Architecture magazine eVolo takes readers into the future with its annual skyscraper competition, which rewards innovative ideas for vertical living.
For its ninth annual competition, the magazine received 525 projects from 43 countries in all continents. Three winners and 20 honorable mentions were selected by a jury of leaders in the fields of architecture and design.
The winners and honorees may not be the buildings of today, or even tomorrow, but they present new ideas for how we may construct and reside in skyscrapers in the future.
The first prize went to 'Vernacular Versatility,' a proposal that reinterprets traditional Korean architecture in a contemporary mixed-use high-rise.
This second place place project, 'Car and Shell Skyscraper,' proposes a city in the sky for Detroit comprised of homes, recreational areas, and commercial areas stacked in a large cube.
The environmentally friendly third place winner 'Propagate Skyscraper' aims to obtain and contain greenhouse gases in order to lessen their presence in the atmosphere.
'Sand Babel' is a proposal for a group of ecological structures designed as scientific research facilities and tourist attractions for the desert. The main portion of each building would constructed with sand, sintered through a solar-powered 3D printer, and inspired by the designs of various desert phenomena.
'Climatology Tower' is a new take on a greenhouse that would function as a research center to evaluate a city's meteorology and helps the environment through mechanical engineering.
'Launchspire' aspires to eliminate the 'hydrocarbon dependency' of an aircraft during takeoff by using an electromagnetism force.
This massive-looking water tower will prevent fires by capturing rainwater in the rainy season and irrigating the land in the dry season for the Amazon.
'The New Tower Of Babel' is a proposal for a steel construction in the desert that could function as an 'open city.'
The 'Bamboo Forest' project proposes to make bamboo scaffoldings a permanent part of buildings, specifically in Asia. Benefits would include the possibility of vertical gardens and additional stabilisation during earthquakes.
'PieXus,' an abstract skyscraper, would be set on Hong Kong's harbor to act as a hub for water and street traffic, with apartments in the upper levels.
Honorable Mention. PieXus Tower: Maritime Transportation Hub Skyscraper For Hong Kong. Chris Thackrey, Steven Ma, Bao An Nguyen Phuoc, Christos Koukis, Matus Nedecky, Stefan Turcovsky (United States)
The 'Hyper Filter Skyscraper' is designed to 'inhale' carbon dioxide and other harmful gases in cities and 'exhale' concentrated oxygen.
'Project Blue,' an umbrella-like structure, aims to transform particles into green energy by creating an enormous upside down cooling tower.
This proposal was created with earthquakes in mind. 'Liquefactor' would adapt to nature and sink into unstable soil rather than be destroyed in the event of a disaster.
'Urban Alloy Tower' aims to create more housing located directly on the intersections of train lines in cities like New York.
'Skyvillage For Los Angeles' is a proposal for a building that includes green filtering towers to clean freeways, and also connect the city's segmented downtown.
This underground project would repurpose an abandoned mine in Lubumbashi, Congo for a university campus.
'The Blossom Tower,' set in Malaysia, would include a sculpture park, outdoor performance spaces, a new 'Museum of People,' and a Sky Walk with a cafe at the top.
'Seawer' is a proposal for an underwater structure that acts as a drainage hole to engulf floating trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive accumulation of debris in the ocean.
'Infill Aquifer' is a proposal for an urban building that can regenerate and rehabilitate groundwater as a means of sustainability.
'Re-Silience Skyscraper' is a green project that rethinks the skyscrapers by optimising soil and biomass.
This arch-heavy building, which would be located at the abandoned Chicago Spire, would bring back Classical architecture in a historically significant location.
This projects envisions building more vertical manufacturing towers in New York City in the face of growing global trade. The three towers would be perched on the Newtown Creek peninsula in Queens.
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