The LIXIL JS Foundation (located in Koto-ku, Tokyo; president: Yoichiro Ushioda), which facilitates surveys and researches related to the housing and building materials industry as well as supporting the development of human resources, has organized the 4th "LIXIL International University Architectural Competition".
Theme: PRODUCTIVE GARDEN - A Space for Enjoying Hokkaido with All Five Senses
Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan, is an area of expansive grasslands and wetlands where people can enjoy both the greenery of summer and the snows of winter. In Taiki-cho, people engage in farming and other activities in harmony with nature and the seasons, producing a cornucopia of delicious and nutritious food such as wild vegetables in the spring and salmon, venison and assorted fruit in the fall. Preparing and eating fresh food in these uniquely beautiful natural surroundings is a reminder of what it means to be alive, as well as an opportunity to think about our relationship to the environment. This project is intended to capitalize on the existing natural beauty of Taiki-cho, with additions or modifications as necessary. Please prepare a scenario for interaction with the natural environment, adding whatever contrivances as required. The goal is to create a space that draws visitors by appealing to all five senses, offering nature walks, scenery for gazing, dining, and more.
The winning university will be responsible for the project throughout the construction phase.