Foodorama – A Forum of Food and Culture

Submission: January 4, 2022
Registration: January 3, 2022
Language: English
Location: Japan
Prizes: $24000
Type: Open Competition


The challenge is to design a forum for food and culture that will bring forward diverse palettes condensed into a single built structure. The forum will act as a center for food and culture-related activities. It will be able to host food-related events and exhibitions. The participants are free to choose 5-6 cuisines that are highlighted in the structure. Every cuisine will have a separate wing dedicated to the respective origin culture.

The aim is to showcase varied palettes of food and culture, the commonality that is expressed through a shared interest in food can aim to bring people together. Social interaction must be facilitated in the experiential layout of the center, with directed access and navigation. The structure will become a landmark for food collaborations.

Culture is a complex concept that is inherent to each nation, making them distinctive and interesting. It gives insight into various aspects of the way of life of a community and its growth. The representation of culture is evident in architecture all over the world.

People belonging to the same culture share ideologies, morals, traditions, and stories that bind them into a community. But maintaining this unity over different cultures is a complex task. Diversity has a tendency to push humans towards hostility, causing fragmentation in society.

The ability to appreciate the nuances of other cultures, and understanding the place where they come from, can foster harmony in distinct communities. The culture of every society is manifest through intangible values and tangible mediums of food, clothing, and lifestyle.

How can we achieve cultural unity in diversity through architecture interventions?

A melting pot of food cultures can be created, where the spatial design is able to represent each culture respectfully while enabling human engagement across intangible cultural barriers.

Design Objectives

Concept: The design must be a representation of all food cultures part of the city.

Engage: Visitors must have an immersive food experience through various activities.

Landmark: The visual impact must be exemplary with standout features.

Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic, and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.


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