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"Tourist shelter on the mountain of Jeżowa Woda with restaurant and panoramic terraces".

The announcement of a competition for the design of a "Tourist shelter on top of Jeżowa Woda Mountain with a restaurant and panoramic terraces" caused quite a stir and many questions. Given that our rules and regulations require clarification, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Dear Participant - please remember a very important thing - this is not a competition like thousands of others, in which after the award the projects end up in drawers and archives, and the winners of the first prize have to wait years or even decades for their implementation. The shelter will really be built, and the implementation process of the winning project will start as soon as possible after the announcement of the Winner.

  • Who is the competition aimed at?

The competition for a tourist shelter on Jeżowa Woda mountain with a restaurant and viewing terraces is organised for architects, designers, as well as other artists (including university students) and mixed teams (consisting, for example, of the author of the concept and the author of the technical side of the project). It is open to all those who have the knowledge and skills to prepare a project in accordance with the technical guidelines.

  • What criteria must the shelter meet?

The shelter concept must comply with the legally binding Development Conditions for the construction of the shelter, which were issued by the Limanowa Commune and which you can find in the competition appendices at

  • What should the shelter on Jeżowa Woda mountain stand out from other tourist shelters? What does the organiser care about?

First and foremost, the standard of the hostel should be 3 stars +. The design must include, among other things, the form of a small SPA and a restaurant room for banquets of up to 150 people. The top viewing floor should be of a universal character, it should also fulfil the functions of an exhibition room, intended for the organisation of meetings, and a visual (e.g. planetarium) or give the possibility of adapting other functions, such as an amateur astronomical observatory The participants of the Competition may propose other functions.

The designed object should be a place of modern character, with a forward-looking form, while remaining in harmony with the surrounding nature. The highest storey should be above the treetops and be visible from all the nearby peaks, yet dominate the Beskid Wyspowy landscape as little as possible. It is necessary to design a functional and fast lift and a comfortable staircase (or ramp) communication, meeting all the fire conditions for buildings of this height and functionality and the requirements for accessibility for the disabled. It is extremely important that the shelter fits into the fabric of nature and is discreet - not dominating the landscape. The ecological aspect should be on a par with the innovation of the shelter.

What should I focus on in the first stage of the competition? What should I focus on in the first stage of the competition?

In the first stage of the competition, the most important thing is the concept and architectural vision of the body of the building itself and this is what you should focus on first. Details such as the layout of the rooms will be important during the second stage.

  • What should be the standard of the shelter?

The hostel can provide for dormitory-type rooms, but it must also have separate rooms (2- and 3-bed rooms) of the hotel type in the "3 stars +" standard.

  • How many storeys should the shelter have?

The shelter building should consist of two underground storeys, three above-ground storeys and the highest, glazed and roofed viewing storey.

  • If I win the competition, will the facility really be built?

Yes. When organising architectural competitions, the IDEANOVA Foundation always makes sure that the designed buildings really come to life. The planned facility will be built in the Beskid Wyspowy (geographical coordinates: 49°38'18.6 "N 20°25'14.7 "E).

We have already completed, among others, the winning project from the first edition of our Architectural Competition - the Time Capsule ( and an art installation project by a young designer - the Keloscope, which won an award at the Festival of Living Architecture in Montpellier ( The winning project from the second edition of the Competition, the 24-hour Sundial, is in the process of being realised (the detailed design stage), as is the winner of the Audience Award in the same Competition (talks are underway with the city of Łódź regarding the choice of the best location) (

  • What is to be included in the first stage competition design? How much exactly is the object to be designed for?

    Each entry submitted to the first stage of the Competition should consist of a graphic part and a text part (description of the idea):

(a) for the graphic part of the Competition work:

- projections of individual storeys 1:50 or 1:100 (schematic projections are acceptable)

- a minimum of two cross-sections on a scale of 1:200 (schematic cross-sections are acceptable)

- landscaping plan of the surrounding area (plot No. 1040 and possibly additionally the periphery of plot No. 1038, adjacent to plot No. 1040 via a communal road) at a scale of 1:500

- a preliminary visualisation showing the lighting of the site itself and the lighting coming from the site

b) for the textual part of the work (description of the idea), a description on a maximum of two A4 pages in 12 font (up to 5,000 characters).

  • Can you count on technical assistance and get answers to questions about the details of the site?

You can always count on our experts and members of the Competition Jury to help you. If you need it, email us ( or call the Competition Coordinator (+48 600 314 086 or +48 692 422 717). We will be happy to dispel all your doubts. In the second stage of the competition, we also envisage the possibility of organising online group consultations: in the form of audio-conferences with the participation of our experts and selected members of the Jury. The meetings will be held in full anonymity of the Competition Participants. During the first stage, you can count on the support of the competition coordinator and his deputy.

  • In which language are the rules available and in which language should I prepare my project?

The regulations are available in six languages: Polish, English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. The full text of the regulations is only available in Polish, while in the other languages, we have prepared an extract of the regulations.

You can send us your draft in one of the six languages above. Correspondence by e-mail and telephone is conducted exclusively in Polish and English.

  • If I make it to the second stage of the competition, can I count on more help so that I can refine the design as much as possible?

In the first stage of the competition, when designing a tourist shelter, you should present an overall vision. The jury will select between 2 and 5 designs to proceed to the next stage of the competition. Technical assistance will then be intensified. The project that is rated highest by the Jury will win the competition. Consultations with experts and/or members of the Jury will take place in full anonymity of the Competition Participants.

  • If my project wins, what will the cooperation look like to implement the project?

The winning project will definitely be realised. This is why your collaboration with us is essential. Thanks to it, the final result - the finished architectural object - will reflect your vision. The rules of cooperation will be defined in a separate agreement which the Investor will conclude with you if you win the competition.

  • What are the stages of the Competition?

The competition is a two-stage endeavour.

In the first stage, the participant or the design team submits to the Organiser the Competition work completed with a one-page description. Two to five works selected by the Jury will qualify for the next stage. Their authors will be asked to complete their concepts and develop their ideas in more detail. The winner will then be selected by the Jury and an online vote will take place in parallel, followed by the Audience Award. Once the results are announced, preparation for the process of implementing the winning concept will begin.

  • How can I enter the Competition?

Anyone wishing to enter the Competition must register via the form on the Organiser's website ( ).Within two working days of completing the form, the person entering the Competition will receive an email confirmation that their entry has been accepted.

  • Where can I find the results?

The results of the first stage, and thus the list of entries shortlisted for the second stage, will be published on the competition website and through the Organizer The winner of the second stage will be announced at a gala event, then this information will appear on and through the social-media channels of the Organiser.

  • What are the deadlines for submitting projects to the Competition?

The deadline for submitting entries to the Competition and therefore for registration to close will be 31.03.2023. For a further month, you must submit your Competition entry for the first stage electronically by 30.04.2023.

  • What will be given the highest marks in the competition?

The most important goal of the Competition and at the same time the highest scoring parameter will be the architectural vision (which should look into the distant future), but with economic rationality, which should be understood as a design to be realised in the standard technologies currently in use or innovative technologies, but at a cost that can be considered common sense for this type of building.

  • Can I enter a project in the competition that I will prepare with my friends?

Of course! You can prepare a project individually or in a project team. Remember to submit all the members of your team.

  • How can I submit my project to the organisation?

The entry for the first stage of the competition must be sent via email to 30.04.2023. Remember that the date of receipt by the Organiser counts. We will confirm that your work has reached us, in the form of an email containing your individual project number.

  • What will be the evaluation criteria for the competition projects?

The project will be judged on: Coherence of content and form, artistic qualities, timelessness of the architectural idea, functional qualities, scale of the building and its details adequate to the function and diversity of the location, practical feasibility and construction economy.

  • Can I deliver my project to the Foundation office in person?

The acceptance of works is conducted 100% electronically, with full anonymity of participants. This means that you cannot bring your project in person - such works will not be accepted.

  • What are the minimum requirements for tourist shelters in Poland?

The hostels must be located in buildings ensuring that the temperature in the accommodation and common room is maintained at 18 °C, with running cold and hot water, with hot water available for a minimum of two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening, at a set time. The reception of the tourist shelter must be equipped with a telephone available to guests and must provide storage services for money, valuables, luggage and tourist equipment, as well as tourist information (among other things, there must be a board with a concise description of routes leading to neighbouring tourist shelters and towns, generally in the form of a map or diagram, information on public transport timetables from the nearest town, information on imminent dangers and rules on calling for help).

Other services include the sale of basic small hygiene and beauty products, sweets, souvenirs, the possibility to dry clothes in a designated place and a separate stand for minor repairs of tourist equipment, cleaning of clothes and equipment.

In the living area, the minimum area of a room (without a separate bathroom, toilet and hallway) is:

1-person room - 5 m²,

2-person room - 7 m²,

3-person room - 9 m²,

4-person room - 12 m²,

larger than a 4-bed room (4-bed room plus 2.5 m² for each additional person).

Bunk beds are allowed with a room height of min. 2,5 m. The area of the room may then be reduced by 20%.

The number of beds per general hygienic and sanitary facility is (except in rooms having such facilities; in new facilities the hygienic and sanitary facility ratios should be in accordance with the technical conditions for collective housing facilities):

washbasin with mirror and shelf - 20,

WC - 20,

shower - 35,

towel and underwear racks.

The rooms should have the following furniture: a bed (a frame equipped with a mattress with a removable, washable cover is acceptable), a table, a chair or a stool - 1 per person (benches are acceptable), a table or a shelf (next to each bed), a wardrobe or an alcove (in rooms larger than 2 persons, 1 segment for clothes and linen of at least 0.25 m² per person), a non-flammable waste basket and coat hangers.

The hostels must have an eating area offering bar-type meals and a station for preparing and eating meals and for washing up.


Regulation of the Minister of Economy and Labour of 19 August 2004 on hotel facilities and other facilities where hotel services are provided:


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