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Questions will be accepted until 17:30 on Dec 31.
 All answers will be published at the current webpage. Minor corrections to the text will be published under the brief. 

Frequently asked questions:

Who can participate in the competition?


Eligible to participate in the competition are: - Individual architects and designers with full designer’s capacity from the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria (CAB) or an equivalent organisation in the respective country of professional registration; - Teams with at least one member architect and designer with full designer’s capacity from the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria (CAB) or an equivalent organisation in the respective country of professional registration.




Is a pre-registration required?


Pre-registration is not required to participate in the competition.




How to download the Brief and the Competition Program?


Please follow these steps to download the Brief and the Competition Program in PDF file format: 1. Go to the Brief section of the current webpage using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 2. Click on the appropriate link:
3. A new window will open in your browser. A download button will appear in the upper right corner. Click on it and the download will begin.




Competition territorial scope clarifications


The built-up area and the unfolded built-up area of ​​the assignment are determined on the basis of the future regulated plot of 17 615 sq.m, consistent with the currently procedured detailed development plan (DDP) and the public ownership in Borovets. The underground built-up area is set at 14092 sq.m, as it is not linked to the construction parameters but will be rather designed according to the winning project proposal and in line with the preservation of the existing trees. The underground built-up area is not part of the built-up area of ​​the site of 22 019 sq.m. We can therefore confirm the construction parameters as set in the competition documentation - a built-up area of 5285 sq.m and a total built-up area of ​​22019 sq.m.




We can't find " the Spatial Development Act " Online so that we dont't know some rules. Where can I find it?


Regarding the Spatial Development Act - further, more detailed information about the Bulgarian legislation and the adaptation of the concept projects to it will be discussed with the winning project team for the purpose of the technical project. However please do not hesitate to ask specific questions in this regard when you have such.




What does it mean that " Minimum area of the property - 13m"? And is it "the minimum distance between buildings - 13m"?


This is a typing error. Please read "Minimum area of the property - 13m" as “Minimum front length of the property - 13m”.




Whether the task that the assignment of all mandatory parts of a working investment project (in compliance with Ordinance №4 of the Spatial Development Act – architecture; constructive; geodesy;heating, ventilation and air conditioning; water and sanitation;electrical,including low-voltage installations; technological; energy efficiency; park development and public works; organization and traffic safety; fire safety,fire alarmsystem) is our job?


No, please consider a competition task only the architectural part of the development – as described in the competition rules.




Is it allowed to demolish the existing buildings on the site (except for the classified buildings of course)?


As stated in the competition rules, the proposals must preserve buildings Nr.12, Nr.14, and Nr.57. The competition rules requires that the participants define the new zoned lands in regards to the above mentioned buildings - pages 21-22 from the competition rules. The requirements for those new areas are also as stated in the competition rules.




Is it absolutely mandatory for the submission language to be in Bulgarian or bilingual? Can’t it be just be in English? If it’s absolutely necessary to submit in 2 languages, can we have some extra time for the translation? and then also, can you please recommend us a good translator who has some at least some minimal knowledge in architecture?


The participants must use the provided bilingual document templates. These forms might be filled in Latin letters. The requirements for the texts at the graphic tables is to be in either English OR Bulgarian.




In the PV formula, what does the "t" stand for? The formula is not clear without this information.


This is a typing error in the English version of the competition rules, please ignore.




Can we receive topographic information on the site (eg, contour data) in order to understand the elevation difference across the site?


Please find provided additional excerpt from the territory planning of Borovets, which contains information about the surrounding elevation differences.




What is the minimum required A0 size boards for submission? Is it 4 or do we have to use all 6 boards?


Please consider the number of the required tables as “up to 6 tables”.




Can you explain whether underground parking is absolutely required? If so, how many spaces? The brief does not detail the need, it only gives design parameters.


The underground parking spaces is at the discretion of the participants. The technical project of the winning project will confirm the exact final number and configuration.




What does it mean "vertical planning up to 5,285 m2" in chapter 1.7. page10 ?


Please consider "vertical planning" as the transforming the landscape or its adaptation to the compositional purposes of the architecture, the organization of water drainage, the creation of retaining walls, terraces and stairs on the ground, embankments and trenches.




What does it mean "Necessary building distances from the property boundary – 3m. From the side property lines, 3 or 5 meters from the bottom of the property;" in page14 and "minimum distances of the existing building from the regulation lines - 3m from the side lines, 5m from the bottom line of the property;" in page21,22. What are the boundary distances allowed from the roads ?


Those are the allowed distances from the boundaries of the regulated areas. There is no distance required from the street front of those areas.




What are the boundary lines from the existing buildings (Building No: 65231.919.433.12
Building No: 65231.919.433.57) - For example If we design a 1m fence around building 12 and building 57 where do i make an offset boundary line?

a) What is the distance between the property and the fence

b) What is the distance between the fence and our building proposal ?

In general we do not have the plot's outline in which the buildings are situated !


The competition rules requires that the participants define the new zoned lands in regards to the above mentioned buildings and building 65231.919.433.14 - pages 21-22 from the competition rules. The requirements for those new areas are as stated in the competition rules. The requirements for the distances in those new areas are as required in the same document - "minimum distances of the existing building from the regulation lines - 3m from the side lines, 5m from the bottom line of the property", page 21-22.




Minimum area of zoned land - 400 sq m ....(p14 Scope of the Competition)

What is zoned land referring to?


This is a requirement for any new zone land.




The competition rules refers to two properties (No. 433 and No. 354), which have a total area of ​​23,000m2, of the plan (DWG), however, the competition scope is 20,042m2. Also on the website you are talking about a future 17.615m2 zoned land. Please clarify.


The built-up area and the unfolded built-up area from the competition rules are determined on the basis of the future regulated plot of land with an area of 17 615 sq.m, consistent with the detailed development plan (DDP) which is currently still under development. Thus, the Contracting Authority wants to ensure the preservance of the spatial indicators of the territory upon eventual acceptance of the currently designed DDP. However, the overall territory of the competition has been calculated under the current DDP. Consequently, the competition area in Annex 2 of the competition has an area of 20.042m2, which has been synchronized with the current street regulation. According to the competition rules, p.21-22, the participants are required to identify three private lands with a total area of ​​1645 m2. Although the remaining design area in the competition is 18397m2, the participations are expected to follow the required by the competition rules construction parameters and the above-mentioned build up area of 17,615 m2.




Should the budget of the project proposal include all parts of the investment design (architecture, constructions, MEP, etc.) or just the architectural part?


The graphical part of the proposal should include the architectural conceptual design, but the project budget should include all parts of the investment development.




Does the outdoor facilities and infrastructures such as ice rinks, rope climbing facilities, playgrounds, recreation areas, etc. are included in the unfolded build-up area?


All outdoor facilities and infrastructures are not included in the unfolded build-up area. All covered sport and recreation facilities are part of the unfolded build-up area.




My question is about the accommodation studios (page 23 of the Brief): What do you mean "up to 3 studios for accommodation"? VIP zone for what? Only studios or maybe a hotel part?


It is meant accommodation for VIP guests of the Municipality of Samokov / Borovets. The three studios and their lounge area should have at least one independent entrance as a group. It can be designed as a hotel-type accommodation.




Is there any program for the strip between the Competition Scope and the current street on the side of Rila & Samokov hotels? Will it be part of the street? Is there a specified street width and sidewalk?


The sidewalk and the contact areas are out of the Competition scope and they will not be evaluated. However, the Contracting Authority welcomes proposals for those areas.




What is the width of the planned sidewalks along the Competition scope and are they included in it? If yes, should we design them?


Pay attention to the indicated street regulation. The rest is a matter of your proposed design concept.




What is the actual function of the two villas of cultural heritage - residential, temporary accommodation or another? Are they open to a wide audience? Who are their owners?


Those buildings are private, they are not open to the wide audience. In Annex 3 it's clearly indicated that they are single-family residential buildings. You can not propose other functions. You can only modify the landscape in their plots in accordance with the design concept. The realization of those proposals depends on the private owner and does not enter in the evaluation of the competition.




Could we include the two villas of cultural heritage in our design concept and to give them public function? Can you provide some plans and facades or at least more photos?


Both vilas are privet and they are not included in the Competition scope. You can find more information about them i Anex 3, Anex 4, Anex 5 and Anex 6.




Does the unfolded built-up area of the immovable cultural heritage vilas is included in the total built-up area


No.




Are the izolines at every meter height?


Izolines are labeled. Please follow the labeled values.




For easier budget calculations could you provide us geotechnical studies? What is the soil composition, what kind of foundations should be used ect.? What is the groundwater level?


The soil composition is indicated in the Brief - light brown and dark brown forest soils. This is the currently available information.




I have only Master Degree. Can I participate?


No.




Can I submit my project digitally only?


Yes, submission may be either physically OR digitally, no need to submit physically.




Could you, please, clarify what is the desirable built-up and total built-up area of the site, scope of the competition? You have specified the maximum built-up area as 5285 sq m and the maximum unfolded built-up area as 22,019 sq m, but does that mean the areas should come close to those parameters (80% - 100%) or does it mean they can be anything from 30 -100% depending on the participants' concept? The brief states:"The total value for realisation of the investment intention is envisaged to be up to BGN 60million excluding VAT, upon realisation of maximum permissible:" Does this mean that if the maximum built-up area is not realised, the value of the project should be less than 60 million?


Yes, the proposal for the total built-up area remains at the discretion of the designer, and in accordance with the goals set in the Brief (page 19).




Is it possible the planned stages of the investment project to be presented on panel 3, where clearly the different functions will be explained? (on page 96 in the Brief: "Indicate clearly the scope by area, functions and value of the planned stages of the investment project.")


Yes, the planned stages of the investment project to be presented on panel 3




Is it possible to add other documents besides the functional schemes (for ex. to present the architectural solutionon) on panel 3?


Yes, but the panel should explain firstly the functional scheme of the project.




About the architectural proposal - is it possible to add documents in scale on the discretion of the participants?


Yes, the documents could be in scale at the discretion of the participants.




About the landscape proposal - is the second situational plan mandatory in 1/500? We already have one in panel 2 in which we will integrate the landscape proposal?


Not required. Please present the landscape proposal at your discretion.




Is it possible to present the landscape proposal in scale on the discretion of the participants?


Yes, the documents could be in scale at the discretion of the participants.




Is an identification number need to be added on the panels?


No, the panels should not contain an identification number, as well as any information that violates your anonymity.




Why is the marked area for the premises and subject of the competition (Competition_Scope in the Annex 2-Info Base, the cadastral map) spaced about 7 meters from the Golden Triangle plot delimitation? Can we consider the distance between the area of the competition and the Golden Triangle plot as area subjected to design process.


The Competition scope is limited by the street regulation. In this case, the street regulation differs from the borders of the plot. Areas locked between the two borders do not enter the Competition scope, but the Contracting Authority welcomes you to include them in your design concept. (on page 15) "Border territories. - because the “Golden Triangle” can not function without its surrounding space, the Contracting Authority requires that the adjoining municipal properties around the finishing lines of the ski runs at the South eastern end of the Golden Triangle, as well as the square space before the initial station of the Cabin Ropeway at its Northwest end should be taken into account in the competition proposals by proposing current and future spatial and functional links between the proposed architectural solution and the existing context."




‘[…] to come up with complex proposals that includes both levels of design concept’ (page 20). What do you mean by ‘both levels’? Which levels?


It is meant the both project level. "The inseparable connection between the development (the urban level) and design concepts (design level)" (page 20)




What do you mean by ‘development indicators’ (page 20)


It is meant "construction parameters" (see page 14) from the Brief.




What are the intervention possibilities outside of the area marked for the premises and subject of the competition (Competition_Scope in the Annex 2-Info Base, the cadastral map)? For example, is it allowed to add parking spaces outside the Golden Triangle or other interventions not included in the marked area of Golden Triangle?


All requirements described in the Brief must be executed within the Competition scope. Outside the scope, you can propose interventions at your discretion compliant with your design concept.




In the Annex 2-Info base (cadastral map) there are some buildings (65231.919.433.22; 65231.919.433.63; 65231.919.433.64) that are marked as buildings to preserve, but they are not mentioned in the brief as buildings to preserve. Is it allowed to demolish them?


Yes, you can demolish them. Those buildings are secondary and not massive. Please excuse us for this discrepancy.




Is it allowed to redesign the landscape of the Immovable cultural heritage buildings and the Administrative Building of Borosport JSC zoned lands? Is it allowed to change function to these three preserved buildings (65231.919.433.12; 65231.919.433.14; 65231.919.433.57)?


Yes, it is allowed to redesign the landscape of the Immovable cultural heritage buildings and the Administrative Building of Borosport (65231.919.433.12; 65231.919.433.14; 65231.919.433.57). But, NO, it is NOT allowed to change their function (65231.919.433.12; 65231.919.433.14; 65231.919.433.57). Please keep in mind the Tasks on page 21 about the three new zoned lands for the three sites in the territory with sustainable development status.




Would you please specify the meaning of the "3D visualization(s)" as required on Panel 1? Does the visualization necessarily mean a computer produced rendering, or it can also also be a free hand drawing even based on a perspective constructed by a computer program?


The required "3D visualization(s)" on Panel 1 should be illustrative material(s) that explains the project as much as possible.




In the competition scope there are three buildings (Nr.12, Nr.14, Nr.57) that will be preserved. Is there a specific program for them? Is their unfolded build-up area included in the total unfolded build-up area?


The participants are required to create individual plots for buildings 12,14 and 57. It's not required to present a specific program for them. The quoted private buildings already have a functional program - two cultural monuments and a commercial building.





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