99k House Competition

Son Başvuru Tarihi: 14 Aralık 2007
Teslim Tarihi: 14 Ocak 2008
Web Sitesi: www.the99khouse.com/
This two-stage, international design competition calls for a single family house with up to 1.400 SF, including 3 bedrooms and 1½ - 2 bathrooms, on a 50'' x 100'' site in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward. The winning design should be adaptable to a variety of sites in the area, including 33'' x 90'' lots and 40'' x 100'' lots. The construction budget must be under 99.000 Dollars.

Stage I
All entries must be submitted electronically by January 14, 2008. A distinguished jury will choose three finalists, each of whom will receive a 5.000 Dollars award provided that they commit to continuing to develop their design through construction documents.

Stage II
The three projects chosen for continuation can be refined and the winning entrants must submit construction documents before March 31, 2008. The same jury will review the resubmissions along with pricing provided by a Houston-area home builder. The ultimate winner, who will receive an additional 5.000 Dollars award, will be selected by the jury based on pricing, design, sustainability, and adaptability for reproduction in the Gulf Coast region.

As much as possible this will be a paperless, web-based competition; all entries must be electronic. Registration, Submission instructions, Schedule, Program, Submission Requirements, Rules and Regulations, Jury information, and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers are posted on the competition Web site. Jurors will come together in Houston to view submissions electronically. After the winner is chosen, an exhibition of selected entries will be mounted at the Architecture Center Houston, and a catalog including selected entries and details of the three final projects will be published.

The City of Houston is donating a site for the house through the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority (LARA) initiative.

Houston’s Fifth Ward neighborhood, a residential area east of downtown Houston, is a low-income neighborhood characterized primarily by wood-clad, one-story cottages on raised pier foundations. Established in the late nineteenth century, the Fifth Ward contains small-scale houses with a high ratio of public service amenities such as parks, schools, churches, and community centers. This area has seen recent decay through neglect of homeowners, which has led to many vacant lots and foreclosures.

The neighborhood was selected as the site for The 99K House Competition because the organizers believe that construction of one prototypical affordable house here will initiate neighborhood revitalization. We hope our interest in this neighborhood will encourage low-income families who have left their neighborhood to return. The competition will also address the changing demographic of low-income families in the Gulf Coast region.

Prevailing building heights, massing, and residential uses contribute to a consistent and harmonious character found among the immediate surroundings and should be considered.

Construction costs cannot exceed 99.000 Dollars, as designated by Houston contractors who will provide pricing for the three final proposals. Organizers of the competition believe that this is a realistic budget, given local economic conditions. However, entrants must be aware that the 99K budget includes builder’s overhead and profit, all appliances, hardware, and finishes, and any additional engineering or architectural fees. Logically, hard construction costs of materials and labor should be in the range of 75.000 Dollars.

All entries should recognize that sustainable construction systems and materials will be considered by the jury, who will recognize that through efficient energy use, initial cost can be offset by savings in ongoing utility bills. Energy generated by on-site sustainable technologies can exceed ENERGY STAR® requirements, further contributing to lower overall annual operating costs.

By site positioning, massing, and overall design, building elements can shade otherwise exposed exterior building materials thereby lowering exposure to solar heat gain and baseline energy demands. Exterior shading may also protect exposed building surfaces from ultraviolet light that deteriorates surfaces and increases maintenance costs.

When applying low-maintenance material systems, higher initial cost may provide enhanced long term benefits. Other optimal choices for material systems are those that cause less pollution or contribute less to the non-renewable waste stream. Construction waste should be minimized. Materials and processes that yield a smaller environmental footprint have benefits to both the homeowners and the broader community.

September 2007
Announcement of Competition
14 December 2007 Deadline for Registration
31 December 2007 Deadline for Questions
14 January 2008 Deadline for Entries
01 - 02 February 2008 Jury Deliberation
04 February 2008 Announcement of three finalists
31 March 2008 Deadline for Finalists'' documents
04 April 2008 Winner chosen by Jury
June 2008 Begin construction
October - November 2008 Exhibition, Architecture Center Houston
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