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Architecture Competition to Design New Ireland House in Tokyo

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) in conjunction with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) are delighted to announce a competition to create an architectural design for a new Ireland House in Tokyo, Japan. Interested architects are advised to read the Competition Regulations.

About the Competition

The Irish Government has embarked on an expansion programme of overseas representation which includes the development of a new flagship Ireland House in Tokyo, Japan. Ireland House will comprise three distinctive yet intertwined entities: the Irish Embassy in Japan, the Ambassador’s Residence and State Agencies including IDA Ireland, EI (Enterprise Ireland), An Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland. Construction of the building, which will have a floor area of approximately 3,000m2, is expected to commence in 2021.

The competition, which is being administered by the RIAI, is open to architect-led design teams to design and manage the delivery of the construction of a new Ireland House in Tokyo. The brief to entrants is to design a building “that demonstrates that Ireland is at the forefront of modern international architecture, a building that captures the spirit of Ireland, including all aspects of its heritage, culture and Ireland’s position as a modern nation within the contemporary world”. (see also the Vision Statement in the Competition Regulations).

The Competition Jury comprises:

Anne Barrington, Irish Ambassador to Japan, 2014-2018, (Chair of the Jury)
Sou Fujimoto, Director Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, Japan
Karen McEvoy, MRIAI, Director Bucholz McEvoy Architects, Ireland
Ciaran O’Connor, FRIAI, State Architect, Office of Public Works, Ireland
Raymund Ryan, HonFRIAI, Irish architectural curator and critic, Pittsburgh, USA
Joseph Walsh, Irish furniture designer, Ireland

Competition Timeline

Stage 1 and Stage 2 submissions will be assessed anonymously and in accordance with the requirements of the briefing information and the Competition Regulations provided to the competitors. 

Stage 1
18 January 2019 – Competition Opens for Registration
8 February 2019 – Withdrawal of Registration and Refund of Fee
22 February 2019 – Stage 1 Questions Deadline
11 March 2019 – Stage 1 Answers Circulated
17 April 2019 – Stage 1 Submission Deadline
Early May 2019 - Stage 1 Assessment

For Stage 2 timeline, please see the Competition Regulations. The final competition outcome is expected in the second half of 2019.

The Registrar for this competition is the RIAI. Correspondence should be sent by email to competitions@riai.ie.