2021 eVolo skyscraper competition winners focus on sustainable urban design

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The winners of the Concours Gratte-Ciel 2021 organized by eVolo Magazine have been announced. The prizes, awarded annually since the competition began in 2006, are based on outstanding innovative projects in skyscraper design.

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The Skyscraper Competition is a premier award for skyscraper design and represents forward thinking thinking in technology, material selection, programs, aesthetics and spatial organization. The winning designs challenge the current understanding of vertical architecture and its connection to the surrounding environmental and human elements, as well as to the citizens of the city.

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The 2021 competition received 492 project applications from around the world, from which the jury selected three winners and 20 honorable mentions.

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First place: Living skyscraper

The first place design was awarded to the team consisting of members Andrii Lesiuk, Mykhaylo Kohut, Sofiia Shkoliar, Kateryna Ivashchuk, Nazarii Duda, Mariia Shkolnyk, Oksana-Daryna Kytsiuk and Andrii Honcharenko from Ukraine. Called Living Skyscraper, the project focuses on the use of genetically modified trees.

The team set out to tackle several social issues such as the loss of green space while simultaneously supporting sustainable urban growth. The answer is to shape the trees into living skyscrapers that provide livable green spaces that contrast sharply with the surrounding sea of ​​gray buildings.

Large deciduous hardwoods get nutrients from carefully prepared soil and then grow in the building while supporting it with a strong root system and branches.

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The second place: Lluvioso skyscraper

The second place team is made up of Amit Deutch, Roni Dominitz and Tamar Kerber from Israel for the project called Lluvioso Skyscraper. Planned for a location in Mexico, this innovative idea addresses water issues in the region, including flooding and water shortages.

The new design uses vertical height to collect rainwater and channel it into Mexico City’s declining underground aquifer water supply. It is made up of several buildings, scattered over an area of ​​the city that suffers from a high risk of flooding.

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Third place: Hmong skyscrapers

The third prize honors Chinese members Xiangshu Kong, Xiaoyong Zhang and Mingsong Sun for their Hmong Skyscraper proposal, an architectural response to the problems facing the ancient Hmong civilization. This project aims to respect the agricultural culture of the population while providing safe urban housing, with a basic design of houses on stilts interconnected in a skyscraper.

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