Architecture Competition Spirala Community Home Clients Favorite and BB Green Award prize winners – Ryo Murata, Mizuho Ueyama, Tomohiro Koizumi and Renata Baksai

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Clients Favorite and Green prize winners of our “Spirala Community Home” competition – Ryo Murata, Mizuho Ueyama, Tomohiro Koizumi and Renata Baksai from Japan!

Clients Favorite and Green Award winners from Japan

Ryo Murata Laboratory is an architectural design and research laboratory founded in 2014 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Our laboratory is exploring the theme of “creating architecture and cities in response to the environment” throughout practices of design and research in various contexts. We are a diverse group of people, now 20 members with backgrounds spanning from all over the world. The members from Hungary, Russia, and Japan collaborated together for this project.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

We have worked on a wide range of architectural scales, from a small house with a courtyard in a high-density area of Tokyo to a large research facility on university campus, and from spatial detail design to low carbon investigation, with high consciousness of the passive solar design philosophy. Focusing on the inherent principle of hidden shapes and forms in architecture and exploring ways in which architecture and cities are appropriate for the environment of modern society is the theme that we are following in our laboratory.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

As the importance of "building for a sustainable society" has increased, it is required that architectural designs make use of their potential by reading the characteristics of their local natural environments and history. Therefore, as architects, we have to capture architecture and the environment in multilateral methods, creating a balance between design and engineering.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Considering various historical and geographical factors and their relationships with architecture and cities; we are practicing design and research with the objective of clarifying the fundamental mechanisms of an excellent building environment.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?


By working on the design of buildings in new areas and on new scales that we have never tried before, we gain new perspectives. It is easier to do something than worry about it. 

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08

Reccuring architecture competitions

Run repeatedly
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
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Run repeatedly
Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
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Run repeatedly
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 03
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Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 08
Sep 08
Nov 02
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Creativity gym Short term competitions for you to exercise your creativity

essay COMPETITION
Why do you enter architecture competitions?

Share your views on architecture competitions

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Oct 04
Dec 07
Feb 02
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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt / July 2022

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 1,000 € Monthly
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Jul 07
Jul 20
Jul 31
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Competition results

Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #2 (2020)

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