International Architecture Competition

SKYHIVE

Skyscraper challenge! Edition #2 (2019)

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

SKYHIVE

The SKYHIVE 2019 Skyscraper Challenge is the second annual architecture competition intended to generate design ideas for iconic high rise buildings in cities around the globe. As part of this design series, participants are encouraged to incorporate new technologies, materials, forms, spatial organizations, and construction systems in their designs for a skyscraper.

The SKYHIVE is an open architecture ideas competition. Participants are given a brief with few restrictions on site, program, or height. Placing emphasis on the need for towers to respond to issues of density, the submitted design is requested to be limited to a site of 130x80 meters.

Submitted projects focused on a range of topics. Each submission was judged based on the elements of its design that were deemed innovative. Proposals that questioned or built upon the standards of high-rise construction, as well as those that considered economic, social, and cultural impacts, were judged positively. Special consideration was given to proposals that implemented innovative sustainable systems. In accordance with the competition brief, the jury also evaluated each entry based on its potential to serve as a new architectural landmark within its chosen geographical region.

Bee Breeders would like to thank the participants for their design submissions. This second annual SKYHIVE competition built upon last year’s imaginative examinations of the relationships between skyscrapers and the natural world, the community, and the city.

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ideas COMPETITION
Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jan 04
Mar 09
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SKYHIVE

Skyscraper challenge! Edition #2 (2019)
1st Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Mobius Tower - Landscape in the Air

Authors

Ka Wah Francis Cheung

University

The university of hong kong
+174 points!

Hong Kong

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

After half a century of contemporary architecture development, it reaches the bottleneck where designs start to repeat. Scholars have defined architectural typologies and architects have a certain architectural stereotype. It is time the architects start envisioning architecture in an unconventional way. Why should all floor slabs along a skyscraper be identical? Why not a landscape in the sky? With the advent of high technology, we should embrace the future and develop more radical designs that will no longer be unbuildable sooner or later.

Jury commentary

The proposal questions the conventional flat-slab organization of high-rise buildings. It rethinks this arrangement by embedding a skyscraper with a host of new vertical connections, defining what is summarizes as a new “spatial experience, structural system, and circulation.” The exciting submission is complete with a number of excellent model photos and diagrams used to describe a curved floorplate that treats multiple levels as a single, continuous space. The jury questions the program type and encourages the designer to further consider how the building may be populated. Can such a new floor construction also bring about new program relationships for housing or offices? If so, such drawings and diagrams would be useful to strengthen the proposal.

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Coscienza Intuitiva

Authors

Federico Fauli

Italy

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

I participate in architecture vision competition because I do believe that most of architecture is shaped from competition. Each architecture project needs to contribute to the critical nature of the discipline and expand it through its value, architecture should not just be something that follows up on events but that is the leader happening. The process of creation should never be guided just by political or moral terms, moreover, I do feel that this allows talented architects to explore and to escape from social and economical driven boundaries. These are the reasons why I'm participating in architecture vision competition.

Jury commentary

‘Coscienza Intuitiva’ is meant to serve as a new form of public space and as a project constantly undergoing transformation. Located in the historic Italian city of Palermo, it is designed as an amalgamation of elements, typologies, materials, and languages. It depicts a tower of fragmented ruins. Through a series of precise drawings, it is formed by stacking historical architectural elements to form a vertical repository of culture and identities. The tower is meant to both display and be supported structurally by fossils of the city, a city that is never complete, but forever undergoing an architectural, cultural, and symbolic evolution.

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Tesseract: Time Based Home Ownership Incentivisation Model

Authors

Bryant Lau Liang Cheng

University

National university of singapore
+74 points!

Singapore

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Over the years in my architecture education, my ideas have often been criticized for being "bad" due to dealing with polarizing issues that simply cannot be solved by architecture alone - a criteria which architecture is based upon especially in academia settings. Once, I was even told by a tutor that I did not belong in architecture school and that I should quit because of how bad my ideas were. The solution I eventually found was to use ideas that don't work well in schools for international design competitions instead - allowing these ideas to be freely explored and developed without having to deal with consequences. This is the main reason I participate in architecture vision competitions.

Jury commentary

‘Tesseract’ is a model evolutionary tower addressed to incentivize home ownership. The concept proposes an architectural system that allows residents to take part in the design of their own units as well as the design of the programs within the building. Therefore the exact form of the tower is dependant on the specific users it attracts over time. Residents choose their preferred amenities and common spaces, and the building is therefore customized to reflect an unique identity. The submission includes an accomplished vertical section that describes well the intended variety of spaces such a building might contain. The jury was positive about this intended variety more so than its depiction of a common unit interior, which it found to be rather banal given the project’s aspirations for form.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

Machina: Air Colonnade

Authors

San Yoon
Minjae Koo

South Korea

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We believe that this kind of gesture makes reality better. Architects who work in the field have limited time to think about diverse ideas. Participating in architecture vision competitions does have a lot of value in terms of studying and learning different perspectives, getting away from the frame of reality, and also providing examples for others.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

The Cloud

University

Syracuse university
+72 points!

Country

Hong Kong

Project authors

Yidian Liu
Nathaniel Banks

Project Name

Knowledge Tower

University

Msa| münster school of architecture
+72 points!

Country

Germany

Project authors

Simon Schilz
Moritz Wesseler

Project Name

Climatescraper

University

Gdańsk university of technology
+72 points!

Country

Poland

Project authors

Kajetan Witkowski
Tomasz Żygo

Project Name

Topiary

University

Southern california institute of architecture
+72 points!

Country

United States

Project authors

Jonathan L. Ong

Project Name

Kowloon Tectonic Tower

Country

Malaysia

Project authors

Michael Tan
Haseef Rafiei
Khaled Salem
Ng Jia Han

Project Name

Highrice

University

Msa | münster school of architecture
+72 points!

Country

Germany

Project authors

Florian Heinz
Tillman Pospischil
Jens Bardenhorst

Shortlisted projects

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Russian Federation

Moscow Institute of architecture - MARHI , Московский архитектурный институт - МАРХИ

+22 points!
polina boldyreva

New Zealand

tyler harlen
robinson yang
dan castro

United Arab Emirates

American University of Sharjah

+22 points!
baker alzubaidi
mohammed wadi
mohamed laoufi

United States

kai huang
yilin wang
chenyu ding
tianyi wang

Germany

MSA, Münster School of Architecture / Fachhochschule Münster

+72 points!
florian heinz
tillman pospischil
jens bardenhorst

Malaysia

michael tan
haseef rafiei
khaled salem
ng jia han

Canada

Claudio rabaglino architect inc

gregoire dechaine

Poland

Sopocka Szkoła Wyższa z siedzibą w Sopocie, Sopot University of Applied Science

+22 points!
katarzyna lejk

United Kingdom

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

+22 points!
harley borrell

United States

frank yang
cass smith
iva langrova

Saudi Arabia

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)

+22 points!
abdullah aljudaybi
abdullah aldaham

Saudi Arabia

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)

+22 points!
ahmad alomar
anas alshammari

Turkey

İzmir University of Economics

+22 points!
erman eskikoy

United States

SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture

+72 points!
jonathan l. ong

Myanmar

Blue temple

raphaël monnier
naing win aung
lin htet nyan

Netherlands

Uarchitects

misak terzibasiyan
nayem mohammad
emily o'brien
leila haase

Germany

FH Münster Fachbereich Architektur, MSA Muenster School of Architecture

+22 points!
jonas wentzien
maria richter

Cyprus

Neapolis University Pafos

+22 points!
maria giannaka
nikos sokorelis

Canada

shidong wang
kangmin lee
saqib mansoor

Germany

MSA, Münster School of Architecture / Fachhochschule Münster

+72 points!
simon schilz
moritz wesseler

Japan

Waseda University Art and Architecture school

+22 points!
kotomi kameda
gaku shinohara
ruriko ueda
kazuki shimizu

Qatar

UIC Barcelona , Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

+22 points!
abdulrahman harib
valerija galkina
carla roemmelt

United States

Ware malcomb

rob kiester
ryan kane
erik randa

Hong Kong

Syracuse University

+72 points!
yidian liu
nathaniel banks

Poland

Cracow University of Technology (Politechnika Krakowska im. Tadeusza Kościuszki)

+22 points!
piotr dziewierz
michał siupik
karolina szczepara
wojciech zakrzewski

United Arab Emirates

Darchex (dubai architectural excellence)

brahim zouaoui
souhail zouaoui
anas bensaoud

Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong

+174 points!
ka wah francis cheung

Taiwan

Taiwan Tech - National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

+22 points!
chih-ting yeh

Austria

Vienna University of Technology , Technische Universität Wien, TU Wien

+22 points!
stefan weiner

Taiwan

Taiwan Tech - National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

+22 points!
chiao-yun fan
lisha chen

Poland

Gdańsk University of Technology (Politechnika Gdańska)

+72 points!
kajetan witkowski
tomasz Żygo

Singapore

National University of Singapore

+74 points!
bryant lau liang cheng

Germany

jonas kurtscheidt
karsten heuser

Croatia

Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb

+22 points!
leila nanuk

United States

University of New Mexico

+22 points!
krysta griego

Germany

Technische Universität Darmstadt, TU Darmstadt

+22 points!
christian brönner
aki käppeler

United States

Iowa State University

+22 points!
alexander carolan

India

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

+22 points!
anirudh sharma

United States

NewSchool of Architecture and Design

+22 points!
nathaniel berk

Romania

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism - UAUIM

+22 points!
maria turcu
mihai mitrică
alina măldărescu
alina lixeanu

Kuwait

NewSchool of Architecture and Design

+22 points!
firas alrakhayes

China

Zhejiang A&F University - 浙江农林大学

+22 points!
tu yanyu
lin tong

Netherlands

mark van wasbeek
jules stefelmanns

Lithuania

Vilnius GEdiminas Technical University

+22 points!
sarunas petrauskas

Poland

Bialystok University of Technology (Politechnika Białostocka)

+22 points!
kamila wolejko

United States

carriebeth ruzicka
brian kemp
hassan haltam
kara grant

Netherlands

Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, Rotterdamse Academie van Bouwkunst

+22 points!
lars fraij
sjoerd goijarts

France

mutations architectes pierre de montigny

Singapore

National University of Singapore

+22 points!
yu heng lim
shichan shen
yun chou han
 

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
Greening the Industrial City
Houston ★ Texas

Submit a masterplan for an industrial park in Houston, Texas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 16
Sep 23
Oct 14
project COMPETITION
Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes

Design guest homes for an organic winery in Italy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 07
Sep 07
Nov 01
project COMPETITION
Painters' Lake House

Design a picturesque painters' residence

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 09
Sep 09
Nov 03
project COMPETITION
Gaudi La Coma Artists’ Residences

Design a sustainable artists residence in honor of Antoni Gaudi

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 10
Sep 13
Nov 04
project COMPETITION
Iceland Movie Pavilion

Design a movie pavilion set in the stunning scenery of northern Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 17
Sep 14
Nov 08
ideas COMPETITION
Tokyo Urban Meditation Cabins

Design meditation cabins to help Tokyo citizens destress and reconnect

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 08
Sep 15
Nov 09
ideas COMPETITION
Memorial for Witches
Edition #1

Design a structure that would function as a source of education on past events or a method of raising awareness of ongoing injustices

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 08
Sep 20
Nov 11

Reccuring architecture competitions

ideas COMPETITION
Timber Skyscraper
SKYHIVE Skyscraper challenge! Edition #6

Design an iconic new skyscraper constructed from timber

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME
Small living, huge impact! Edition #5

Design a new concept of small-scale home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 03
ideas COMPETITION
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Architectural Visualization Award
Edition #1

Present your best work and submit your favorite architectural visualization

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 16
Sep 22
Nov 10
Run repeatedly
Las Vegas Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #14

Design affordable housing in Las Vegas

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Jun 08
Sep 08
Nov 02
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Run repeatedly
Rammed Earth Pavilion
Material studies. Edition #2

Design a pavilion to exhibit rammed earth as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Sep 06
Nov 02
Jan 05
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Run repeatedly
Silent contest
For this competition, NO DESCRIPTION TEXT is allowed. The architecture ideas must be communicated strictly with visuals.
Museum of Emotions
Edition #2

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Aug 02
Oct 05
Dec 01
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Creativity gym Short term competitions for you to exercise your creativity

essay COMPETITION
Why do you enter architecture competitions?

Share your views on architecture competitions

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 07
Feb 02
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T-SHIRT DRAWING COMPETITION
The Architect's T-shirt Edition #16

Design THE architect's t-shirt!

Prize: 3,000 €
Eligibility: open to all

registration deadlines

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Sep 30
Oct 31
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Competition results

MICROHOME

MICROHOME

Small living, huge impact! Edition #4
Hong Kong 
Pixel Homes

Hong Kong Pixel Homes

Affordable Housing Series #2
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