Is there an end to architecture? For example, even if a house is designed and completed, the way of living will change depending on the people who live there, and plants in the garden will continue to grow. May also have to deal with climate change, and family formation might change.

Social factors may also be possible. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, the spread of infectious diseases, conflicts in various regions, and other social upheavals force people to change their lifestyles and live accordingly.

Our lives are in constant motion and never ending.
Therefore, we have decided on this year’s theme to be “NEVER ENDING HOUSE”.

The relationship between architecture and time has always been considered from the past, but never ending is not just a matter of time.
It may be imagined in expansion of space, or the way communication is ought to be.

Try to consider “NEVER ENDING HOUSE" from different perspectives.
Looking forward to your submissions.

Ryue Nishizawa

A house called "Never Ending House" could be a private house that is repeatedly extended and remodeled, or an alpinist's tent in the middle of nature, or could be a house continuously growing in imagination, but after all it is something "living" rather than something "dead", and it is an ongoing dynamic existence that encompasses movement. Look forward to architecture and spaces that are dynamic and full of life.

Akihisa Hirata

Designing architecture is also about considering various boundaries. However, creating boundaries is not the essence of architecture. Rather, to overcome the various boundaries, someday not now, somewhere other than here, letting someone other than me flow in may be the essence of architecture.

Yasutaka Yoshimura

There are houses that end. In such a matter as when a person passes, the house is demolished and disappeared without a trace. Renovation is the wisdom to prevent this from happening. Then, what is a Never Ending House? Stop endlessly renovating and propose a house that never ends from the start.

Tatsuya Hatori

What is the end of architecture? Is it to be dismantled and to disappear from memories or records? If you look at architecture as genes, like the genes of extinct organisms, some genes may have never been passed down to this present day.
One of the answers to this question may be to think of an architecture that can steadily and enduringly survive the disasters of the recent years.
What possibilities may be discovered by us humans the short living lives trying to show never ending architecture.
Hoping to see creations of the new genes.

Ryuji Fujimura

Arata Isozaki's view was that architecture is created by "cutting" a structure that changes over time according to some conditions. Today, as the cost of reproducing drawings has decreased due to CAD, and the "history preservation" of data is repeated maybe gaining new freedom. Looking forward to seeing new architectural visions.

Erika Nakagawa

During the discussion on the theme, there were opinions to expect "OWARIGANAI", which means endless in Japanese, to have a different meaning of endlessness than the simple "REPEAT" in English. Perhaps we can seek new definitions or cohesiveness for "HOUSE" itself. Look forward to seeing fresh proposals that touch upon values we do not yet know.

Yukihiro Sohdai

This year marks the half-century anniversary of this competition. The word "ending" recalls negative words such as end, closing, or terminal, but when the word "never" is connected it becomes a strong negation, such as "never end" or "not at all” taken positively. It is easy to imagine a house that will never break, or a house that is exceptionally durable, but please do not stick to this image and free your thoughts.



  • 1st PRIZE [one]
  • 1,000,000yen
  • 2nd PRIZE [one]
  • 500,000yen
  • 3rd PRIZE [one]
  • 300,000yen
  • Merit PRIZE [eight]
  • 100,000yen   each
Total prizes amount :
2,600,000 yen
All above prize money
includes income tax

    The results will be informed to the winners and will be announced in the January 2025 issue of SHINKENCHIKU.
  • Exhibition

    Exhibition will be held at AIJ building in Tokyo Japan:
    Feb. 10th(Mon)-Feb. 13th(Thu), 2025



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A registration number and applicaion form will be issued by email after the registration is properly completed.

One registration number is only valid for one submission. For multiple submissions, register multiple times to receive individual registration number for each submission.

The Competition office cannot make any changes on the application form for the participants, if any changes or mistakes in registration occur, re-registration is required.


Use one sheet of thick drawing paper (like Kent paper) of A2-Size (420mm x 594mm).

Thin paper such as imitation vellum-paper should not be used since easy to break when opening the envelope.

Paper mounted onto a panel or frame will not be accepted.


All works should represent the theme just by drawings or pictures.
Explanation in words should be kept to a minimum.

Drawings can be block plan, floor plan, elevation view, cross-section view, perspective view, model photo, etc.

You may use blue print, pencil, ink, color, photos, print etc. at your discretion.

Registration number & Application form

How to submit?

Send your submission to the address below.

Nisshin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Attn. : Design Competition Office
2F, 2-23-4 Senju-Azuma, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, 120-0025, Japan
Phone : +81-3-3882-2613

Submissions will be accepted only through mail delivery. UPS, EMS, DHL or any other overseas mailing service will be accepted.

Submissions can be packed in any form, though preferred to be sent flat to avoid rolling or damage.

All costs for submission such as shipping, delivery, tax, insurance etc. will be borne by the entrant.

If any charges or payment occurs when arriving at the competition office, the submission will be returned to the sender or to be held at the shipping company by sender’s expense.

Competition office will not be responsible for any lost submission while shipping. Confirmation for submission arrival will not be answered by the competition office.

Additional information

  • The sponsors will not answer any questions about the theme.
  • All entries should not have been published or shown to public before in whole or in part including social media.
  • Entries should not be submitted simultaneously to any other competitions. Entries submitted to other competitions will be disqualified.
  • Competition entries must not infringe the copyright of any other works either in whole or in part. For example do not use images from magazines, books or websites.
  • If suspicion of infringement is found, the winning prize will be revoked by the sponsors.
  • If infringement or any other problem is found after announcement of the winning prizes, all the relevant responsibilities must be assumed by the entrants.
  • Change of application contents by the entrant after winning announcement will not be accepted.
  • Do not publish your submission in any form in whole or in part including social media until after the winners are announced on the competition web site.
  • The winners must not publish the winning works in anyway including social media until public announcement is made in the SHINKENCHIKU magazine.
  • Copyrights on the entries will remain to the property of the entrants, but the sponsors will reserve the right to publish the winning entries in magazines and other media.
  • Competition entries will not be returned. Travel expenses for attending the award ceremony is borne by the entrant. Any other questions not listed in this competition page will be answered by e-mail only.



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