eVolo Magazine's skyscraper competition has announced their 2019 winners. One of the biggest and best known architectural ideas competitions out there, the yearly contest invites entrants to submit their most creative skyscraper designs that rethink vertical architecture and its relationship to the built and natural environments.
This year, the jury selected three winners hailing from Serbia, Poland, and the United Kingdom, along with 27 honorable mentions. Among this year's winners are a vertical city-district in Belgrade that serves as landfill; another that cleans the air of heavily polluted areas; and a nature reserve skyscraper with research facilities.
Scroll down to see the winning entries!
1ST PLACE: METHANESCRAPER
by Marko Dragicevic | Serbia
Project description: "Basing its foundations on the outlines of the Belgrade city, the new infrastructure generated on the left bank of the Danube river aims to establish a balance in hypothetical context of environmental and social imbalances by forming a new socio-industrial element in the form of a new city district. This new urban structure, District 3, can be defined as an anticipated context of overpopulation and mass urbanization, where the complex of vertical landfill systems serves as a response to the ever-growing amounts of disposable waste, shortage of natural resources and usable space, transforming informal Belgrade structures into the mechanism of material, economic and societal recycling." More project info, here.
2ND PLACE: Airscraper
by Klaudia Gołaszewska, Marek Grodzicki | Poland
Project description: "The task of adapting cities to the impacts of air pollution is of great importance – megacities with their dense population, high traffic congestion and increasing CO2 emissions face major air pollution problems. Beijing is an alarming example of this problem. On certain days the city becomes nearly ‘uninhabitable’ due to dangerous levels of pollution. Around 1 million premature deaths per year, is a clear manifestation of this. Can architecture solve or help to alleviate the problem? Can we take one step further from Le Corbusier’s house as a machine for living, towards the skyscrapers as a machine for survival?" More project info, here.
3RD PLACE: Biosphere Skyscraper
by Zijan Wan, Xiaozhi Qi, Yueya Liu | United Kingdom
Project description: "At multiple times in history and over different periods, the blue planet successfully breeds diversity of species at every inch on land and has experienced a level of natural climate change variability. The complex components of the ecosystem are undergoing constant changes, while a dynamic balance is getting harder to maintain. Seeing the latest period of rising global surface temperatures is without precedent indecent years, as well as the conflictive relationship between human activity and habitat degradation, the conservation of wildlife should not be ignored. In general, the entire ecosystem on earth is experiencing a hard time. If society continues the current trend of apathy, we are doomed towards a very bleak future." More project info, here.
Take a look at a selection of the honorable mentions in the gallery below.
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