Takenaka Seisakusyo, Co. Ltd. + DESIGNTOPE
Situated in Takaoka-shi, in Toyama Prefecture facing the Japan Sea, the Takenaka Seisakusyo has been producing Buddhist sculptures and artwork alongside the development and production of building materials coordinating the skills of the traditional metal cast artisan. And in the production of gates and fences, the company enjoys collaboration with Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd., Shikoku Corp., and YKK AP, Inc., in effect undertaking the role of adjoining the skills of the artisan with the major manufacturers.
This time, we are pleased to have the directors of development of these major manufacturers taking part in this competition as members of the jury.



We would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants for submitting so many wonderful proposals to the 3rd DESIGNTOPE Design Competition. In this contest, the entries were subject to careful and impartial evaluation, not by a one-man jury, but by 4 corporate jury members representing Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd., Shikoku Corp., YKK AP, Inc., and Takenaka Seisakusyo, Co. Ltd. headed by the Jury Chair, Masayuki Kurokawa.
We are most happy to report the receipt of 74 entries from over 10 nations worldwide.
Please understand that this announcement of winners is not accompanied by any graphic representations of the entries, as they are currently under careful review by each jury corporation in terms of merchandizing. We are looking forward to sharing the exciting graphic images with you, which should be ready for release in mid-January, 2004.

The report after the announcement of the award winning works

First of all, we have to apologize to you all that the presentation of the images of the award winning works , which was planned to be given in the middle of January, has been delayed for such a long time.
After the announcement of the award winning works last December, the meetings were held by sponsoring Takenaka Ltd. and other three supporting companies concerning the commercialization of the works. Unfortunately the conclusion of the meetings was that none of the works presented is to be commercialized this time. However, Takenaka Ltd. later decided to apply the award winning works for the Commission Program for Creative Designs administered by Japan Design Protection Association to make positive future promotions of the works and their concepts.
Now we'd like to express our sincere gratitude for a number of applications for the competition this time. We are planning to hold the second Gates & Fences Competition this year, too. We are expecting to receive a lot of wonderful ideas from many people that may bring about a revolution of Gates &Fences in the future.

Jury evaluation

Masayuki Kurokawa

Proposals rich in concept and image, and highly realistic proposals. Many proposals of both types were received, each with tremendous appeal in their individual ways. The proposal winning the Grand Prix is an expression of elegantly flowing beauty, leaving the imprint of man splendidly circumventing the often anti-human aspect inherent to the fence. On the other hand, while the construct of the Follow-up to the Grand Prix is an immediately marketable structure, the light-weight translucent box and the soil used as filling endows it with appropriate weight allowing for the creation of a fence simply by placing it in position. Including the translucency that allows the viewer to see even the root system within the soil, the proposal is superb with many hidden implications.
This competition was, in reality, a contest in pursuit of the possibilities of product development. The final selection of winners is the product of serious consideration in terms of marketability and extensive deliberation by the directors in charge of development from each of the industries actually marketing numerous gates and fences, in the search for proposals that are also expressions of exceptional concepts carrying rich implications.
I would like to express my deep respect and appreciation to the sincere quest in pursuit of form demonstrated by so many of the entrants.

Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
Shinichiro Sugiyama

Our expectation behind the theme of this contest, Gates and Fences, was for marketable concepts taking into account interaction between people, life, and the environment. A prominent tendency among many of the proposals received was the concept of symbiosis with plants.

Among such entries, the Grand Prix winner Wave is an excellent product communicating the comfort and excitement the author felt as a child into the hearts of the people seeing or touching the work. The material first constructed as a plane then weaving out into 3-dimensional curves, displays beauty reminiscent of a wire-frame chair. CouldnÕt the highly refined wave imbue natural movement to the streets, drawing the interest of the pedestrian, and thus contribute to communication? From the manufacturerÕs standpoint, there is need to pursue the type of wave which would blend beautifully into the streets. Nevertheless, the product is both highly realistic and appealing.

On the other hand, the winner of the Runner-up to the Grand Prix, Envi, is a form from which we expect hitherto unseen design possibilities, by the methodology of placing plants inside transparent boxes, and stacking them. There is some concern regarding how the atmosphere created by the visual representation of plants inside soil or water will reflect upon exterior appearance or the passing pedestrian. But this should be resolvable by plant selection and placement. Extant technology is fully sufficient for marketing the boxes themselves as an industrial product. However, the difficulty of industrializing plants remain, meaning that the success of this proposal will most likely depend on placing it in the hands of someone with a thorough understanding of plants.

Shikoku Corp.
Kenji Tada

Looking back over this Competition, it is seen that many of the proposals were presentations of 3-dimensional concepts, and that many incorporated greenery in such ways as to enable the co-existence of plants and flowers with security. Among the entries, unique concepts were seen, such as creating a concave surface and using water to fulfill the function of a fence in place of the usual vertical presentation creating the image of barring the entry of people.
The Wave, winner of the Grand Prix, is a proposal of a dynamic design by which the common mesh-type fence undergoes transformation by the action of people leaning upon it. It is an indication of how to present the image of the standardized, uniform, and spindly fence in a 3-dimensional, rhythmical, and enjoyable manner. In terms of merchandizing, the proposal presents considerable difficulty relative to material selection and structure inherent to the movement involved. However, the proposal was given high evaluation as a product capable of eradicating the current image of fences, in light of creating the fences of the future.
Additionally, the Runner-up to the Grand Prix is a proposal of unit construction taking advantage of the planter function of the containers, and is excellent for the appeal created by giving translucency to the planters themselves, together with the superb utility of design enabled by combining the flabellate units.

YKK AP, Inc.
Ken Toyooka

The international competition over the Internet this time was able to draw participation from over 10 nations abroad, making it possible to regard it as a truly international contest. In addition, many of the entries were expressionFs of movement, taking full advantage of the characteristics of this competition.

In the theme, Gates and Fences, my attention was drawn to both the staging of the settings behind the concept, and the nature of the contraptions, in terms of separating entities such as place and area, public and private, exterior and interior, and transition along a time axis".

In terms of content, the proposals were greatly varied from highly realistic proposals, those with emphasis on conceptual image, those bespeaking further applications and developments in themselves, and sheer pursuits of the possibilitiesÑincluding many highly attractive and intriguing proposals.

And among these entries, the Wave, winning the Grand Prix, that evolved through the wish to directly express a physical experience in early childhood, was highly evaluated for alighting upon the permutation characteristic of mesh materials, working with the concept of affinity with mankind in the foreground in a way as if to imbue the fence itself with life, holding numerous possibilities.

I was strongly drawn to Envi, the runner-up to the Grand Prix, for the exciting concept of using transparent materials and flexible materials such as gravel, sand, and soil to stabilize and fuse the modules by their own weight. The incorporation of greenery was also interesting, which I believed may be an attempt by the author to focus interest on the ecological structure inherent to the root of plants.

Takenaka Seisakusyo, Co. Ltd.
Masaaki Kondoh

The significance of the international competition for us this time was in proposing an international web contest in which we, enjoying collaboration in product development and manufacture as subcontractor, could have our clientsMatsushita Electric Works, Ltd., YKK AP, Inc., and Shikoku Corp.join us as members of the jury. Our expectation was for the birth of new products from among the entries received. In this competition, all entries, i.e., including those escaping selection as winners were reviewed in terms of merchandizing, and there were several such entries meriting consideration.

I believe the entry selected for the Grand Prix this time was a good example of introducing ease and relaxation as possibilities of the mesh material in addition to its conventional partitioning function.

The Runner-up to the Grand Prix is a clean representation of weight using translucent materials. Weight is a representation of partitioning in itself, while the green of plants imparts an element of comfort and relaxation.

We are planning to continue holding further contests in future. Please join us again, at which time we will again be looking forward to receiving your wonderful concepts and marketable productions.

Grand Prix Award
EntrantFYuuki Tazaki (Japan)

Comments for the work
During my childhood, I found a steel mesh fence upon which I could leave an imprint of myself by leaning upon it. Moreover, I found being in the shape comfortable. In this competition, Ifd like to propose a fence that can be transformed by human activity. The fence has the function of not only dividing the public from the private, but also acts as an emotional interface inspired by human action. Differing density of the steel mesh is employed to express the "waves", owing to the ease of bending the less dense areas, which by so doing, endows the fence with expression and human warmth.
I am truly exhilarated. I would like to express my thanks to all my mentors, and to everyone concerned. In particular, I am grateful to the Chairman of the Jury, Mr. Masayuki Kurokawa, for appreciating the possibilities inherent to this product.

Yuuki Tazaki
1977 Born in Matsuyama city, Ehime Prefecture
1978 Enrollment in the University of Massachusetts at Boston
1979 Return to Japan; currently enrolled in the ICS College of Arts, Dept. of Interior Design

EntrantFArkadiusz Szenfeld (Poland)

Comments for the work
Gates and fences are not only barriers between two areas but can also be a method of displaying beauty of the environment. This project expresses beauty of nature by the colours and materials of nature. Modules are made of transparent polypropylene by injecting moulding. Placing one on another and one next to the other, you can fluently arrange space. For stability, there is the possibility of filling it. Placing natural materials such as gravel, sand, and soil inside, gives stability to the fence. These materials make up an interesting composition of colours. You can create abstract pictures. Additionally, tops are decorated with flowers and plants. This can contribute to beautification of the streets. There is also the possibility of putting a wooden seat on top of the module to create a bench. Inserting benches between flowered fences provides the opportunity of rest to the pedestrian.

I feel so honored that my design was selected as Runner-up in the Competition. I would like to thank you to the Jury for the Grand Prix.
This prize is an evidence about my strong efforts of creating human friendly thinks.
Once again thank you very much for the prize.

Arkadiusz Szenfeld
Born in 1973 in Poland.
Awarded first prize "Bench for Jyvaskyla" in Finland in International Design Competition (1997).
Graduated Academy of Fine Arts in Cracov in 1999.
Now working at design Company in Cracov (Poland).

Excellence Awards: 5

TitleFCaterpillar fence
EntrantFHiromichi Hara (Japan)

Comments for the work
Gates and fences are relative to people, because man always demands the relationship. This proposal is a fence that gently expresses the person's behavior. Structure like a caterpillar: The gate door can be wound up and stored compactly. The ease of assembly with bolts at the top and bottom of the fence also allows for compact transportation and ready handling.

Being a challenge not requiring preparation of panels and such enabled concentration of time on the proposal itself. I believe it was the unique style of the competition that allowed for ready participation, in the end leading to the elevation of quality.

Hiromichi Hara
1992 @Graduated from Chiba Univ., Dept. of Industrial Design
1994@Completion of masters course at Chiba Univ. Graduate School, Dept. of Industrial Research
1993 @Environmental Design Institute, Co. Ltd.
2000@Establishment of the Hara Designing Office, Ltd.
2003@Assistant, Environmental Design Lab., Dept. of Design and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba Univ.

EntrantFstudio ma:an (The Republic of Korea)

Comments for the work
The threshold between a gate and a fence is not so much mere division ofcontrol devices as a phase-shifting phenomenon that systematizes itsenvironment. The geometric capacity of rolling spirals are explored in thisproject to accommodate dynamic property of a gate/fence hybrid andpoignantly vibrate the very ground that it has supposedly intended tostabilize.
Five different cycles of steel coils (D=50mm) are welded together to createthe hybrid. Each spiraling coil has in itself inherent ability of fencingand gating. It controls movement of passers by three-dimensionally spiralingacross the length of its reach, thus creating cyclic appearance of barriersand cross-overs. Integrated coils with sequentially multiplying cyclesdensify the effect of tentative zoning on adjacent environment. Differentage groups and especiesf that exhibit a whole spectrum of body sizesfilter through varying heights of coils. Geometry merges with control ofusers and tangential flow enhances the experience of the threshold.Predefined function of a fence has been separation of fields rather thanpromotion of dynamic flux between human and nature. gSpiralh suggests morecommunicative and permeable boundary to encourage interaction and flow withthe help of precise filtering mechanism.

We thank the juries and Designtope for offering this precious but pleasant opportunity with other competitors. We wanted to create a pleasantly soft fence rather than the conventional security fence by introducing espiralf as a means to create permeable edges for different groups of users such as animals (wild/domesticated), children, and adults, and give them enjoyable experience of crossing. We hope this simple but unique steel tube construction could be realized easily.

studio ma:an since 2003

Sangmok Kim, partner
Born in 1975, Seoul
2003 Graduate, Columbia University, Master of Architecture
Sungchan Park, partner
Born in 1975, Seoul
2002 Graduate, Columbia University, Master of Architecture

Entry, First Step Housing Design Competition, New York, 2003
Design Proposal, Customized Car Showroom, Brooklyn, 2003

TitleFThe scissors
EntrantFRafael Iglesia (Argentina)

Comments for the work
Description of the concept: Constructed by a grid of 9x9 cm ties of a South-American heavy-wood gQuebrachoh (literally meaning gbroken axesh) generally used as railroad ties. A simple motorized pivot gate to serve as car and pedestrian entrances. The grid can be used also as a fence. Materials used: Treated lumber in two dimensions (can be replaced with other materials, metals bars for example), hot-dipped galvanized bar, cylindrical roller bearings, underground hydraulic operator closer, steel beam, steel column (can be replaced with existing walls), plastic wheel + curve steel plate. Processing methods: The wooden structure can be pre-assembled. Structure: The combination of the steel beam and column is the main support structure.

I am very grateful that my design was granted in the Competition.
When I realized that my work was appreciated and distinguished in Japan, and by these honorable Juror, honestly I was shocked.
Thanks again to DESIGNTOPE , the Honorable Juror and all the people involved for put in value my work.

Rafael Iglesia
1952 Date and place of birth: October 2nd of 1952, Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina.

1981 Architect - Professional Degree
@ Rosario National University - UNR
@School of Architecture Rosario Argentina

TitleFCylindrical Fence Unit
EntrantFAyako Shiozaki (Japan)

Comments for the work
This structure consists of four parts: ribs, frames, cover and beams. The frame moves along the ribs, the cover is fastened to the frame, and the beam connects two ribs. Two functions are enabled by rotating a frame. When a frame is fixed in a low position, it works as a fence. If a frame is fixed in a high position, it works as a rain-cover and a shade. The cover can be selected and attached in the form of a net, a shell-like encasement, or a louver-like cover depending upon its use. The frame and beam are made of steel. The other parts are aluminum.

It is a great honor for me to receive the Excellence Award, for which I would like to thank the members of the Jury. The objective of the design this time was the smooth transition from the barring to an inviting form. Thinking having a shade overhead would be nice while waiting in a queue at an outdoor ticket vending stall was the hint to this concept. Last, but not least, I am truly grateful to all those who helped me in many ways.

Ayako Shiozaki
1975 Born in Yamanashi Prefecture
1999 Graduated from the Shibaura Institute of Technology
Currently with a designing firm in Tokyo

EntrantFSatoshi Ohashi (Japan)

Comments for the work
By shifting the arrangement of the waves little by little, you can see the appearance of a dynamic and powerful swell in the expanse. This becomes the sort of the fence that can separate the inside from the outside three-dimensionally. Shadows also become clearly apparent.

This time, my proposal was a fence that divides space by means of a dynamic 3-dimensional undulation created by shifting the positioning of each swell bit by bit. This has the effect of creating a wave in an area often constructed of level planes.
I am most happy, particularly as this is my first experience of winning a prize in any competition.
I would like to continue my efforts, with this as my encouragement.
Thank you very much.

Satoshi Ohashi
1982 Born in Tochigi Prefecture
2001 Graduated from Tochigi Prefectural Tochigi High School
Currently with the Environmental Design Lab., Dept. of Design and Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University
Chief area of interest: Spacial design