Four Square House Design Problem: Homage to John Hejduk
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, â€œtechnique and natureâ€ 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.
Application and Entry
Site Plan, floor plan,elevation, section, perspective drawings and axonometric drawings in any scale. Photographs of models may be used. You are free to append detailed drawings and other charts or descriptive texts should be in English.
* Complete all drawings, illustrative materials, and texts on two sheets of A1 size (594mmÃ—841mm). Do not use a panel.
* As well as the two A1 sheet papers, the entrant is requested to submit digital data of the two separate sheets. (PDF or JPEG format Ã—2â€”2,500pixelÃ—3,000pixel, 72dpi)Digital data are to be compiled and burned onto CD-R or DVD-R.
* Also, all texts appeared in the two A1 sheets should be attached as text files with the digital data.
Entrants must fill in the following information for entry.
* your name
* occupation name
* address (home and office)
* telephone and facsimile number
* e-mail address
Above information must be;
attached to the back of your two sheets of paper.
compiles as a text file and burned onto the CD-R or DVD-R written down on the cover of your CD-R or DVD-R
All entries must reach the competition office no later than November 28th(Friday), 2008.
Announcement of Winner
Winners will be announced in the 2009 March issue of â€œSHINKENCHIKUâ€ and vol. 73 issue (2009 Spring) of â€œTHE JAPAN ARCHITECTâ€.
The prize (total: 1,500,000 yen) will be distributed at the discretion of the Judge.
No registration is necessary for entry in this competition.
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.
Questions will not be answered by the hosts. All matters not covered in the regulations listed above are left to the discretion of the entrants.
The work must not (in total or in part) infringe on a copyright. Do not use images copied from magazines, books or websites. If a copyright infringement is discovered in the winning entry, the award may be taken back at the hostsâ€™ discretion.
No entries will be returned.
Entries will only be accepted if they adhere to all the rules appropriately.
All necessary costs for submission (airmail charge, air courier charge, tax, insurance, etc.) must be fully paid by entrants.
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
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