TOKYO POP LAB Architecture Competition

Early Bird Registration: NOVEMBER 4 – DECEMBER 2, 2015
Advance Registration: DECEMBER 3 – JANUARY 6, 2016
Last Minute Registration: JANUARY 7 – FEBRUARY 3

Closing date for registration: FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Closing date for submission: FEBRUARY 17, 2016 (11.59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: MARCH 2, 2016

Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers are calling for all architecture enthusiasts to create unique and exciting designs for the International Popular Culture Laboratory in Tokyo. The lab will be an institution that will teach students the history and relevance of popular culture; where they can reflect on current trends and make predictions of future trends in order to prepare students for them.

Tokyo was chosen as the location for this architecture competition because has long been at the center of Asian popular culture – with a strong enough connection to its own cultural roots in order to absorb and adapt international trends.

We ask architects and designers from all over the world to think of a space that could host multi disciplinary creative individuals and provide them with a high quality education space. As creative individuals become more and more versatile in their skills, a more innovative approach to teaching will be needed.

In order to deal with the future pop culture trends, the teaching environment should not be focused on isolated classrooms. Instead, the Pop Culture Lab should encourage interaction between different creative industries and fields of study with a crossover of multipurpose experimental spaces.

Download Full Competition Brief for more information.

Following documentation is available for download:

– Full competition brief
– CAD and PDF site plan
– 3D site model

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registering. The provided materials can be used or alternatives can be created or sourced at the participants discretion.


Competition is open for all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).


– Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English.
– All information submitted by participants must be in English.
3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers will award a total of US $10,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st prize winner – US$ 6,000
2nd prize winner – US$ 3,000
3rd prize winner – US$ 1,000

The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders’ website.

The following media partners have committed to present the current competition and its winners in their publications: Arch20; Archello;; Archilovers; Archinect; Architectur Journal; Wettbewerbe;; Australian Design Review; BauNetz; NIP; ViaVili; WA; World Architecture; World Architecture News and more.

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Bee Breeders architecture competition organisers will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Go to competition website for more details. 

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