Today eVolo Magazine announced the winners of its annual skyscraper design competition, which is a competition that has been running for eight years to “recognize outstanding ideas for vertical living through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations.”
With a top prize of $5,000, the competition is always hotly contended, attracting designs from architects, students and designers from around the world.
Here we pick our ten favourites from the winners and honourable mentions.
Winner: Vernacular Versatility
Designer: Yong Ju Lee
This beautiful design is based on the traditional wooden structural system used in Korean houses, known as Hanoks. But Hanocks have traditionally only been one storey: Ju Lee has really innovated in making the structure work as a skyscraper.
Second Place: Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster
Designers: Mark Talbot, Daniel Markiewicz
This city in the sky proposal is designed for the US city of Detroit. Designed in a grid system encompassing recreational and commercial areas, the design comes with a manifesto for the bankrupt city.
Honourable Mention: Sand Babel: Solar-Powered 3D Printed Tower
This desert-based design is meant as a tourist attraction-cum-research facility made by 3D printing sand. The project takes inspiration from various natural elements to create and beautiful and organic-looking structure.
Honourable Mention: Climatology Tower
This design is for an urban research centre to assess a city’s climate and improve the environment with mechanical engineering. The project is designed to be a kind of doctor for a city, identifying microclimate problems and taking steps to resolve them.
Honourable Mention: Hyper-Speed Vertical Train Hub
This design is a proposal for a future transport hub that utilises the vertical exterior of the building for tracks as a way of saving increasingly fought-over space. The carriage interiors will pivot like a ferris wheel, ensuring that passengers always remain upright.
Honourable Mention: Bamboo Forest: Skyscrapers and Scaffoldings In Symbiosis
This design takes inspiration from bamboo scaffolding, which is used in many parts of Asia, to create skyscrapers that are extremely flexible in use. A grid design means each unit can be easily customised, enabling occupants to adjust the space to meet their needs.
Honourable Mention: PieXus Tower: Maritime Transportation Hub Skyscraper For Hong Kong
Designed as a transportation hub for the ever-crowded Hong Kong, this project is intended to neighbour the main ferry terminal. The flowing shapes around the outside not only look amazing but also serve a purpose: they allow cars to drive up the tower to access shops, business shapes and residential areas.
Honourable Mention: Hyper Filter Skyscraper
This pine cone-like design provides a valuable environmental function to smoggy and polluted cities: it ‘breathes’. Each tube-like protrusion is designed to inhale carbon dioxide and other harmful gases and exhale concentrated oxygen, cleaning the air of cities in a striking and unusual way.
Honourable Mention: Project Blue
Polluted air was a definite trend this year: Project Blue is also designed to tackle city smog, but this time with an added benefit. The structures are upside-down cooling towers that extract surplus carbon dioxide and convert it into water coal, which can in turn be converted into methane for use as fuel.
Honourable Mention: Urban Alloy Tower
This stunning design is intended for existing cities such as New York to create new living space without needing to knock down buildings. It sits around existing transport interchanges, and uses a unique structural method to maximise both views and light access.
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