Hosts: Yoshioka-Bunko Foundation  Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.

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June 1, 2020
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First Place:
House for Our Mothers / Sasha Urano (USA)+ Hansong Cho (South Korea)

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Sasha Urano+Hansong Cho “House for Our Mothers”


Sasha Urano+Hansong Cho “House for Our Mothers”

House for Our Mothers
This is a house for our mothers, both of whom always wanted to have bigger families and bigger houses in which to live together as families. Really, it is a house for any kind of big family, whether blood relatives or not. Importantly, it is not a big and empty house, but full and densely lived in. Our mothers’ desire for big families and big houses, while perfectly intuitive on their part, offers architects an opportunity to reinterpret traditional forms while at the same time taking advantage of the recent drive toward high-rise timber construction.

It also reveals interesting clues as to how some of tomorrow’s challenges might be met, such as the need to use land more efficiently or to reduce consumption of resources. Since members of families are able to share space and resources so freely due to the familial intimacy that exists between them, big-family-living has the potential to improve resource consumption and land use like no other co-living arrangement can.

In addition, it engenders far-reaching social benefits, which ultimately derive from one single fact – that the members so depend on each other for survival that breaking up an entire family is never seriously considered. Members are, in a way, forced to get along, to learn social skills and conflict resolution, to learn how to treat others with respect, and to take responsibility for one’s actions, which leads to more responsible citizens and a more prosperous society.


Sasha Urano / left
Born in Hawaii, USA in 1984 / Graduated from UCLA in 2009 / Worked at Mass Studies 2010-2012 / Graduated from Princeton University, M.Arch 2016 / Currently working at Levenbetts

Hansong Cho / right
Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1985 / Graduated from University of Seoul in 2011 / Worked at Studio Nova in 2011 / Graduated from Columbia University, M.Arch 2016 / Currently working at Julian von der Schulenburg