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Events - 09.24.2020 - 11.20.2020

#TinyArchitect Contest

Bring Out Your Inner Architect This Fall Using Everyday Objects

Winner Announcement






If you look closely enough, architecture can be found even in the tiniest objects. At a time when we all could use a creative outlet or just a fun new project to spark imagination, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and Sou Fujimoto Architects invite aspiring architects, designers, and artistic people (age restrictions apply) to participate in the #TinyArchitect – Architecture is Everywhere social media contest.

Inspired by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and his whimsical Architecture is Everywhere series – featuring small-scale human figures next to ordinary, everyday objects – the contest challenges participants to create their own Fujimoto-esque, miniature models using everyday items and figurines. Sou Fujimoto himself will judge the winning entries. Named Wall Street Journal’s 2014 Architecture Innovator of the Year, Fujimoto has designed buildings around the world since establishing his atelier in 2000.


There are two ways to enter.

Enter via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter
1. LIKE & FOLLOW JAPAN HOUSE on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter

2. POST a photograph of a small figure next to a ordinary object with a title
     and description of the work in English

3. TAG the post with @JapanHouseLA on Facebook and Instagram, or
     @JHLosAngeles on Twitter

4. HASHTAG the post with both #TinyArchitect #JapanHouseLA

Enter via mail
Mail a photograph of miniature architecture with a title and description of the work in English, and include your name, age, address, contact phone, and email address, to JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, Attn: PR & Marketing Department, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 167, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Upon receipt of the mail-in entry, you will receive one (1) entry into the Contest. All mail-in entries must be hand-printed.

There is no limit on the number of entries per person, but there may only be one entry per day, and any entries attempted through the use of agencies, or robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar methods, or through the use of fraudulent email accounts are prohibited and will not be accepted.


Top three winners will be announced though a congratulatory video message from architect, Sou Fujimoto.

Grand prize: Winner's post will be turned into a short animated video.

Second & Third prize: Winners' posts will be turned into digital posters.

See Official Rules
Little figurine on nails
paperclips and a figurine
figurines inside an overturned glass ashtray
color paper pad and a figurine
Little figurine on a pine cone
ping pong balls and figurines
tea strainer and figurines
©JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles

About Sou Fujimoto
A graduate of the University of Tokyo, Fujimoto was awarded the Japan Institute of Architects Grand Prix in 2008, and in 2012 his entry for the Japan Pavilion of the 13th Venezia Biennale International Architecture Exhibition was granted the Golden Lion award. In the following summer, Fujimoto was invited to design the prestigious seasonal pavilion at London’s Serpentine Gallery.

Sou Fujimoto Related Content

Video | JAPAN HOUSE Interview

Article | Five Japanese Architect Shaping the Future

Exhibition | Futures of the Future 

Contest Organizers

Presented by | JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and Sou Fujimoto Architects
Supported by | TOTO GALLERY·MA

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