Want to redesign a Tokyo train station? Here’s your chance

Published:  February 26, 2015

The Tokyo Metro Ginza Station Design Competition is calling for submissions to a public brief addressing the redesign of Ginza station. Japan is already preparing to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, so its no surprise that they’re gearing up to give one of their most iconic transportation centres a facelift.  The train station has become more than a pass-through point; it’s a synergetic hub in itself.

The pre-registration period runs from January 21, 2015 (Wednesday) until March 6, 2015 (Friday) with the winning designer to complete the project by March 17, 2015 (Tuesday). There is a Grand Prize (¥ 500,000), Excellence Award (¥ 300,000) and a few general prizes (¥100,000), to be won.

The brief calls for an accentuation of a ”desirable experience” to be had by visitors and passengers. The final visual language will be rolled out across the entrance gate, concourse, upper house floors, walls, ceilings and even the lighting fixtures. Of course, all entries must respect regional history with consideration for the “harmony of the locality”.

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All designers must supply a visual proposal of A2 size (420mm × 594mm): 1 sheet single-sided and mounted on cardboard. This should be accompanied by 400-600 words explaining the “who, when, where, what and how” behind the concept, and a station design proposal that outlines spatial composition of the whole station, plus a function proposal looking at the user experience within the space. Designers can find the required application form here.

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If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Tokyo Metro Ginza Station Design Competition Secretariat by email or at Yubinbango 110-0005 Taito-ku, Tokyo Ueno 5-3-4-4F.


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