Shinkenchiku International Residential Competition 2008

Four Square House Design Problem: Homage to John Hejduk
November 28, 2008 – Submission Deadline
Prize 1,500,000 Yen
No registration is necessary for entry in this competition.
John Hejduk introduced us to the Nine Square Grid design problem and we, his audience, enjoyed and learned from his variations on the theme. I would like to make this proposal honouring his memory.
I will call it the Four Square House design problem. In a hypothetical Garden City grid of 36m by 36m, the assignment is to design four houses in any configuration, having as its only restriction that they should not exceed 162m2 and that each possess a garage and garden, “technique and nature” combined in the given 9m2 outlines. This requires a consideration of issues such as orientation, contiguity, privacy, construction, spatial structure: a series of issues that ultimately engage the neglected notion of typology . Obviously the extension of the single block to a larger area should be taken into account and in addition a certain hint about the materiality and the character of the ideal Garden City that comes as a result of the appearance of this new type.
Entries must never have been made public in any form previously. Nor can they be submitted simultaneously to any other competition.
The hosts reserve publication rights with regard to all entries.
Mail entries to the following address:
attn.: Entries Committee, Shinkenchiku Residential Competition 2008
Shinkenchiku-sha, Co., Ltd.
2-31-2, Yushima, Bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo 113-8501, Japan
Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd
tel. +81.3.3811.7101
Yoshioka Foundation
Competition website:
Next Generation 2009