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The three winning projects in this years skyscraper competition, organised by eVolo Magazine, have been announced. The competition rewards speculative designs that propose innovative schemes for skyscraper design.
The annual competition, first held in 2006, recognises the original use of new technologies, materials, programs and aesthetics, and seeks to discover new young talent whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship to the built environment.
First place was awarded to a scheme by Atelier CMJN called the LO2P Recycling Skyscraper. The project, designed for New Delhi in India, features a large-scale wind turbine at its core, which filters the polluted air of the city and acts as a giant lung.
The building would be constructed from old cars, while a system of greenhouses and rotating filters would capture the suspended particles in the air. Waste heat and carbon dioxide produced by the recycling centre would then be used to grow plants that in turn produce bio fuels.
Second place was presented to French team Yoann Mescam, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, Xavier Schirr-Bonnans, whose proposal for a new high-density typology, called Flat Tower, features a dome structure designed for medium-sized cities.
The surface of the Flat Towers dome is perforated to allow sunlight into the agricultural fields and interior spaces below, while the exterior shell harvests solar power and collects rain water.
A concept design for a skyscraper that slots into the Hoover Dam in the US was awarded third prize. Designed by Yheu-Shen Chua from the UK, the building reconfigures the viewing platform, bridge and gallery that currently exist on the site by bringing them together into a single structure.
The three winners were selected from 715 entries, submitted by teams from 95 different countries. Honourable mentions were also awarded to 32 projects that included waterscrapers that clean oil spills and desalinate sea water, inverted skyscrapers designed as a floating Olympic villa, vertical cemeteries and amusement parks, sports skyscrapers, fish farms and living mountains for use in desert climates.