43rd Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition

Theme: Architecture Coexisting with World Heritages Site

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type Architecture Idea Competition
Genre Conservation
Country Japan
RegDeadline 25 July 2008 GoogleCal iCal
25 July 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All

Applicants are free to choose any World Heritage Site, however they must make clear the reason for choosing that site. Applicants are also free to select any type of architecture to coexist with the site. There will certainly be many types of architecture, such as information booths, exhibition halls, hotels, restaurants, and viewing platforms. We would like proposals to show how the architecture will interact with the context and practical constraints of the World Heritage site.
Coexistence is not assimilation, nor is it harmony. It is two ideas coming from different premises that come together and raise the overall merit of the project by complementing each other.

I hope the competitors’ proposals will be intellectually enriching and beneficial to the meaning and significance of the World Heritage Site while at the same time present the attractiveness that can be found in contemporary architecture.

Toyo Ito Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
Masaru Okamoto Kume Sekkei Co., Ltd.
Riken Yamamoto Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop
Kiyoshi Sakurai Nikken Sekkei Co., Ltd.
Taro Ashihara Taro Ashihara Architects
Kengo Kuma Kengo Kuma & Associates
Kunito Takahashi Executive Managing Officer. Central Glass Co., Ltd.

Judging Process

First Place (one) : ¥2,000,000
Second Places (three) : ¥300,000
Honorable Mentions (six) : ¥100,000

Entry Fee

sheet of thick drawing paper (600mm×840mm)

Final stage:
The finalists will present their proposals in a public forum in Tokyo on September 29, 2008 and the judges will decide the winner. 100,000 yen will be given to each group from overseas and all travel expenses will be covered for one person of each Japanese group.

Announcement of Winners:
Winners will be announced in the 2008 November issue of “SHINKENCHIKU” and vol. 72 issue of “THE JAPAN ARCHITECT.”

Past winners

Central Glass Co., Ltd.

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