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2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners announced

The winners have been announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition
The winners have been announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition
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The winners have been announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition
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The winners have been announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition
The first-placed Essence Skyscraper was designed by Polish group Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan and Jakub Pudo
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The first-placed Essence Skyscraper was designed by Polish group Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan and Jakub Pudo
The Essence Skyscraper aims to put "non-architectural phenomena" in an urban environment
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The Essence Skyscraper aims to put "non-architectural phenomena" in an urban environment
The Essence Skyscraper incorporates 11 different habitats, such as an ocean, jungle, cave and waterfall
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The Essence Skyscraper incorporates 11 different habitats, such as an ocean, jungle, cave and waterfall
In second place was the Shany-Scraper, designed by Suraksha Bhatla and Sharan Sundar
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In second place was the Shany-Scraper, designed by Suraksha Bhatla and Sharan Sundar
The Shanty-Scaper aims to provide housing, work and recreational spaces to those living in the slums of India's Chennai city
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The Shanty-Scaper aims to provide housing, work and recreational spaces to those living in the slums of India's Chennai city
The Shanty-Scraper makes use of post-construction debris, such as pipes, corrugated metal sheets and timber
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The Shanty-Scraper makes use of post-construction debris, such as pipes, corrugated metal sheets and timber
The final and third-place winner is called Cybertopia and was designed by Egor Orlov
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The final and third-place winner is called Cybertopia and was designed by Egor Orlov
Cybertopia imagines the city of the future as a combination of digital and physical worlds
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Cybertopia imagines the city of the future as a combination of digital and physical worlds
Cybertopia imagines a future in which structures grows and morphs according to our needs
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Cybertopia imagines a future in which structures grows and morphs according to our needs

The winners of this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition have been announced. The annual contest was established in 2006 with the aim of recognizing outstanding ideas for vertical living. This year's overall winner, the Essence Skyscraper, contains a variety of diverse natural habitats.

The eVolo competition seeks concepts that challenge the way we understand vertical architecture through the use of of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. Last year's winner, for example, was Yong Ju Lee, whose Vernacular Versatility design used the wooden style of traditional Korean houses. In 2013, Derek Pirozzi's Polar Umbrella solar shade for ice caps took the top honor.

This year, three winners and 15 honorable mentions were selected from a total of 480 entries. eVolo says they were chosen "for their creativity, ingenuity and understanding of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities."

The Essence Skyscraper incorporates 11 different habitats, such as an ocean, jungle, cave and waterfall
The Essence Skyscraper incorporates 11 different habitats, such as an ocean, jungle, cave and waterfall

The first-placed Essence Skyscraper was designed by Polish group Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan and Jakub Pudo. It aims to put "non-architectural phenomena" in an urban environment. The design incorporates 11 different habitats, such as an ocean, jungle, cave and waterfall.

The Shanty-Scraper makes use of post-construction debris, such as pipes, corrugated metal sheets and timber
The Shanty-Scraper makes use of post-construction debris, such as pipes, corrugated metal sheets and timber

In second place, the aim of the Shanty-Scaper is to provide housing, work and recreational spaces to those living in the slums of India's Chennai city. Designed by Suraksha Bhatla and Sharan Sundar, it makes use of post-construction debris, such as pipes, corrugated metal sheets and timber.

Cybertopia imagines a future in which structures grows and morphs according to our needs
Cybertopia imagines a future in which structures grows and morphs according to our needs

The final and third-place winner is called Cybertopia. It was designed by Russia's Egor Orlov and imagines the city of the future as a combination of digital and physical worlds. Orlov envisions a future in which physical and mechanical laws are not as we know them now, and structures grow and morph according to our needs.

The honorable mentions include concepts designed for the Arctic, to reverse desertification and that see abandoned oil rigs transformed into bio-habitats.

Source: eVolo

4 comments
Bob Flint
Winners 1, & 2 share scaffolding outer, & inner both look incomplete and messy, while #3 is Fantasyland, maybe Disney would be interested ?
Bruce Williams
I'd hate to live downwind from Shanty Scraper. The falling debris would be lethal.
the.other.will
It's hard to imagine circumstances under which the Essence would actually be constructed. Cybertopia will have to wait for technologies that don't exist yet. The Shanty-Scraper will address urgent needs if the savings in cost of materials, etc. make the idea financially practical.
lwesson
What UN-Earthly unholy monstrosities, what things are these? It is as if the ghost of Pablo Picasso possessed much of the architecture world, and sent the possessed into seizure ridden convulsions. Of course, what is called Modern "Art" is also afflicted with grasping for the most profane, unintelligible rubbish and crying out that it is ART! The true story about a maintenance worker throwing away a crumpled paper bag in an "art" gallery only to be admonished for throwing away an "Art" treasure, is a favorite. I have a friend who was a curator for a Modern Art Gallery. By the time she left, she had had it with the "Artists" and what passes as "Art". Over exposure my guess.
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