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eVolo 2010 Skyscraper Competition winners announced

March 11, 2010

Winning designs include a prison in the sky, a water purification tower and a tower built from carbon sleeves and fibre-laced concrete.

eVolo has announced the winners of its 2010 Skyscraper Competition. Three winning proposals were selected, along with 27 special mentions out of a total of 430 entries from 42 countries.

The annual ideas competition recognises outstanding proposals that redefine the design of skyscrapers through new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organisation. It seeks to discover young talents whose ideas have the ability to change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

Winners were judged according to each proposal’s consideration of globalization, sustainability, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution.

First prize was awarded to a team of architecture students from Malaysia. Chow Khoon Toong, Ong Tien Yee, and Beh Ssi Cze designed a vertical prison in the sky, where inmates work and live in a free and productive community that contributes to the host city below.

Agricultural fields, factories and recyclable plants are managed by the offenders as a way to back to the community. The vertical prison has its own transportation system with different “pods” for officers, prisoners, firefighters, and other workers.

Second place was awarded to Indonesian team Rezza Rahdian, Erwin Setiawan, Ayu Diah Shanti, and Leonardus Chrisnantyo, who designed a water purification tower that would purify and repair the Ciliwung River habitat.

Called the Ciliwung Recovery Program, the building collects rubbish, filters the river water and provides housing for the people currently living in slums along the banks of the river.

A project called the Nested Skyscraper received third prize. Designed by US team Ryohei Koike and Jarod Poenisch, the tower is made from carbon sleeves and fibre-laced concrete, with layers of louvers that thicken and rotate according to solar and wind exposure.

The proposal also explores robotic construction techniques, with teams of robots building each of the layers and freeing the skyscraper typology from the rigid multiplication of floor plates.

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