Sponsors:Fukuoka Jisho Co., Ltd. Fukuoka Realty Co., Ltd.
 Co-sponsor:Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.   

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Application Guideline

Competition Format

Open-call idea competition (two-stage screening format, including final public screening)


Chief Judge
Shohei Shigematsu
OMA Partner/Director of OMA New York
Masataka Baba
President, Open A Ltd. / Professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design
Chiaki Hayashi
Co-Founder of Loftwork
Michiaki Matsushima
Editor-in-Chief of WIRED JAPAN
Ichiro Enomoto
President and C.E.O, Fukuoka Jisho Co., Ltd.

Prize Money

Grand Prize
Award of Excellence
¥500,000 each
Honorable Mention
¥100,000 each
 *All winnings include tax.

Judging Method

Judging will be conducted in a two-stage screening format. In the first screening, six entries will be selected out of all applications. The second screening will be held publicly, and after presentations of the six entries that have passed, Q&A, and judging, recipients of the Grand Prize, Awards of Excellence, and Honorable Mentions will be decided then and there.

Qualifications for Application

You must be under the age of 40 at the time of the submission deadline (when applying as a group, this applies to each member).
We are accepting applications from both within and outside Japan. You are also welcome to apply as a group, or individually.


July 1st 2020 (Wed) 
Open for registration & applications

November 4th 2020 (Wed) 
Registration & application deadline

Late November 2020
Initial screening

Early December 2020
Announcement of entries that have passed the initial screening (on this website)

February 2021
Final public screening & award ceremony
* We will inform you as soon as that schedule has been decided.

April 1st 2021 (Thu)
Announcement of results
(in the April 2021 issue of Shinkenchiku and on this website)

How to Register

To apply for this competition, please register from this website in advance. After entering and sending the information required, a registration number will be issued to you via e-mail. Please record and save this registration number, as you will need it when applying.
・We are unable to respond to inquiries regarding your registration number after it is issued.
・If you are submitting multiple entries, you must register for each entry.
・Registration for application is only available on this website.

Deadline for Registration & Entry Submission

Must arrive by November 4th 2020 (Wed)
*We will only accept submissions by post. Submissions may not be hand-delivered or received via motorcycle courier.

Initial Screening

Please submit under the following specifications.

What to Submit
One single-sided A1 size (594 x 841mm) sheet of paper (Kent or similar thick paper), horizontal orientation. Avoid thin paper such as tracing paper, as it is easily damaged upon opening. Entries in frames or on panels will not be accepted.
In addition, please submit a CD-R or DVD-R containing a PDF file of the contents of your entry.
Please save the file name as “[registration number].pdf”.
Example: If your registration number is 00173, save as “00173.pdf”.

Inclusion of Registration Number
Front: In the lower right corner of your entry, clearly write your registration number in a font size of 30 or higher (do not include any applicant-identifying information other than the registration number).
Back: blank paper.

We will not respond to inquiries regarding the theme. Applicants must make their own judgements on issues not covered by the requirements.

Address Submissions to:
Fukuoka International Architectural Design Competition Officials (must be specified)
Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.
Kasumigaseki Bldg. 17F, 3-2-5 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-6017
Tel: 03-6205-4382
*Submissions may not be hand-delivered or received via motorcycle courier.

*Please refer to the “What We’re Looking For” section for submission details.

For inquiries, please contact

Announcement of Initial Screening Results

Early December 2020
In addition to notifying entrants who have passed, we will announce the results on this website.

Announcement of Final Results

The results will be announced in the April 2021 issue of Shinkenchiku and on this website.

Final Screening

The final screening will be held publicly. After presentations of the six entries that pass the initial screening, Q&A with the judges, and judging, recipients of the Grand Prize, Awards of Excellence, and Honorable Mentions will be decided then and there.  
*If an entrant who passed the initial screening is absent from the final screening, they will not be selected.

What to Submit
PowerPoint or other materials for presentation. The six entrants that pass the initial screening will be notified of the details when the results are announced.

Date     February 2021
    *We will inform you as soon as that schedule has been decided.
Venue  Fukuoka Growth Next (2-6-11 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka)
     Audience members will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis (*free admission).
     Details on applying for admission will be posted on this website in mid-December.

Transportation Expenses
Those who pass the initial screening will be provided with transportation expenses (and accommodation if necessary) in order to participate in the final screening. Participants from within Japan will be provided the actual cost up to ¥100,000, and participants from overseas will be provided the actual cost up to ¥200,000, to be paid to a representative (we will transfer the expenses in a lump sum along with prize money).

Announcement of Final Results

The results will be announced in the April 2021 issue of Shinkenchiku and on this website.

Other Information

・Entries must be unpublished.
・Entries will not be returned.
・If your registration information changes, please obtain a new registration number.
・Applications must not infringe on any copyrights, patents, utility models, rights of likeness, publicity rights, rights to reputation, rights to privacy, or other rights held by a third party.
・If a copyright infringement or any other doubts have been discovered after winning, the entrant shall be held fully responsible. In such case, prizes may be withdrawn at the discretion of the organizers.
・Copyright of entries to this competition belong to the entrants, however the right to publicize the entries is held by the organizers/sponsors.
・Personal information obtained for this competition will be used for the purposes of use described in the privacy policies below, including management of the competition, subcontracting design and planning, etc., and will not be transferred or resold to any third party. For more details on the handling of personal information, please refer to the privacy policies of each company below.

Fukuoka Jisho Co., Ltd. Privacy Policy1

Fukuoka Realty Co., Ltd. Privacy Policy

Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd. Privacy


Competition Target Area


The Residential Suites Fukuoka
The Residential Suites Fukuoka has been in operation since 1992, as a residence for mid- to long-term stay. It is familiar to those transferring to Fukuoka from other prefectures or overseas. This will be the site for this competition.

Location 1-3-70 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-shi
Site Area 18,207.59m2
Site Coverage 80%
Floor Area Ratio 200% (36,415.18m2)
Zoning Category II residential zone

You can download blueprints of the target site (in PDF, VWX, DXF, DWG, MCD and JPG formats).
target site data.zip


*Click to enlarge

*The Residential Suite Fukuoka is open, so please do not enter the premises when checking the locality. Also, please behave appropriately so as not to cause annoyance to this facility and the neighboring residents.

Profile: Seaside Momochi

In a location newly created by reclaiming what was once known as Momochi Coast, after the reclamation work was completed, the Asia-Pacific Exposition Yokatopia: Fukuoka Seaside Momochi Residential Environment Exposition was held (1989). The Momochihama district (between the Hii and Muromi Rivers)  and the Jigyohama district (between the Hii and Komo Rivers)  make up the area known as Seaside Momochi, where city facilities of every kind are concentrated, including detached housing, housing complexes, schools, museums, hospitals, offices, hotels, sports facilities, large-scale commercial facilities, leisure facilities, parks, and the sea (swimming areas). 

The goal of Seaside Momochi’s development was to build a city that represented Fukuoka, which has lived harmoniously alongside the sea, while reflecting on post-war Fukuoka, which had been inclined to forget its connection with the ocean. Rather than use the land as an industrial area, which is typical of reclaimed land, it was built mostly of residential areas, with healthy homes bathing in the sunlight near the sea. In these residential areas, there are buildings designed by Michael Graves, Kisho Kurokawa, Yasufumi Kijima and more, built during the Fukuoka Seaside Momochi Residential Environment Exposition, known as the “Street of World Architects”.

In the center of the Momochihama district, there are cultural facilities, starting with Fukuoka Tower and including museums and libraries. The surrounding area features business facilities such as offices, as well as schools and hospitals. The Jigyohama district, designed to bring out Fukuoka’s individuality and vitality, has sports and recreational facilities such as Fukuoka Dome.

In addition, a green network has also been designed, which includes maintenance of a beach park and the reemergence of pine trees on the waterfront of Hakata Bay, as well as aiming for the continuity of roadside trees and onsite planting.

The throng of high-rise buildings has often been used as PR for Fukuoka City, and is recognized as a representative area of Fukuoka.


What We’re Looking For

Please submit a proposal following the items below.


・Design a new neighborhood with work and home in close proximity.
・Plan about 70% of the total floor area to consist of “workspace” and “living space,” and about 30% to be “added value appropriate for Seaside Momochi.”
・With consideration for reality, specify either a design that uses up about 150% floor area ratio, or one that can be explained to create an image of its commercial potential.
・Consider a program that includes operators, users, how architecture is utilized, facility functions, and economics.

・Consider ripple effects on the neighborhood.


You are free to create blueprints, perspective drawings, sketches, CG, model photography, etc. However, please title your work. Three-dimensional objects (anything with protrusions or unevenness) will not be accepted.


Japanese or English