ReSpace|Porch Competition Brief
You Design It! We Build It!
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, PlanetReuse, Empire Properties, and the American Institute of Architects North Carolina Triangle Section are pleased to announce the ReSpace Competition. This design contest is an effort to raise awareness of reusable materials while showcasing creative and successful small space designs inspired by reuse. The ReSpace Competition asks designers to approach the process of designing a small accessory building with an emphasis on the material “ingredients” that will shape it.
II. Competition Themes
There are two central themes of the ReSpace Competition which should inform every competition entry:
- Successful Incorporation of Reuse Materials
The ReSpace Competition seeks designers who will take up the cause of material reuse and show how it can be successfully integrated into architectural design.
The use of salvaged or surplus building materials will become increasingly important as our sensitivity to embodied energy grows. Embodied energy is an accounting methodology which aims to find the sum total of the energy necessary for an entire product life-cycle. This life-cycle includes raw material extraction, transport, manufacture, assembly, installation, disassembly, and decomposition. The reuse of products and materials not only saves energy that would otherwise be spent extracting and transporting raw materials, but also makes the energy-consuming manufacturing process unnecessary. The architecture community has yet to wholly embrace reused building materials despite being potential leaders in this movement.
- Exceptional Design Quality of a Community Gathering Place
The ReSpace Competition seeks designers who will employ exceptional design in using architecture and landscape to create a community gathering place.
Hope House is a non-profit ministry of the Friendship Chapel Baptist Church that provides a facility for community outreach to the inner city of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Hope House’s many community programs are stretching the limits of its current facility, but there is opportunity to move some programs outside and stage them in an underutilized landscape. A mix of architectural intervention and landscape reorganization can increase Hope House’s visibility within the neighborhood and create a new community gathering place.
North Carolina and the southeast region of the United States have a strong design heritage for gathering spaces that blur the distinctions between indoors and outdoors, architecture and landscape. The ReSpace Competition provides designers with an opportunity to both learn from and contribute to this heritage through thoughtfulness, innovation, and creativity. Entrants must put emphasis on how exceptional design can serve the community functionally, but also how it can inform or enhance the interactions that constitute “community gathering.”
The ReSpace Competition is open to entrants from any geographic area, age group, and disciplinary background. Anyone who is able to pay the entry fee and meet the submission requirements by the stated deadline is welcome—and encouraged—to participate. All entrants will be categorized into two groups for the purpose of registration and fees, as outlined in Section X: Registration. The ReSpace Competition welcomes individuals as well as group entrants.
Members of the jury, competition volunteers, and staff of sponsoring organizations are ineligible for the competition.
IV. Original Projects
Competition submissions must be original and developed specifically and exclusively for the ReSpace Competition. If at any point during the course of the competition an entry fails to meet this requirement, it is subject to disqualification.
V. Design Criteria
What will the Competition Jurors be looking for? The central mission of this competition is to use the design of a small accessory building as a vehicle to understanding material reuse in building construction and the design process required to successfully integrate these elements during conception. The final Build will be used by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County ReStore to showcase the possibilities of designing and building with reuse in mind. As the two central themes of the competition, the entries will be judged heavily on the implementation of reuse material and the overall design of the building. The goals of each entry should consider, but are not limited to, the criteria listed below; consider one, all, or none of them, but understand this is how each entry will be judged:
- General Design Quality: does the design exceed the basic aesthetic and functional requirements one might have for a small accessory building? The idea submitted should be original and creative, and the presentation should be presented graphically in a way that is compelling and clearly communicates the overall concept. Both the exterior and interior of the space should make successful use of design principles such as form, balance, and proportion—it has to serve a purpose and look good doing it.
- Creative Reuse of Materials: does the design exhibit ingenuity in the application of reuse materials? A successful project will be one that clearly demonstrates a resourceful approach toward reuse materials both in the design thought as well as the final implementation of materials. There are no stated quantities or percentage requirements, but the most successful designs will depict convincing, compelling, and significant application of reuse materials. We’re not asking you to have 100% reuse materials in your design, but if you do—and can do it well—you’ve found what this competition is all about.
- Adaptability to Change: can this design be built using available reuse resources? The Grand Prize winning design will be built of items from the Raleigh ReStore, and contestants should keep this in mind as they develop their design. Specific proposed building materials should be allowed some flexibility based on availability, and the central ideas of the design should be strong enough to remain intact through this process. For example, does the design dictate that your three windows need to be exactly 24” x 24”, or do they all just need to be the same size?
- Constructability: can this design be built? A successful design should not only be physically possible, but also reasonably reproducible. While creative, the means of assembly should be ones commonly accepted. Construction of the designed space should not require unnecessary alteration or waste of materials, and care should be taken during research and design to accommodate the intended materials and modularity. Our Build Team is the best, but performing miracles and defying physics are not part of this competition.
- Intended Use: the competition specifies programmatic requirements for the accessory building in the Program Requirements section to follow. The most successful design solutions will be those that can accommodate the full range of uses that Hope House has described, but also offer flexibility, adaptability, and opportunities for use that the ministry has perhaps not even considered. The program requirements are not a mere checklist, they are a jumping-off point to creative consideration of how this accessory building can best serve Hope House.
Competitors should also consider the following design contexts inherent in the chosen site in Wake Forest, North Carolina:
- Climatic Context: North Carolina and the southeast region of the United States have a strong design heritage for gathering spaces that blur the distinctions between indoors and outdoors, architecture and landscape. Many public buildings and homes in the South have porches. These spaces create micro-climates which maximize the positive impacts of passive elements to shield inhabitants from the heat in the summer and from chilling breezes in the winter. Holding events in these spaces is possible in all but the most extreme seasons because of the relatively moderate climate of the region. A successful design will take maximum advantage of passive elements and create a design which is usable throughout as much of the year as possible.
- Cultural Context: Porches are not just open to the environment, but also to the surrounding community. There is a great southern tradition of people sitting on porches to greet and communicate with those who pass by. The use of front porches for gatherings is a cultural signifier that events are open to everyone in the neighborhood. In this way, expanding the Hope House's ability to offer outside events will make their programs more visible within the community they are trying to reach.
- Neighborhood Context: The site is located in an area of Wake Forest, North Carolina which is under the Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance and the winning design will have to be accepted upon review by the Appearance Review Board. A successful design will find a way to satisfy these requirements while using salvaged materials to create a design that offers a space which not only satisfies the existing programmatic requirements of the Hope House but will also open up new possibilities for programs and services.
VI. Program Requirements
Hope House is a non-profit ministry that provides a facility for outreach in the inner city of Wake Forest, located at 334 North Allen Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587. It is a resource for youth and those with special needs, providing evangelistic outreach and Bible study, direct services to the youth of the community, and benevolent needs of the community. Hope House is a ministry of the Friendship Chapel Baptist Church.
Hope House offers the following programs:
- Homework Assistance
- Children’s Christmas Angel Tree Program
- Clothing Giveaway
- Child ID Program (in partnership with BJ’s of Raleigh)
- Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Sessions
- Community Fun Day/Book Bag Giveaway
- Bible Studies
- Read and Feed (http://www.readandfeed.org/)
The ultimate, long-term goal for Hope House is to put an addition onto their existing 640-square foot structure, which was built in the early 1970’s as a private residence. While an addition is outside the scope of the ReSpace Competition, Hope House would benefit in the meantime by having a separate accessory space to help with storage and assist with the various outdoor functions the ministry provides in the open space of their adjacent lot. This accessory building is the focus of the ReSpace Competition.
Discussions with the leaders of the Hope House ministry led to the following list of guidelines for the accessory building, below:
The accessory building for Hope House MUST meet the following program criteria:
- Provide securable, dry storage space that can accommodate folding tables, folding chairs, boxes, and other items that could be useful for events or seasonal activities.
- Provide a covered area for shade.
- Provide a place to set up tables and/or counters for the distribution of food, clothing, and other items related to their programs.
The design of the accessory building SHOULD be informed by the following programmatic possibilities:
- Acting as a place to cook or barbeque and serve food during community events.
- Acting as a stage for gatherings or music events.
- Acting as a gathering place for Read & Feed meetings, particularly in the summer and fall months.
- Acting as a shaded meeting area for seniors.
- Acting as a space of personal reflection.
Competition participants should consider ways to maximize the usage of the space by moderating climate effects in the hottest parts of summer and the colder parts of fall. Entrants are encouraged to research the climate of Wake Forest (just 20 miles north of Raleigh, North Carolina) and familiarize themselves with vernacular architectural solutions to maintaining comfortable use of indoor and outdoor spaces. Designs should allow Hope House to take full advantage of the temperate climate of the southeastern United States.
VII. Technical Considerations
Competition participants must embrace the challenge of developing a design which successfully responds to the requirements of local ordinances and guidelines for the Town of Wake Forest. As noted in the Design Criteria, above, the winning design will be subject to the Town’s recently adopted Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), established on July 16, 2013, and therefore, participants should gain familiarity with the document and its provisions. A full PDF version of the ordinance and associated maps can be found at the Town’s website, http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/udo.aspx. Using the UDO guidelines, ReSpace has established competition boundaries for entrants to follow while designing their accessory building. These boundaries have been outlined in the site plan compiled by ReSpace at the end of the competition brief using a base plan from Wake County iMaps, a web-based mapping application available for free use at http://www.wakegov.com/gis/imaps/pages/default.aspx.
Below is a list of design standards extracted from the Wake Forest UDO that are especially relevant to this competition—though this is not an exhaustive list and should not be used in lieu of the full UDO:
- The accessory building must not exceed 600 square feet in area.
- Front porches, if provided, must be at least 4 feet in average depth.
- Provide one zero-step entrance to the building from an accessible path at the front, side or rear.
- Flat roofs are permitted.
- No unfinished concrete block permitted.
- No vinyl or metal siding shall be attached to any side of the building that is visible from a public street.
- Materials to be of low reflectance earth tone, muted, subtle or neutral colors.
- Building trim may feature brighter accent colors.
- The use of high-intensity, metallic, fluorescent, day glow, or neon colors shall be prohibited.
- Expanses of blank walls (no windows) facing a street may not exceed 20 feet in length.
- At least 15% of the area of each facade that faces a street lot line must be windows or main entrance doors. (Glass block does not meet this standard.)
It is important to note that the ReSpace Competition does not expect entrants to be (or become) Wake Forest code experts, nor is it intended that the application of ordinance provisions be a deterrent to innovative ideas or design concepts. When evaluating entries, however, the Competition Jury and Build Team will give consideration to how a design accommodates the requirements set forth by the UDO. Those entries that are successful in addressing the Design Criteria outlined above AND respond to the provisions and intent of the UDO will be seen as more successful designs overall. The Build Team has the ultimate goal and responsibility of developing an accessory building for Hope House that is code compliant and accepted by the Town’s Appearance Review Board, so facilitating those approvals is a very real design consideration.
The administrators of the ReSpace Competition are also not code experts, but will endeavor to faithfully answer questions of code interpretation during the Question and Answer Period, described below, and will consult the Build Team and Wake Forest authorities for assistance as possible. Additional ordinance-related information that could assist entrants will be posted on the ReSpace website for all competitors to review if it becomes available.
Hope House and the ReSpace Competition administrators have also developed the following technical considerations:
- The accessory building MUST be provided with electrical service. The structure MAY be designed to include additional services including plumbing and air conditioning, but these additional services should not be a critical feature of the building’s design.
- The design of the accessory building MUST accommodate universal access. This accessory building will often function as a community meeting place, and therefore must provide access and usability to a public with a wide range of physical abilities.
- The design of the accessory building MUST make responsible accommodation for the safety of occupants, including passive or active air ventilation and safe egress in case of fire where these are not defined explicitly by the Town’s UDO.
- The accessory building MAY use expandable, collapsible, foldable, or removable design features to provide programming flexibility, but these features MUST be securable to the overall structure when it is not in operation to prevent accidents or vandalism.
Please DO NOT, for the sake of Hope House and the community it serves, and for fairness amongst competitors from all around the world, contact the Hope House ministry, the Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, the staff or patrons of either, or visit the site. The ministry is involved in very important community service and is NOT prepared to field questions or host tours. All competitors must rely solely on the information in this competition brief, information posted on the ReSpace web site, and their own personal research. Any entrant that contacts the ministry or trespasses on the site will be disqualified immediately.
VIII. Submission Requirements
All entrants must digitally submit a single graphic board of their design, in either landscape or portrait orientation, in the following size: 30” x 42” (ARCH E1 sheet size). Each entry is only allowed one single graphic board. Submission of multiple boards for a single entry will result in disqualification. Each entry board must include the following materials:
- Drawings, images, and graphics that describe the physical form, character, and features of the design. Images should illustrate the proposed material palette wherever practical. At a minimum, the board must include a plan view, an exterior view, and an interior view.
- Text describing the design concept, the intended use or uses of the space, the most significant design elements and features, and any other narrative information that the entrant considers pertinent in explaining the project and relating the design to the Design Criteria established in Section V. The text should not exceed 300 words and must be integrated into the design board.
Entrants are encouraged, but not required, to provide additional graphics or text on the design board to describe their design intent, which may include:
- section views
- axonometric views
- inspiring quotes
- captions and additional annotation
Please refer to Section XIV: Submission Procedures and Rights of Use for additional information about submitting digital boards.
IX. ReSpace Competition Schedule
January 20, 2014 - Registration Opens
February (TBD) - ReStore Tour, Presentation and Q+A (Raleigh location)
February 20 - Registration Closes
February 21 - Question and Answer Period Opens, Late Registration Opens
March 21 - Question and Answer Period Closes
April 20 - Submission Deadline, Late Registration Closes
Late April (TBD) - Competition Jury
May (TBD) - Award Announcement
Summer 2014 - ReSpace Build
Fall 2014 - Hope House Ribbon-cutting
To enter the ReSpace Competition, pay the entry fee via PayPal and complete the online registration form at http://www.ReSpace.org/participate/ by 11:59pm EDT on February 20, 2014. Entrants may submit more than one entry, but each design must be unique and will require a separate entry fee and username. Teams comprised of students with non-students must submit under the General category. There will also be a late registration period as described below.
- General Registration Rate: $50.00 US
- Discounted Student Registration Rate: $25.00 US
- Late Registration Rate: $50.00 US for Students, $75.00 US for General Entrants. Late registration will begin at 12:00am EDT on February 21, 2014 and continue through 11:59pm EDT on April 20, 2014
A unique identifying username will be assigned to each registrant after payment is processed.
- This username should be included in the lower right corner of the submitted design board, in a legible font at a readable size.
- The only identifying mark allowed on your submission is the username assigned at registration. Any other identifying text or marks such as entrant’s names, design firms, or title blocks could lead to disqualification.
XI. Competition Announcements
In the event that an announcement must be made to all entrants, an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address provided at registration. The e-mail message will have a secure and anonymous distribution list. The announcement will also be posted at http://www.ReSpace.org. Entrants are encouraged to check the competition web site frequently.
Any edits or updates to this competition brief that may be necessary after the registration period has begun will be posted at http://www.ReSpace.org. An e-mail will be sent to all current registered entrants informing them of the updated competition brief.
XII. Raleigh ReStore Open House, Presentation and Q+A
The Habitat for Humanity of Wake County ReStore in Raleigh, North Carolina, will host a public open house event in early February 2014, which will include a tour of the ReStore and a presentation on material reuse in contemporary design. AIA Continuing Education credits will be provided by AIA Triangle Section. Attendance at the open house is optional for competition entrants. Check http://www.ReSpace.org for information on the event.
XIII. Question and Answer Period
Entrants are given a defined time period to ask the ReSpace Competition specific questions for interpretation or elaboration of competition criteria, requirements, procedures, and intent. This period will begin at the close of competition registration at midnight on February 21, 2014, and continue until 11:59pm on March 21, 2014. The following procedures will be used for the Question and Answer Period:
- Questions should be submitted via the online contact form available at http://www.ReSpace.org/questions/. Only registered entrants will be able to ask questions and must be signed in to the website to access the question form.
- After a question is submitted, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the inquirer’s provided e-mail address indicating that their question has been received.
- Questions submitted Monday through Thursday will be answered no later than 5:00pm that Friday. Questions submitted Friday through Sunday will be answered by 5:00pm the following Monday.
- Answers will be posted online by the times indicated above, so that all entrants have access to the answers simultaneously. An e-mail will be sent to the original inquirer informing them that their question has been answered and is available for review online. A copy of the submitted question will accompany each answer on the competition web site.
- Questions asked by entrants outside the Question and Answer Period will be judged by the competition administrators as appropriate or inappropriate for general contact, and those deemed inappropriate will not be answered. Entrants will be notified if their question has been rejected.
General inquiries about the competition from non-entrants are not limited to the Question and Answer Period and should be submitted using the contact form on the web site. Please see Section XIX: Contact for more information.
XIV. Submission Procedures and Rights of Use
Designs must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on the posted deadline, April 20, 2014. A web-based file drop box will be provided at http://www.ReSpace.org/submissions on the evening of March 21, 2014. Entrants may upload their submissions at any time after the drop box is available up to the deadline indicated above. The following rules apply to design submissions:
- The only identifying mark allowed on your submission is the unique identifying username assigned to you at registration. This username should be included in the lower right corner of the submitted design board, in a legible font at a readable size.
- The submitted file must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF).
- The file size is limited to 20 Megabytes maximum and should be saved at the highest resolution possible within that limit.
- The format for the file name should be username_board.pdf, for example:
- All submissions must be digitally uploaded as a single PDF file using the provided form located at http://www.ReSpace.org.
By submitting your design to the ReSpace Competition you signal that you have read and agree to the following terms:
- You agree that the ReSpace LLC and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County may use the entrant’s design documentation for any purpose, in any medium, in any locale at our sole discretion, with no further compensation or approvals.
- Should your design win, you grant permission for ReSpace LLC to use the winner’s name, pictures taken at events, submitted images and text, as well as any images taken as part of the documentation of the contest, build, auction, installation of the design, or any other aspect of the competition.
- You release all affiliated ReSpace Competition organizations from the responsibility of any late, lost, or misdirected entries, and assume the responsibility of maintaining duplicate files of all submitted materials.
- You agree that the winner retains intellectual property of their original design concept only; Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and ReSpace LLC will retain rights to the final design developed and built by the ReSpace Competition Build Team, and you agree that the final design may be sold, recreated, or represented in any way required for this year’s contest or future marketing and fundraising efforts, without additional consent, compensation, review, or approval beyond the approval granted by this submission.
- You agree to give the ReSpace Build Team the following rights: to interpret your design and construct it in a manner according to their ability; to have the final determination on which interpretation and building methods are logistically possible; to make substitutions, as they determine they are required, in materials and dimensions based on reuse material availability, available construction budget, and the construction parameters of the build site.
- National, state, and local code requirements may result in certain aspects of the design being altered for compliance.
- You agree to assume the responsibility for any tax implications of receiving competition prize money.
- You agree to release ReSpace LLC and Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and any other associated groups of any responsibility for personal injury as part of the building process for your design and any transportation of the design for contest related display.
- You agree that all contest rules are subject to the rules and restrictions of the laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina.
A total of $2,000.00 US has been allocated as prize money for the ReSpace Competition awards. Awards will be granted in two stages, as described below:
- Stage 1, Competition Jury: The jury of professionals introduced above will be convened after the final submission date to review all entries. The jury is tasked with selecting three different designs they determine to merit award recognition based on the design criteria established in this competition brief. A total of $1,500.00 US will be distributed evenly to each of the selected entries, which will be deemed Award Finalists. The jury will have discretion to identify and acknowledge other designs for non-monetary Honorable Mention awards.
- Stage 2, Build Team: the ReSpace Build Team will be tasked with selecting an Award Finalist design that will be constructed during a Build. The Build Team will choose from amongst the designs selected for monetary prizes by the Competition Jury. The design selected by the Build Team will be awarded an additional $500.00 US, will be deemed the competition Grand Prize Winner, and will become the basis of design for the Build Team in their Build.
XVII. The ReSpace Build
In the final phase of the ReSpace Competition, the Grand Prize Winner’s design will be constructed out of materials from the Habitat for Humanity of Wake County ReStore in Raleigh, North Carolina. This will be an exciting chance for the winner to see their design developed, constructed and presented. The winning designer is encouraged to attend the Build and be as involved as possible. The ReSpace Build is tentatively planned for the summer of 2014.
Building with reuse materials requires a designer to hold on to central design ideas while adapting to a continually changing palette of salvaged materials. The ReSpace Build will be an opportunity to experience this balance, with the assistance of the Build Team. Every attempt will be made to maintain the integrity of the original design, though the Build Team will have final determination in decisions, as they are aware of the materials and methods available for the project’s construction during the Build.
A number of groups and individuals deserve acknowledgement for their help and support of the ReSpace Competition. First, much appreciation goes to the leadership of the co-sponsoring organizations for their continued support of this endeavor: Habitat for Humanity of Wake County Raleigh Restore, PlanetReuse, Empire Properties, and the American Institute of Architects Triangle Section, particularly AIA Triangle’s Young Architects Forum. The competition jury members certainly deserve heartfelt thanks for their time and expertise in evaluating the entries and distributing the award prizes. We want to thank the Friendship Chapel Baptist Church for working with ReSpace and Habitat for Humanity in providing a new facility for their Hope House ministry. Finally, we want to acknowledge the individual dedication and efforts of the competition steering committee: Joel Lubell, Paul Lipchak, Rebecca Morris, and Matthew Szymanski from ReSpace LLC, with continued moral support by Katrina Lamberto and Heather Rule.
All general contact with the ReSpace Competition administrators should be initiated through the online contact form at http://www.ReSpace.org/contact. Subsequent communication will be through e-mail responses to the provided e-mail address only. All specific competition-related questions from entrants during the defined Question and Answer Period must be submitted as described in Section XIII: Question and Answer Period.
XX. Site Plan
A basic site plan is included at the end of this competition brief for reference. It is NOT a requirement that this plan be used in any of the graphics represented on an entrant’s submission board. A photo gallery of the site is available on the ReSpace website at http://www.respace.org/gallery. Look for the gallery titled “Hope House.”
ReSpace encourages entrants to explore all resources at their disposal for finding additional reliable information on the site. Entrants are reminded, however, that contacting the Hope House, Friendship Chapel Baptist Church, their staff or patrons, or visiting the site in Wake Forest is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Please respect the hard work done at Hope House by allowing the ministry to continue without interruption.