The Home of Man

Since last year living in a COVID-19 calamity, the maximum priority in our society now is preventing and spreading of infectious disease, which is giving us many constraints in our daily actions. It is well understandable for our daily lives to be supervised but at the same time quite suppressing.

Under a situation which is unusual, diversity is declined and many subjects which had been questioned has shadowed below as it has fallen into oblivion. In The Home of Man (1977), by Le Corbusier and Francois de Pierrefeu, shows aspirational plans to reconstruct the city of Paris vandalized by the Nazis during evacuation in World War II.

Now it seems crucially important for us too, to seek positive and essential proposals beyond COVID19. Therefore, this time the theme became “The Home of Man”. The proposals could be facilities from our surroundings, ideal city plans, or may even be institutional.

Proposals should be broad ideas that go far beyond what just a home is.
We look forward to your proposals.

“The Home of Man” can be taken literally, or could be ideas for city planning like Le Corbusier, or maybe it could be taken as a large world forming an eco-system for all lifeforms. In any case, it could predict the future for what our society should aim. Think freely to introducing a world for life of what human beings deserve.

― Ryue Nishizawa

Today post human and de-anthropocentrism is rumored,
try reconsidering what “human” is. Just like “Nature” is not understood straightforward, “human” is not insurmountable or easily understood. Human will always continue being an attractive mystery. The reason because, we are all human too.

― Akihisa Hirata

To think about “The Home of Man”, one should first define human. Maybe to the people of Renaissance it was proportional, or an ethologist may say it is a vehicle for DNA. A geologist might say a conqueror of the latest geologic time. Looking forward to seeing novel but sharable definitions of what human is for architects living in this age.

― Yasutaka Yoshimura

Since we were made to change our lifestyles globally, people are beginning to comprehend that our life would never be the same as it was. Although changes were always made irreversible, it has never happened worldwide like this time. Anticipating to seeing what kind of newness will be found based on irreversible change or the way of thinking what human is.

― Tatsuya Hatori

In the society under COVID-19, the conflict between ZOE “bare life” and BIOS “a particular mode of life” described by Giorgio Agamben is radicalized. To control the infectious diseases, society demands the management of ZOE, and the existence of BIOS is threatened. Please draw ideas of “The Home of Man” as from now by imagining “Nest of the man” or “House of the animal”.

― Ryuji Fujimura

The spread of COVID-19 has not only changed our lifestyles but is also trying to change the one’s sense of values. However, this could be a great chance for us to stop and rethink what “living” is. Looking forward to seeing many ideas to leading a lively discussion.

― Yukihiro Sohdai


First Prize

Sota EndoYokohama National University

Chen YuZeYokohama National University

Shun WatanabeYokohama National University

Second Prize

Hikaru OishiChiba University

Sawa RyoChiba University

Third Prize


Ten HyakutakeFreelance

Merit Prize


FARAH ALIZA  BADARUDDINMike Foxtrot Imaginarium

Merit Prize

Mihiro TakenakaNational Institute of Technology, Oyama College

Merit Prize


YUPENG GAOThe University of Melbourne (MSD)

YUTONG JINThe University of Melbourne (MSD)

Merit Prize

ANNE GROSSStudio GROSS+PHD Student Tokyo Institute of Technology



Merit Prize

Hiroaki YamaneHiroshima Institute of Technology

Yuki IwaoFreelance

Merit Prize

Hayato KotakeShibaura Institute of Technology

Merit Prize

Ryohei KikuchiTokyo Institute of Technology

Shota SugiyamaShinshu University

Tomoya KobayashiInitiative for Global Arts & Sciences

Merit Prize

Hayao OdagiriFreelance

Mari TakahashiStudio Mark Randel

Winners Exhibition

Place AIJ l Gallery
Address AIJ building 1F, 26-20, Shiba 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0014
Feb.14th 2022 (Mon) 12:00am~7:30pm
Feb.15th 2022 (Tue) 9:00am~7:30pm
Feb.16th 2022 (Wed) 9:00am~7:30pm
Feb.17th 2022 (Thu) 9:00am~4:00pm


  • 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 2022 issue of SHINKENCHIKU.
  • Exhibition will be held at AIJ building in Tokyo Japan: Feb. 14th(Mon)-Feb. 17th(Thur), 2022

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Submissions must arrive in the competition office by the time stated
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Nov 29 2021 Award ceremony
Jan 2022   Public announcement will be made in the 2022 January issue of SHINKENCHIKU


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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.


Ryue Nishizawa


Yasutaka Yoshimura


Akihisa Hirata


Tatsuya Hatori


Ryuji Fujimura


Yukihiro Sohdai


Media Partners

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Registration Closed

on 1st October 2021