Last week, architecture and design journal eVolo Magazine released the winning projects and renderings for its annual Skyscraper Competition. The proposals are all purely conceptual and idea-based; the competition is designed to “challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments,” writes eVolo. First place goes to Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu (United States) whose New York Horizon envisiones a skyscraper in Manhattan running along a sunken Central Park. “Is there a way to make Central Park available to more people? Our proposal is a hybrid multi-functional mega structure,” the team wrote in their brief. “Not by building up, but by digging down, it reveals the bedrock (mountain) that was hidden under Central Park, and creates space along the new cliff.” In second place: Hadeel Ayed Mohammed, Yifeng Zhao, and Chengda Zhu (United States) for The Hive, a Manhattan skyscraper with drone docking stations. “The modules on the façade are designed to fit nine different types of drones, categorized by the shape and scale of their landing fixtures (point, bar or ring),” the team explained in their entry. And third place was awarded to Valeria Mercuri and Marco Merletti (Italy). Their design, Data Tower, is a skyscraper for data centers in Iceland. “A data center is often a large industrial building without a significant architectural connotation, a big anonymous container," they discussed in their submission. "The main issue of our project is to investigate a new morphological solution that could represent both the complexity and the importance of the building into which we keep our data.” There were also 21 honorable mentions. In many of the submissions, designs addressed technology and environmental concerns. The magazine is also compiling the best entries from the past three years into a limited edition book.
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eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of its 2015 Skyscraper Competition and, as is the case every year, the final designs are pretty eye-catching and ambitious. The competition, which was launched almost a decade ago, was designed to “challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.” This year, eVolo received 480 submissions and has selected 3 winners and 15 honorable mentions. First place went to Essence Skyscaper, a proposal by the Poland-based team called BOMP, that squeezes 11 natural landscapes—including a swamp, jungle, waterfall, cave, and even an ocean—into one tall building. The landscapes "are meant to form an environmentally justified sequence open to the public that includes extensive open floor plans that form spectacular spaces with water floors, fish tanks lifted up to 30 meters above ground, and jungle areas among others natural scenarios," explained the team in a statement. Second place was awarded to Suraksha Bhatla and Sharan Sundar from India for their Shanty-Scaper which would provide housing to the fishermen living in the slums of Chennai. “The vertical squatter structure predominately is comprised of post-construction debris such as pipes and reinforcement bars that crucially articulate the structural stability,” said the team. “Recycled corrugated metal sheets, regionally sourced timber & thatch mould the enclosure of each dwelling profile and lend to their vernacular language.” And Egor Orlov from Russia got bronze for his very hypothetical, and constantly evolving, Cybertopia proposal that blends the digital and physical worlds. “‘Tomorrow’ we expect a completely different topography of the city,” he explained. “It will be a map which includes cyber worlds with intrinsic geography, laws of physics, qualities and even its own residents. It is as though landscapes of computer games have woven into the city space becoming its integral part.” Check out renderings of the 15 honorable mentions below—and for more information on each of them, head over to eVolo's competition website.
The winners of eVolo magazine’s 7th Skyscraper Competition have been announced! This year the publication, which has hosted the prestigious competition since 2006, received 625 submissions from 83 different countries, but only 3 of the most thought-provoking projects were selected as the winners. From floating (on-water and in-midair) skyscrapers to morphing structures, each of these futuristic designs not only resembles something out of a sci-fi film, but more importantly, radically defies our understanding of vertical architecture, creatively explores new technologies, and proposes solutions for a more sustainable urban future. First Place: “Polar Umbrella” (Pictured at top) Derek Pirozzi United States Pirozzi’s ambitious design not only addresses issues of global warming but also aims to rebuild the arctic ice caps. According to eVolo Magazine, “The Polar Umbrella’s buoyant super-structure becomes a statement for the prevention of future depletion of our protective arctic region. Through its desalinization and power facilities, this arctic skyscraper becomes a floating metropolis equipped with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) research laboratories, renewable power stations, dormitory-style housing units, eco-tourist attractions, and ecological habitats for wildlife. A series of these structures would be strategically located in the most affected areas.” Second Place: “Phobia Skyscraper” Darius Maikoff and Elodie Godo France With their innovative design for the “Phobia Skyscraper” Maikoff and Godo have envisioned a residential development constructed out of reconfigurable recycled industrial materials that, according to eVolo Magazine, “seeks to revitalize an abandoned industrial area of Paris, France, through an ingenious system of prefabricated housing units. Its modularity allows for a differentiation of various programs and evolution in time.” Third Place: “Light Park” Ting Xu and Yiming Chen China Xu and Chen’s design for “Light Park” endeavors to ameliorate Beijing’s issue of traffic and overpopulation. As said by eVolo Magazine, “One way to make scarce green and recreation space available to residents of [Beijing] is a skyscraper that floats above the land, taking new development to the sky. The Light Park stays afloat thanks to a large, mushroom cap-like helium-filled balloon at its top, and solar-powered propellers directly below. Programmatic platforms that host parks, sports fields, green houses, restaurants, and other uses are suspended from the top of the structure by reinforced steel cables; the platforms fan in different directions around the spherical vessel to balance its weight. These slabs are also staggered to allow for maximum exposure to sunlight on each level.” Honorable mentions were given to several other commendable projects, including but not limited to “a pH conditioner skyscraper that resembles a jellyfish and purifies polluted air,” a “volcano skyscraper that harvests geothermal energy,” and “a cluster of artificial islands that create the 7th continent in the Pacific Ocean.” A gallery of the Honorable Mention winners; more information of each of the Honorable Mention projects available on eVolo. Click on a thumbnail to launch the slideshow. All images courtesy eVolo.