We will be accepting a wide range of entries from Japan and overseas that aim to create a design for communication space. We are looking for outstanding spatial design projects from designers, producers, creators, art directors, planners, architects, engineers, educators, researchers, and other people involved in spatial design.
The host organizers, Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association (JCD) and Japan Design Space Association (DSA), both support the activities of “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” adopted by the United Nations. This year, a new award “Sustainable Space of the Year” was created to be awarded to projects that contribute to realizing a better sustainable future for everyone.
Candidate works are projects that are realized between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.
* Projects that were realized between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020, but could not be submitted last year due to the pandemic will also be accepted.
01.Exhibition, Promotional space
Exposition, Convention, Trade show, Show room, Event, Promotion campaign and others
02.Show window & visual design space
Show window, In-store display, Advertisement, Point of purchase advertisement, Signage, Graphic display and others
03.Entertainment & Creative/ Art space
Communication space with movie or lighting design, Interactive art, Installation, Monument, Object, Botanical display, Parade, Attraction, Stage direction and others
Retail store, Apparel store, Specialty store, Deli/ Food store and others
Restaurant, Café, Bar, Japanese restaurant, Food court and others
06.Large retail shopping mall or Multiple retail space
Shopping center, Department store, Mall, Outlet store, Stores in station, Entertainment complex, Cinema complex and others
07.Service/ Hospitality space
Hotel, Inn, Resort environment, Wedding space, Ceremony hall, Spa/ Beauty salon, fitness club and others
08.Museum/ Cultural space
Museum, Science museum, Art museum, Archive center, Culture hall, Cultural exchange space, Theater, Concert hall and others
09.Public welfare/ Communication space
Sport training facility, Hospital, Clinic, School, Preschool, welfare facility, Factory, Storage, Religious facility, Station building, Airport facility, Library, Hall, Town hall and others
Office, Workspace, Studio, Lobby, Entrance, Meeting room and others
House, Housing complex, Public space of housing complex, Model room, Shared house, Service apartment
◼️ KUKAN OF THE YEAR 2021 / Nikkei Inc Award
＊Projects selected from the Gold Prize projects in the Final Round (1 to 3 projects)
◼️ Gold Prize
11 projects (Gold Prize will be selected from each category)
◼️ Silver Prize
11 projects (Silver Prize will be selected from each category)
◼️ Bronze Prize
11 projects (Bronze Prize will be selected from each category)
Projects nominated for the 3rd Round
Projects nominated for the 2nd Round
◼️ Sustainable Space of the Year
Projects that have outstanding contributions to sustainability
1 project (images only) submitted from within Japan: 21,000 yen + consumption tax
1 project (with supplementary video) from within Japan: 27,000 yen + consumption tax
1 project (images only) from outside Japan: 24,000 yen + consumption tax
1 project (with supplementary video) from outside Japan: 30,000 yen + consumption tax
Please pay the application fee by credit card (VISA, Master, JCB) or bank transfer.
The bank transfer fee will be the responsibility of the applicant.
* The application fee must be paid by Saturday, June 19, 2021.
Materials to Be Submitted
Image files such as photos, sketches, conceptual drawings, architectural drawings, concepts, etc.
jpeg, png, or other bitmap format, up to 1000 pixels on the longest side in either portrait or landscape orientation
Up to 1MB per file
* You may submit up to 5 images per project.
* The name of the applicant or company should not be written on the image file, as it will be considered ineligible and will not be judged.
* If text is to be used in images, please use a font size of 18 points or larger.
Domestic entries should be submitted in Japanese, while overseas entries should be submitted in English.
If your project has been nominated for the Shortlist, further submittal of product descriptions in both English and Japanese will be needed.
Japanese: Up to 200 characters
English: Up to 500 words
The only format that can be submitted with the application form is mp4.
Videos should be no longer than 1 minute. (When it is longer than 1 minute, the part after 1 minute will not be considered at all.)
The name of the applicant or company should not be included in the video. If names are included, the video will be considered ineligible and will not be reviewed.
Slideshows of still images or photographs are not eligible for video submissions. Only videos that illustrate the "movement" of the project will be accepted.
If the video is less than 15MB in size: Please submit the video data (mp4 format) via the application form.
If the video is larger than 15MB: Please send a DVD with your application ID and the title of your project to the following address:
Creative One Akihabara Building 4F, 5-3-4, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005
Kukan Design Award Application Office (inside JDN office)
Thursday, April 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 11:00 p.m. (JST)
* In consideration of the online application system, please complete the registration process within 30 minutes. Please note that it may require time to register your project.
As a recommendation, prepare the text before registration and copy and paste it to the application form to shorten the registration time. Please note that if you exceed the time limit, you will not be able to register.
* Please note that the online application system will not allow you to change your registration details after they are entered and registered.
* Please note that you will not be able to apply after the deadline.
* Please transfer the application fee by Saturday, June 19, 2021.
Procedures after the 3rd Round
If your project is selected for the Shortlist, presentation boards (two A2-size styrene boards or 7mm-thick Harepane) should be submitted for the 3rd Round, accompanied by pdf data of the presentation boards, high-resolution picture data of the project, and project descriptions in both Japanese and English.
* Detailed information will be provided to the relevant applicants.
* Participants from outside Japan may send their presentation boards’ data to Kukan Design Award Office. KDA will prepare the presentation boards.
Publication and Announcement of Results
The results will be posted on this website.
The projects on the Shortlist or higher awards will be published in the Annual of Spatial Design in Japan 2021 (domestic and overseas versions).
Part of a project may be omitted if it contains duplicates or a series of works.
Applicants are responsible for submitting the required photos and text for the Annual to the designated publisher in a timely manner.
The Annual is edited by the Kukan Design Organization Annual Publishing Committee, jointly established by the Japan Design Space Association (DSA), Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association (JCD), and Japan Sign Design Association (SDA).
Format: Deluxe edition Scheduled Publication: December 2021
Award winners may be requested to provide seminars for the Association.
Award winning projects will be exhibited in major cities in Japan.
In mid-February 2022, the Japan Kukan Design Award Exhibition 2021 will be held at GOOD DESIGN Marunouchi.
In early-March 2022, the Japan Kukan Design Award Exhibition 2021 will be held at Japan Shop 2022.
・Approval from owners, clients, and stakeholders must be obtained prior to project submission. This condition applies to all applications.
・Applicants are responsible for managing project copyright, photo copyright, publishing rights, industrial property rights, etc., and ensuring the necessary procedures prior to submission.
・KDA Office assumes that the submitted project is not suspected of imitation or plagiarism. KDA Office will not be involved in any mediation or arbitration, in the event of a problem caused by an applicant.
・Note that the award may be withdrawn even after the judging is completed, in the event KDA identifies significant alteration or intentional processing/modification of the photos and videos of a submitted project.
・Make sure not to submit the same work more than once.
An award winning project may not be published in the Annual, if the applicant does not follow these oversight and procedures.
・The permission to use photos must be resolved between the applicant and the photographer prior to application.
・The copyrights of the photos or the like of the projects are reserved by the creator of the products. However, by applying for the awards, the sponsoring associations, the Kukan Design Organization Annual Publishing Committee, and the publisher of the Annual of Spatial Design in Japan shall be granted the rights regarding all materials used in the entries: for publishing in the Annual of Spatial Design in Japan 2021 (both conventional print and electronic versions), other publications, our website, the website of the sponsoring associations, exhibitions, and media/publications affiliated with the associations; and for developing image data DVDs. If permission is not obtained, the publication will be cancelled and the award will be withdrawn.
・If the “photo credit” field in the application form is blank, it will be deemed that photo credit is unnecessary.
・The contents of the application guidelines are subject to change for various reasons.
Inquiries about Application
Kukan Design Award Application Office (inside JDN office)
Office hours: 10:00-17:00 (M-F)