The results of eVolo Magazine’s 2012 Skyscraper Competition have been announced and include some impressive displays of ingenuity and forward thinking. The annual contest encourages young and emerging architects to submit their inventive concepts that ‘redefine skyscraper design’ to be judged by a panel including several WAN 21 for 21 Award entrants: Michel Rojkind of Rojkind Arquitectos, Tobias Wallisser of LAVA, and Ma Yansong of winners MAD Architects.
Entries to the Skyscraper Competition have to integrate new technologies, materials, programmes, aesthetics and spatial organisations into their concept designs and demonstrate the ability to produce dynamic vertical community spaces.
This year’s winner was a collaborative effort between three Chinese designers, Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao and Dongbai Song, whose ‘Himalaya Water Tower’ was selected for its ingenious concept of collecting rainwater which is then frozen and stored for later use. These high-tech structures can be easily replicated en masse and can store high volumes of water for when the mountains’ natural supplies have dried up.
Second place was awarded to ‘Mountain Band-Aid’, a sensitive project by Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia and Zihan Wang. The scheme suggests an ethereal structure that acted as a transportation device for the Hmong mountain people whilst restoring the ecology of the Yunnan Mountain Range.
Lin Yu-Ta came third for ‘Vertical Landfill’, an engaging project which has been conceptualised to remind those dwelling in large cities of the immense volume of rubbish produced on a never-ending basis. Aside from this moral purpose, the ‘Vertical Landfill’ skyscraper also harvests energy from waste decomposition.
A number of other submissions received honourable mentions including Victor Kopieikin and Pavlo Zabotin’s Citadel Skyscraper, Yin Xiao and Shengchen Yang’s Occupy Skyscraper, and Adrien Piebourg and Bastien Papetti’s Folded City.