eVolo Magazine is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Skyscraper Competition. The award was established in 2006 to recognize outstanding ideas for vertical living. Since then, the publication has received more than 5,000 projects that envision the future of building high. These ideas, through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.
In 2013, the Jury, formed by leaders of the architecture and design fields selected 3 winners and 24 honorable mentions. eVolo Magazine received 625 projects from all continents and 83 different countries. The winners were selected for their creativity, ingenuity, and understanding of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities.
1st Place – polar umbrella
The first place was awarded to Derek Pirozzi from the United States, for his project “Polar Umbrella”. The proposal is a buoyant skyscraper that rebuilds the arctic ice caps by reducing the surface’s heat gain and freezing ocean water. In addition, the super-structure is equipped with a desalinization plant and solar powered research facilities and eco-tourist attractions.
2nd Place – phobia skyscraper
The recipients of the second place are Darius Maïkoff and Elodie Godo from France, for their “Phobia Skyscraper”. The project 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.
3rd Place – floating skyscraper
The third place was awarded to Ting Xu and Yiming Chen from China, for their project “Light Park”, a floating skyscraper that takes new development within large cities to the sky. The project allows for a continuous growth of the world’s mega-cities by providing adequate infrastructure, housing, commercial, and recreational areas.
The honorable mentions include several projects that explore a sustainable urban future including a pH conditioner skyscraper that resembles a jellyfish and purifies polluted air or a volcano skyscraper that harvests geothermal energy. Some projects explore new frontiers such as a proposed network of skyscrapers in the stratosphere, a cluster of artificial islands that create the 7th continent in the Pacific Ocean, and nomad skyscrapers that terraform Mars. Other honorable mentions include morphing structures and digital explorations among many more ideas that look into the future of our natural and built environments.
The members of the Jury are: Vincent Callebaut [principal Vincent Callebaut Architectures], Giacomo Costa [visionary artist, author: The Chronicles of Time], Julien De Smedt [principal Julien De Smedt Architects - JDS], Hernan Diaz Alonso [principal Xefirotarch, Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc], Mathias Hollwich [principal HWKN, founder Architizer], Ed Keller [principal aUm Studio, Associate Dean at Parsons New School of Design], Marc Kushner [principal HWKN, founder Architizer], Francois Roche [principal R&Sie(n) architecture, professor at GSAPP Columbia University], Roland Snooks [principal Kokkugia, professor at GSAPP Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania], Dongbai Song [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition], Tuuli Sotamaa [principal Sotamaa Design, designer at Alessi], Kivi Sotamaa [principal Sotamaa Design, Director at Aalto Digital Design Laboratory, Professor at UCLA], Tom Wiscombe [principal Tom Wiscombe Design, professor at SCI-Arc], Hongchuan Zhao [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition] , Zhi Zheng [winner 2012 Skyscraper Competition]
The honorable mentions projects
mention 0022 symbiocity
mention 0060 urban earthworm
mention 0094 water rebalance
mention 0130 volcanoscraper
mention 0171 craterscraper
mention 0318 mountain skyscraper
mention 0342 ph conditioner
mention 0344 soundscraper
mention 0353 stratosphere
mention 0368 7th continent
mention 0397 wood skyscraper
mention 0436 live dead skyscraper
mention 0478 zero skyscraper
mention 0514 sea city
mention 0542 generative strands
mention 0703 nomad skyscraper
mention 0735 moses skyscraper
mention 0758 vertical farm
mention 0791 quantum skyscraper
mention 0811 cleaning skyscraper
mention 0839 skinscape
mention 0846 martian ring
mention 1027 sphere skyscraper
mention 1086 mist skyscraper