winners of evolo's 2011 skyscraper competion announced
winners of evolo's 2011 skyscraper competion announced winners of evolo's 2011 skyscraper competion announced
mar 08, 2011

winners of evolo's 2011 skyscraper competion announced

‘LO2P recycling skyscraper’ by atelier CMJN, new delhi, india images courtesy of eVolo magazine

the winners have been announced for 2011’s skyscraper competition hosted by eVolo magazine. this is the fifth year for the annual competition, which recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design. awards are given to young talent, who through the use of new materials and technologies are looking to change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with natural and built environments.

first place was awarded to julien combes, gaël brulé of parisian studio, atelier CMJN for their ‘LO2P Recycling Skyscraper’ in new dehli, india. the project, a ferris wheel-style structure, was designed as a large-scale wind turbine that filters polluted air through a series of particle collector membranes, elevated greenhouses, and mineralization baths.

‘LO2P recycling skyscraper’ by atelier CMJN

yoann mescam, paul-eric schirr-bonnans and xavier schirr-bonnans of france took second place for their design, ‘flat tower’, a dome-like horizontal skyscraper that harvests solar energy, collects rainwater and preserves the existing urban fabric at ground level due to its large skylights and small footprint.

‘flat tower’ by yoann mescam, paul-eric schirr-bonnans and xavier schirr-bonnans

aerial view of ‘flat tower’

night shot of ‘flat tower’

third place went to yheu-shen chua from the united kingdom for a project that re-images the infamous hoover dam in the united states as an inhabitable tower that unifies the power plant with a gallery, aquarium and viewing platform.

‘re-imagining the hoover dam’ by yheu-shen chua

site plan of ‘re-imagining the hoover dam’

(from left to right) surrounding tower, above tower, in between containers

among the honorable mentions were structures that look to studies on globalization, adaptation and the digital revolution as a means of re-interpretation. included in the shortlist were towers that clean oil spills and desalinate seawater, inverted skyscrapers, recycling towers, fish farms, and ‘living mountains’ for desert climates.

‘hopetel: transitional high-rise housing’ by asaf dali

exterior, interior and balcony views of ‘hopetel: transitional high-rise housing’

‘waste collector skyscraper’ by agata sander, tomek kujawski

‘neotax: three-dimensional city grid’ by studio DMTW

‘borough no.6 – new york city’ by john houser

interior view of ‘borough no.6 – new york city’

‘tourist city skyscraper’ by UseCollective

interior of ‘tourist city skyscraper’

‘living mountain’ by taming

‘living mountain’


  • Flat tower should have won….

    jda says:
  • Flat tower is a genius design!

    iskender says:
  • flat tower reminds me of zerg from starcraft

    nikiu says:
  • some great stuff going on here

    much of it has Soleri DNA about it (!)

    dbkii says:
  • Flat tower has not interior space, is a object, i like borough n6 and hopetel

    eacastros says:
  • I find it alarming that the supposedly ‘new and hip’ designs mostly resembles still photos of abandoned futuristic cities. Is this the kind of enviroment we’d like to see ourselve living in in the future? I particularly like the inside visulasation of ‘Borough No.6 – New York City’. It’s something straight out of a Sci-Fi ghoststory..

    Ainee says:
  • Beyond copying Archigram and that ilk, all these projects would become suicide Mecca’s that the world has never before seen. I look at those renderings, and I want to jump!

    Seriously, stop wasting time with 3D modeling programs and start studying architecture

    sassark says:
  • LO2P is possible and innovative. Most of the others, especially Flat Tower, appear to revisit the inner city urban catastrophe of the 60s-70s; the complete and total failure of Le Corbusier’s ‘machines for living’ concept. Have we learned nothing of how destructive these designs are to communities and people?And if you lived in the middle how long would it take to walk there with your shopping? I used to live in a 2nd floor flat and it was a bitch to find somebody that’d deliver a washing machine. You’d have no chance here.
    However, the illustrations can stand proud as homages to Chris Foss and Syd Mead; which is no bad thing.

    Lombax says:

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