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Nippon Paint Asia Young Designer Award


The power to shape Tomorrow lies in your hands. Unleash your potential now and get a chance to win the Platinum Award + USD 1,000 during the Malaysia Learning Programme in 2018 from 14 countries!


You For Tomorrow: Future Living as Envisioned Today

In a forward-looking and advancing society, it is critical that we anticipate our needs of tomorrow.

With the needs of each individual dweller, the needs of the specific community and the needs of society as a whole – how do we envision the living of tomorrow? How would one as a visionary designer, craft the structure and space that would meet the needs of tomorrow. And how would the design be resilient through the years?

  • By “future proofing”, we can predict the way we live, work, play and interact with the environment in the coming years. Thus, it is paramount for designers to take into consideration and fully immerse themselves in the social, economic and environmental context of the future dwellers in its entirety.

    Each time and space has its own wonders and great structures to capture moments from the conceptual stages envisioned by the designer. We also need to be cognisant that whilst creating purposeful ‘brick-and-mortar’ designs, we would always be reminded to incorporate and subsequently build the ‘heart-and-soul’ elements into the project intent.

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Envision for the Communities of Tomorrow

Can you push the boundaries of interior design

As a designer for tomorrow, envision the pattern of future spaces be it a workplace, living space or public space. Take into consideration the activities that will shape the lifestyle and movements of the citizens of the tomorrow, then craft purposeful spaces that fits into your vision of what future living is all about. Preserve your very own persona while foretelling the fundamental needs of tomorrow’s society via your design.

Demonstrate your vision and foresight in helping the people of tomorrow live in an optimized yet comfortable space. Let your artwork and design concept statement go hand-in-hand in bringing to life the tomorrow’s that you envisaged.

Submission Criteria


You For Tomorrow


Open Category


Below 30,000 sq ft


Diploma Year 2 Students and onwards.


1 Project ONLY

Project Requirements

  • Colour Chips and Product Names
    - Must use Nippon Paint products and colours in the project
  • Green Elements
    - Must clearly state eco-friendly products and elements used in the project
  • Colour Schemes
    - Justify how the colours associate with the design (Starting with the project title ad theme / concept)
  • Name and Theme / Concept
    - All projects must start with the project’s title and theme / concept.

Sample Presentation Board

Interior Design Category

All entry submissions need to include existing site photos (if applicable)

    Interior Design Category
    • Existing Site Photos(if applicable)
    • Project Profile
      -Project Name
      -Project Category
    • Design Statement
    • Project & Furniture Layout Plan
    • Project Elevation
    Interior Design Submissions
    • Perspectives of the Projects in 3D Students can place perspectives according to their own preference
    • Colour chips with the corresponding Nippon Paint colour codes and names
    • Students should provide captions for selected perspectives with reasons why the colours are applied in regards to the concept
    • Explanation of the green elements and green paint products used in the project

Judging Criteria
The criteria below will form 70% of the total marks. The remaining 30% will be scored from the oral presentation.



Your write-up will be the first component on the presentation board to be reviewed by our judges. Refer here for full requirements.



Climate, Energy & Water
Demonstrate the optimal use of energy and other resources to reduce load, increase efficiency, and utilise renewable energy resources.

Building Material & Ecological Environment
Demonstrate the use of eco-friendly materials and construction techniques aimed to reduce environmental pollution.

Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ)
The IEQ of a building can make an impact on its occupants’ well-being. A sustainable building will maximise the use of natural lighting and ventilation, as much as the building typology and other site-specific conditions allow.

Green Innovation Practice
The design should include both passive design strategies and active systems (if applicable) that are cost-effective throughout the building’s lifespan, while requiring less maintenance, less resources, and fewer chemicals.



Design must be appropriate for their intended use and have a positive impact on the community.

Space planning
Appropriate design and planning of individual spaces that suit their specific needs, emphasising on anthropometric and ergonomic principles.

Redefinition of Space
The design idea must be innovative and beneficial to the users and the public.

Contextual Appropriateness
An innovative design that creates hope for a better tomorrow and becomes the ideal model for others to follow.



Colour Harmony
Create a harmonious colour palette and balance between the colours.

Colour Coordination
Ensure that the colours work together in highlighting the design elements.

Colour Innovation
Implement creative use of colours to produce a prominent design.

Just Remember These


Does your design portray originality in its execution?


Does your design offer practicality and have the ability to drive commercial value?


Does your design facilitate the ease of use for its inhabitants?


Does your design process the ability to transcend time?


Does your design successfully fulfil a need? Is it purposeful?


Does your design cater to the surrounding communities' needs?


Is your design made up of sustainable and eco-friendly elements which help preserve the wonders and beauty of Mother Earth?


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