eVolo Magazine 2010 Skyscraper Competition winners announced

First Place

eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organization. The award seeks to discover young talents whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

The Jury of the 2010 edition was formed by leaders of the architecture and design fields including: Mario Cipresso, Kyu Ho Chun, Kenta Fukunishi, Elie Gamburg, Mitchell Joachim, JaeYoung Lee, Adelaïde Marchi, Nicola Marchi and Eric Vergne. The Jury selected 3 winners and 27 special mentions among 430 entries from 42 countries.

More information after the break.

First Place

Globalization, sustainability, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution, were some of the multi-layered elements taken into consideration. The first place was awarded to a project for a vertical prison designed by architecture students Chow Khoon Toong, Ong Tien Yee, and Beh Ssi Cze, from Malaysia. Their project examines the possibility of creating a prison-city in the sky, where the inmates would live in a “free” and productive community with agricultural fields and factories that would support the host city below.

Second Place

The recipients of the second place are Rezza Rahdian, Erwin Setiawan, Ayu Diah Shanti, and Leonardus Chrisnantyo, from Indonesia, whose project ‘Ciliwung Recovery Program’ aims to purify and repair the Ciliwung River habitat. The building is designed as an ingenious habitable machine that would collect garbage, purify water, and provide housing to thousands of people that live in the slums along the river.

Third place

The third place was awarded to Ryohei Koike and Jarod Poenisch, from the United States, for their project ‘Nested Skyscraper’ that explores robotic construction techniques for a novel structure of carbon sleeves and fiber-laced concrete. The building is a system of multiple layers of composite louvers which thicken and rotate according to solar exposure, ventilation, and materials performance.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "eVolo Magazine 2010 Skyscraper Competition winners announced" 08 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=52103>
  • yash

    that’s so ugly I know that’s conceptual competition but architecture should be at least nice

  • yeah

    Another ‘Best Sci-Fi illustration’ architectural competition.

    Don’t get me wrong – I really appreciate imagination in projects. But these imaginative competitions seem to award more and more inconsistent works, where the author just decided to put ‘wow’ ideas together with no interesting context or deeper analysis and spent most of the time on creating the visuals.

    One of the worst examples of this was this years’ RIBA Silver Medal Award where the first place was so ridiculous that I was really wondering how the judges could look at themselves in the mirror after announcing the verdict.

    (Winning project: Towers…stand in the water…they guard…nature…they send…SALT…into water…oh, I forgot to tell you…there is also knowledge stored there…oh and the entrance is flooded from time to time…oh and it also sends…sounds…oh and….)

    I’m calling this architectural ADD which sadly becomes the only way of seeing IMAGINATION in a project.

    • Eva

      I just read your comment. Actually architectural world is divided into two parts. The one is for the unrealistic concepts, while the other one follows the idea to propose something which is close to reality itself.
      However, I’m not convinced this could be a right way of architectural developing. I tend to think, sometimes it is important to express yourself through such conceptual competitions to free the mind, this is the main reason they are established for. Speaking about RIBA competition, it is not about making a concept which are ready-made with construction drawings and details but a chance for an individual to show the personal feelings about certain task.
      By the way, where are you from? I really interested in your point of view.

      • yeah


        First I have to clear that I do understand the division in architectural competitions, you don’t have to explain this to me :).

        I don’t mind imaginary buildings but there are some bounds beyond which a project stops being interesting and becomes just an illustration. Innovative architecture is not just form and esthetics – CONVINCING ideas are the most important part here.

        How is a vertical prison in the sky interesting? Does it take into account the resocialization process or the social and psychological situation within a prison? Isn’t being locked up a punishment by itself? Why does it have to be multiplied by the feeling of isolation, hopelessness and fear that this project induces? On what understanding of human condition and filosophy did they base these arbitral decisions? I could list these questions endlessly and as you can see I haven’t even touched any technical issues.

        The sad part is that the answer to those questions is: NOTHING. Why? Because the creators didn’t bother to go deeper into the problem. They stopped at the visual image which is only skin deep. They have disregarded all the interesting problems because these would interfere with their vision – not the other way round. It could be the perfect scenography for “Escape from L.A. 2″ with Kurt Russel but unfortunatelly it’s not – it is a 1st place in an architectural competition.

        A good example of a great imaginary project is the winner of last years’ RIBA Silver Medal – a seaweed cultivation farm. Yes the project was imaginary and it was utopian and it didn’t solve almost any technical issues BUT it was very interesting in many ways. It had a great vision which solved a REAL problem with innovative ideas. It took into account the surrounding environment. It analyzed an interesting process. In short – it had a lot of SUBSTANCE and CONTENT not just a glittering wrap of WOW esthetics.

        P.S. Oh and I come from Poland :)

  • matthew

    WOW, first place given to a 21st century concentration camp. Jawohl eVolo!

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    Honesty… I like third and second…. first one is so naive… First looks like 60′th works… Most clouse to me is third, I realy like it…

  • Dan

    eVolvo macht frei

  • Ed

    archigram macht frei

  • dandy

    Oh well,.. i guess that’s it..

  • DCV

    The first one somehow reminds me of a lecture given by Fruto Vivas, where he uses the same structural concept.

    The third one is my favorite.

  • Freeman

    I think it is just a render competition.

  • R Goldschmidt

    Vor allem, ich weiß nicht wie das Gebäude aus dem ersten, es ist so naiv. Zum zweiten ist es nur ein “Wow”-Fantasie. Und der dritte … Was bedeutet dieses Gebäude nicht in diesem Zusammenhang. Es hat keinen Sinn. Sorry eVolo

  • Scott Lowe

    Beautiful pictures. Strange societies. I wish that these proposals were realistic physically, economically and socially.

  • Elruugo

    The first winner concept can be seen taken from ALSOP architects design idea for prison. Hrmm. Very innovative huh?

  • freq

    that prison is a sad joke. I call on everybody to BOYCOTT this evolo outift in the future.. what we need is more thinking about the actual environment, not imaginative concentration camps in the sky being “awarded” a “first prize”.

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  • zc


    ps. 我还是挺喜欢eVolo的

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