From 480 submitted projects from around the world, three winners and 15 honorable mentions have emerged at the top of eVolo’s 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Recognizing innovative highrise designs of the future, the competition emphasizes the role of technology, material, spatial organization, and their combined contribution to the natural and built environments. This year’s winners showed exceptional promise in adaptive vertical communities, and explored their ideas through imaginative and resourceful means.
Check out the winners and honorable mentions, after the break.
First Place: "Essence Skyscraper" / BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo)
The proposal is an urban mega-structure that contains diverse natural habitats. The skyscraper would serve as a place to briefly escape urban life and stimulate diverse and complex experiences.
Second Place: "Invisible Perception: Shanty-Scraper" / Suraksha Bhatla and Sharan Sundar
The project seeks to provide housing, work and recreational spaces to the inhabitants of Chennai city’s slum in India. The skyscraper is designed to reutilize the city’s post-construction debris including pipes, corrugated metal sheets, timber, etc.
Third Place: "Cybertopia: Future of an Architecture Space, Death of Analogous Cities" / Egor Orlov
[This proposal] reimagines the city of the future as the combination of digital and physical worlds – a city that grows and morphs instantly according to our needs.
Honorable Mention: "Exploring Arctic: Multifunctional Complex in Dikson Harbor" / Nikolay Zaytsev, Elizaveta Lopatina
Honorable Mention: "Bio-Pyramid: Reversing Desertification" / David Sepulveda, Wagdy Moussa, Ishaan Kumar, Wesley Townsend, Colin Joyce, Arianna Armelli, Salvador Juarez
Honorable Mention: "Reversal Strategy" / Luigi Bertazzoni, Paolo Giacomo Vasino
Honorable Mention: "Noah Oasis: Rig to Vertical Bio-Habitat" / Ma Yidong, Zhu Zhonghui, Qin Zhengyu, Jiang Zhe
Honorable Mention: "The Unexpected Aurora in Chernobyl, Ukraine" / Zhang Zehua, Song Qiang, Liu Yameng
Honorable Mention: "Vernacular Sky-Terrace" / KHZNH Studio (Amir Izzat Adnan, Nur Farhanah Saffie)
Honorable Mention: "Made in New York: The Vertical Cities of Greenport, NY" / Stuart Beattie
Honorable Mention: "Cloud Capture" / Taehan Kim, Seoung Ji Lee, Yujin Ha
Honorable Mention: "Limestone Skyscrapers" / Jethro Koi Lik Wai, Quah Zheng Wei
Honorable Mention: "Tower of Refuge" / Qidan Chen
Honorable Mention: "Air Monument: Atmosphere Database" / Shi Yuqing, Hu Yifei, Zhang Juntong, Sheng Zifeng, He Yanan
Honorable Mention: "Deep Skins: New Skyscraper Typology in NYC as an Adaptive Organism" / Yongsu Choung, Ge Zhang, Chuanjingwei Wang
Honorable Mention: "Already There" / Ramiro Chiriotti Alvarez
Honorable Mention: "Re-Generator Skyscraper: Plan to Regenerate the Wetlands of Hangshou" / Gabriel Munoz Moreno
Honorable Mention: "Time Squared 3015" / Blake Freitas, Grace Chen, Alexi Kararavokiris
The winning proposals were chosen by a jury of leading architecture and design professionals. This year’s jury consists of:
- Massimiliano Fuksas; principal of Studio Fuksas
- Michael Hansmeyer; CAAD group at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
- Richard Hassell; principal WOHA
- Alvin Huang; principal Synthesis Design + Architecture
- Yong Ju Lee; first-place winner of 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition
- Wenchian Shi; project manager MVRDV
- Wong Mun Summ; principal WOHA
- Benedetta Tagliabue; principle EMBT Miralles Tagliabue
Project descriptions courtesy of eVolo Magazine