their work published, can I publish my entry material on the web?

and the subsequent answer:

Yes, after the competition has closed and the winners are announced you will be able to publish your design proposal on the web. Before that time you must NOT disclose any of your entry submission or identity - refer Section 4.6 in the Competition Conditions. You should also note Sections 4.11 and 4.12 (competition material and copyright respectively) (31/1/13)

However in reading the conditions I cannot read anything which restricts the way in which entrants can publicise their entries - only that the entry materials submitted cannot be marked with identification. I would appreciate if you could please clarify.

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I confirm that you cannot publish your entry before the competition has closed and the winners are announced. Once an image is published, especially on the web, it is very easy to track and identify the author (regardless of whether they have their name on the document/s) If you do publish beforehand this will render your entry ineligible. (8.2.13)

 

8/2/13

Is it possible to have some pictures taken of the site from the new alignment of Alexandrina Drive assuming that it is feasible to do so subject to there being no trees in the way. Are there any aerial views available either superimposed or not superimposed on a contour plan? I am assuming that a visit to the site is allowed without having to make special arrangements on security grounds.

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It will not be possible to take additional photographs of the site at this time.There are no aerial views superimposed on the site prepared specifically for this competition. However, it is easy to view the site from an aerial perspective by downloading ‘Google Earth':

www.google.com/earth/index.html

and searching for 'Canberra Yacht Club'. The Attunga Point site is to the immediate west of this club. Street view is available for Alexandrina Drive. A link to Google Maps (satellite view) has been added to our Resources page. There is no impediment to visiting the site - it is currently accessible public land.

 

11/2/13

The competition conditions state that

"No competitor may disclose to the media or any other group or individual ... the name of the winning competitor."

Does that mean that if/when I win, I cannot tell anyone, or publish this on our website? Is it in compliance with the competition terms to submit the proposal or a variation thereof to a different competition / awards scheme of unbuilt work, if those results will be announced after the results of the lodge competition?

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This clause primarily relates to media enquiries.  Any entrant (winners or not) can publish and discuss etc their own design after the competition has closed and the winners are announced. It is not compliant to submit your design in other competitions/awards before this competition has closed and the winners are announced (regardless of when the results of the other events are announced). This is to ensure that your entry in the Lodge remains anonymous until the Jury has reached and announced its decisions  - please also note Section 4.6.2  in the Competition Conditions. (12/2/13)

 

14/2/13

Could you please advise the preferred sheet orientation for the submission? Portrait or landscape? Just wanting to confirm as the site plan at 1:500 only fits on a A1 portrait.

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There is no preferred sheet orientation (or arrangement of the sheets) for the submission.  Please refer to the Additional Material required at Section 4.6.2 in the Competition Conditions -  'A drawing diagram clearly describing the arrangement and sequence for viewing the submitted boards'. (22/2/13)

 

14/2/13

Will more documentation be issued to competitors?

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No, there will be no more documentation issued to competitors (other than updates to the 'questions and answers') (22/2/13)

 

4/3/13

Are you able to throw some light on the meaning of "High Conservation Area" on the site Plan issued with the competition documents:

  1. To what extent can some of the 'conservation' area be removed or infringed or built upon?
  2. What is the meaning or intention of this 'conservation area' in terms of future retention or management of the areas indicated.
  3. Is it intended that this conservation area be augmented or varied in terms of species?
  4. Can an access road be designed to traverse the conservation area? Judging from Google Earth the conservation area consists mainly of grassland. Kangaroo grass?

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The conservation area (including the type of plant species) may be appreciated by downloading and considering the Conservation Management Plan and the Lake Burley Griffin Heritage assessment plans referenced at Section 2.6.

This is a design ideas competition. Entrants should use their best judgement in determining the extent to which their designs impact on and/or contribute to the conservation of the site. This includes consideration of the alignment of proposed access roads and paths. (12/3/13)

 

7/3/13

Is it possible to obtain a 2008 version of the Autocad file available on the Lodge comp website for our competiton submission?

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We have provided this DWG file in two versions (including AutoCAD 2004).We are not able to provide additional versions. Please go to our Resources page. (12/3/13)

 

8/3/13

May we have some clarification on the meaning and purpose of a "Safe  Family Refuge' as stated in the facilities brief?

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A ‘defensible family refuge’ is referenced at Section 3.1 in the Competition Design Brief. The original intention was for a discreet and secure space to be provided to which the family could withdraw for short periods of time if they were under personal ‘threat’. However, section 3 includes the statement ‘Entrants should interpret these (the hypothetical functional elements) and explore their relationships and potential as they see fit. Entrants are free to interpret the ‘refuge’ as they deem appropriate.(12/3/13)

 

12/3/13

Please provide a site plan/aerial photo that indicates using arrows where and in what direction the photos in the resource section were taken.

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A mud-map indicating the photo locations has been added to the competition Resources page. (22/2/13)

 

11/3/13

Could you provide a little more detail on the significance of the ‘High Conservation Area’ and what rules are in place in relation to how it is allowed to be used? Is one area different from another, e.g. the fenced zone to the northeast of the site beside the lake, different from the zone to the south of existing Alexandrina Drive? Also – what is the conservation charter for these areas?

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We have referenced the publicly available information regarding the conservation areas for the site.  The conservation area may best be appreciated by downloading and considering the Conservation Management Plan and the Lake Burley Griffin Heritage assessment plans referenced at Section 2.6.  For the purposes of this design ideas competition there are no specific  'rules' in place regarding use of these areas. (19/3/13)

 

11/3/13

Do we have a budget on this project?

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No there is no budget for this project - it is a design ideas competition (19/3/13).

 

13/3/13

In the Conservation Management Plan there was a mention of an exposed rock surface at Attunga Point from when it was previously used as a quarry. Could you please indicate on a site map where this rock face is, if there are any more, and please attach some photos of it if possible?

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On the site plan provided, the exposed rock face is approximately between the 560 and 565 contour on the northern side of the site (down to the Lake).

The following references show an early plan and a photograph of the rock face (looking at it from the lake side) that may be of interest:

http://hiddencanberra.webs.com/Stirling%20Park/map%20Stirling%20&%20Atunga%20copy.jpg

http://www.davesact.com/2010/06/attunga-point-quarry.html  (19/3/13)

 

21/3/12

Future Road Alignment - with reference to the Site Plan provided with the briefing documentation, please could you clarify the significance (if any) of the traffic easement corridor connecting the end of Empire Circuit and Alexandrina Drive in Yarralumla? As drawn, this traffic easement corridor not only traverses the proposed realignment of Alexandrina Drive and cycle path but also penetrates the proposed site for the New Official Residence for the Prime Minister in one corner.

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For the purposes of this competition you are not restricted by the traffic easement and are not required to give it any particular significance. (26/3/13)

 

22/3/13

  1. Just confirming that all the drawings including site plans, sections, elevations and perspectives are to be contained on no more than four A1 sheets?
  2. Are the mounting boards to be A1 as well?
  3. Can I make up the A1 sheet size by stitching A2 sheets together?
  4. Can the boards be horizontal or vertical?
  5. If my submission is damaged by freighting, will the committee notify me with a chance to repair as long as there is still time?

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  1. This is correct - refer to Section 4.6 in the Competition Conditions
  2. Yes
  3. Only if you do not exceed the 4 total number of sheets - i.e. 8 separate A2 sheets would NOT be acceptable - they must be arranged as 4 X A1 sheets.
  4. Entrants may choose the orientation of the 4 X A1 boards to suit their requirements. Refer Section 4.6.2 - drawing diagram.
  5. Entrants will not be notified of damage unless the damage is caused by an 'Act of God'. In such cases any decisions related to 'repair' will be made by the Competition Adviser on a case-by-case basis.

2/4/13

 

25/3/13

Within this design competition are there overarching security and privacy issues that need consideration in the design of windows,connecting corridors and external spaces / terraces that need consideration when looking at location, orientation and openness?

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For the purposes of this competition there are no overarching security and privacy issues that need consideration beyond those listed in the Design Brief. (2/4/13)

 

22/2/13

If I am able to clearly convey my proposal in LESS than four A1's, (say 2 x A1) would this be acceptable?

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The intention is that 4 x A1 sheets will be submitted given the submission requirements (refer section 4.6.1). However if you can meet those requirements in fewer sheets that is acceptable. (9/4/13)

 

3/4/13

Could you please clarify if photographs of a physical model be considered as “perspectives”?

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The choice of graphic mode for the perspective is yours to make. However, please note that no models are to be submitted in addition to the 4 x A1 boards (refer Section 4.6.1) 9/4/13.

 

28/3/13

Is the Site Boundary as indicated on the Site Plan fixed, or can it be realigned to some degree retaining the approx.68,600 sqm site area?

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The site boundary is to be retained. (28/3/13)

 

26/2/13

There are areas noted as high conservation on the site plan. Is there any particular significance to these culturally? Are there any indigenous places of significance on the site or adjacent to the site that need to be respected? To what degree can these areas be altered, removed, replaced, built within and upon? Also, can the lake edge be manipulated or built over?

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This is a design ideas competition. Entrants should use their best judgement in determining the extent to which their designs impact on and/or contribute to the conservation of the site. This includes consideration of the lake edge.

We have referenced the publicly available information regarding the conservation areas for the site. hese area may best be appreciated by downloading and considering the Conservation Management Plan and the Lake Burley Griffin Heritage assessment plans referenced at Section 2.6. For the purposes of this design ideas competition there are no specific 'rules' in place regarding use/alteration of these areas. (12/4/13)

 
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The Competition

The Lodge

Design Brief

Competition Conditions

Resources

Forms

Questions and Answers

Acknowledgements

http://www.canberra.edu.au/lodge/mobile