Shelter International Architectural Design Competition 2014

Submission: September 5, 2014
Registration: September 5, 2014
Language: English or Japanese
Location: General
Prizes: 1st Prize ¥2,000,000 (14.475 €)     2nd Prize ¥500,000 (3.625 €)    3rd Prize ¥100,000 (725 €)
Type: Open competition for architecture students.

Shelter Corporation of Japan invites under-graduate or post-graduate students at universities or at tertiary institutions (including: junior colleges, colleges of technology, and other relevant vocational schools) as of November 15, 2014, to participate in their annual Student Architectural design Competition.

This year’s theme is “Re-considering Shelter”. Go Hasegawa

When we hear the word ‘shelter’ we think of something like a tent, a mountain shed, an air-raid shelter, or a nuclear shelter. A shelter is architecture that is made for a very simple purpose – to protect human beings from harsh nature and from our enemies. While we are there we are protected from storm & rain, wild animals and missiles, and our peace of mind is secure. It is a place of security and safety.

However, we become uncomfortable and weary if we stay too long in such a safe & secure space. Human beings have an urge to communicate with eachother, and with nature, even though nature is unstable and sometimes threatening, and interaction with others can sometimes be rather tiring.

If the conventional idea of a shelter is a place that protects us from nature and enemies, what new type of shelter might we need in the future? In what ways would a re-considered shelter be different from the conventional idea of a shelter, and in what ways would it be the same?

The size and structure of your shelter can be freely decided, and you can locate it in a city or in the wild, but you must clearly describe its context and the ways in which it is used. You must re-consider the purpose of a shelter.


Date: August 6, 2014