Shelter Architectural Design Competition

Submission: September 11, 2015
Registration:  September 11, 2015
Language: English, Japanese
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize ¥2,000,000, 2nd Prize ¥500,000, 3rd Prize ¥100,000
Type: Students


Let us think about architecture freely. Expand your perspectives of architecture as flexibly and as broadly as possible, beyond the stereotypes of what architecture is considered to be.

The society that we live in is gradually changing, now accepting a diverse array of values. In such respect, it is becoming increasingly difficult for preconceived building types and functions to respond to our current circumstances. 

As architects we need to listen carefully and humbly, to the voices of people who are in need of architecture. Perhaps for a moment we should set aside the generalities of archi-tecture such as common practices, categorization, and style, and begin to reconsider ar-chitecture from afresh – as if contemplating in a world where all concepts of architecture are absent. 

Thinking about architecture freely, does not mean the creation of building forms that in-dulge in the self-expression of the architect. Rather, it is to think sincerely about the roles and conditions of architecture that are currently sought after and are in need.
To do so, one should perhaps begin by considering what it means to think freely, and whether or not architecture should incorporate past customs and conventional values. One should ask themselves, who architecture is for, whether it is for everyone or for a specific individual. Conceivably then, it is necessary to think of architecture’s constraints and allowances, of how it relates respectively to the past, present, and future, or its rela-tions to the masses and to the individual, and further its considerations of humans and all other aspects as notions of equal importance.

I hope to expect proposals that present new roles and conditions for architecture, that have never previously been imagined.


  1. International Entries are welcomed!
  2. Applicants must be under-graduate or post-graduate students at universities or at tertiary institutions (as on September 11, 2015).Tertiary institutions include: junior colleges, colleges of technology, and other relevant vocational schools.
  3. If selected at the initial private jury, which will be held at Shelter’s HQ offices, applicant must be available to participate in an open presentation (the final jury) to be held in Tokyo on  November 28, 2015 (Saturday). 

※Participants at the open-jury presentation must prepare one A1 sheet presentation board.  
※Transportation and accommodation costs will be paid for one person per entry.


  • Print out the reply email that you receive from the competition office, and glue it to the back of your submission, in the bottom right-hand corner. Write your entry number on the front side of your submission, in the top right-hand corner.
     Diagram showing how to affix entry form and entry number to submission.
  • One A2 sized sheet of paper(594mm×420mm), portrait or landscape. (Please do not mount on rigid panel.)
  • Explanatory texts should be included on the sheet, and can be in Japanese or in English. The types of illustrations and the scale of drawings are to be decided by the entrants. Submitted work must be original, and must not have been published previously.

※We REQUIRE that all submissions by physical, and sent to us by mail or courier.
※We DO NOT accept digital submissions sent by email.
※Submissions can be sent rolled, but must not be folded.
※Submissions will not be returned.


Works must be received at Shelter Design Competition Office no later than September 11.
Due to the large number of applicants, we are unable to individually notify each applicant that we have received their submission.
Confirmation of receipt and the required time for delivery is the responsibility of the individual applicant.

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