International Architecture Competition

SKYHIVE
Skyscraper Challenge

Edition #4 (2021)

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

SKYHIVE
Skyscraper Challenge

The SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge was the fourth annual architecture competition by Bee Breeders, seeking innovative concepts for an iconic high-rise tower. Designs that propose unique structural systems, innovative ideas related to sustainability, new facade typologies, forms, and building functions were encouraged. 

For this particular competition, there was no defined site. Participants were free to select any hypothetical site measuring 130 m x 80 m, which can be accessed by roads on two sides. The design could be set in any city, anywhere in the world. 

Bee Breeders worked with an international jury for this year’s event, with a mix of backgrounds in built and conceptual architecture. The full jury panel included: Jim Bissell, an Oscar-nominated production designer whose films include the 2018 action movie Skyscraper; Thomas Corbasson, associate architect of the Paris-based agency Chartier+Corbasson Architectes, with a portfolio that includes a proposal for a London Organic Skyscraper; Anastasia Elrouss, founder of Beirut-based ANA-Anastasia Elrouss Architects; Kourosh Salehi of LWK + PARTNERS who has led the design process for high-rise projects in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Doha, and Dubai; Mark Foster Gage, an internationally recognized architect, writer, and associate professor at the Yale School of Architecture whose projects include a well-known proposal for a 102-story residential tower in New York City; and Amin Taha, Chairman of London-based GROUPWORK. 

This year’s received projects yielded a particular focus on green building techniques and materials related to achieving more sustainable, reduced-carbon solutions. Given the evermore urgent demand for slowing climate change, such concepts are critical for our collective thinking on how we might change our cities for the better. 

Bee Breeders would like to thank the participants for their design submissions. This fourth annual SKYHIVE competition continues to strengthen Bee Breeders’ continually -expanding repository of thought-provoking design ideas and drawings.

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ideas COMPETITION
SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge
Edition #5

Fifth annual competition to redefine the modern-day skyscraper

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SKYHIVE
Skyscraper Challenge

Edition #4 (2021)
1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB GREEN AWARD+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

The Blossom Building

University

Universidade federal de minas gerais

Country

Brazil

Project authors

Adriane Pacheco
Letícia Armond
Sara Vasconcellos
Mauro Franco
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+222 POINTS

jury commentary

The Blossom Building draws our attention to an uneasy challenge between the growth of cities and the fragility of the natural environment: the dialectics between preservation of nature and land exploitation. According to the jury, “It’s a bold and ambitious concept, proposed with clarity and vision; the closest among submissions to attempting and satisfactorily completing a synthesis of climate change agenda and the resulting architectural form.” The proposal targeted an important environmental issue with an innovative and sensitive approach, creating an alternative solution for the deforestation of the Amazon. The project’s graphic representation translates a clear concept and strategy while maintaining the design integrity of the building.

 

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

ADAPTING OBSOLESCENCE - CASE: 550 MADISON

University

The city college of new york

Country

United States

Project authors

Ahmed Helal
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+92 POINTS

jury commentary

Adapting Obsolescence proposes an ephemeral tower that soars upward from the architectural vestiges of the past. The jury commented, “The dramatic design is clearly presented, with sufficient thought devoted to the structure's relationship with both its residents and to community at large. A proposition at first undertaken with humor and wit, and resolved with a determination for its commercial viability, managing to find a better building at the end of it all.” Through the simple act of embedding a façade more deeply into the body of the building, the designers have produced a solution to several aspects of the office-building-to-residences dilemma – reducing the distance from core to skin, and simultaneously providing inhabitants with outdoor spaces. The idea to not only renovate such structures, but also treat them as a base for future vertical construction is promising, though one suspects that this could still be done while maintaining the historic integrity of the infamous postmodern structure depicted.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

State of the Art Plaza

University

Moscow architectural institute (state academy) - marchi

Country

Russian Federation

Project authors

Vladislav Dudyrev
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS

jury commentary

State of the Art Plaza is described by one juror as “if not by OMA, then a love letter to them, their diagrammatic clarity, and purity of form. Deserving for this alone and for the unlikely thought of making one nostalgic for a time two decades ago.” The project’s concept of three primary function types supported by a public plaza is clear and successfully examines the notion of vertical singularity. The horizontal tower formation at the top as a public destination offers a variety of uses and alternative purpose to the city. The illustrations are simple yet concise and strong. 

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Vertical Amusement Park

University

University of pécs

Country

Hungary

Project authors

Wang Rujin
Zhang Yu
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Project Name

Terrain Tower

Country

United States

Project authors

Phil Stien

Project Name

Air X Change

Country

United States

Project authors

Katherine Lo
Jeralyn Tseng
Loc H Nguyen
Ho Ming Chau

Project Name

VERTICAL ARCHIPELAGO

University

University of new south wales

Country

Australia

Project authors

Yuezhi Cai
Haoxuan Liang
Jianan Zhuang
Xiaoxiao Li
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Project Name

SKYREEF

Country

Italy

Project authors

Lora Fahmy
Alan D'Andrea

Project Name

MOVABLE HOUSE------- BREAD AND MILK

University

University of jinan

Country

China

Project authors

Dayang Wang
Jiwei Lang
Yue Sun
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Shortlisted projects

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United States

City College of New York

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+92 POINTS
ahmed helal

United States

Shandong Jianzhu University, Shandong University of Architecture and Engineering

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
jin li
shuxin chen
xiangzhong zheng
jiatong wu

Singapore

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
melvin wong
nicholas junyuan lim
kai jiunn chng

United States

Pratt Institute

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
tianyi wang

Brazil

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+222 POINTS
adriane pacheco
letícia armond
sara vasconcellos
mauro franco

United Kingdom

Technology and Engineering University of Brighton

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
rebecca fish

China

Guangdong Baiyun University

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
naijie chen
zewei chen
weitao kwan

Slovakia

Fakulta architektúry a dizajnu STU v Bratislave

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
kristína bednárová

United States

phil stien

Hong Kong

amanda hwa
sombo sisay
regina chen

Poland

michał spólnik
marcin kitala

China

Beijing institute of architectural design

yiqian ye

China

University of Jinan

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
dayang wang
jiwei lang
yue sun

China

Shandong University of Science and Technology

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
longxiao zhu
peijun sun
ximeng lv

United Arab Emirates

jae eun jung
anas ahmed basheer
sarvnaz amidi

Netherlands

Uarchitects

misak terzibasiyan

South Korea

Dongguk University

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
hyosik kim

China

miaoxin wang
jiahao li

Hungary

University of Pécs

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
wang rujin
zhang yu

Italy

lora fahmy
alan d'andrea

Hungary

mátyás skardelli
ece boysal skardelli

United States

NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
anthony penna
allison devlin

Jordan

ahmad qaraman

United States

NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
joshua nichols
oscar deltoro

Italy

elisa farinelli
arianna di giampietro
deborah gallozza

United States

NewSchool of Architecture and Design

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
vanessa randolph
akhira ismail

Russian Federation

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

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
vladislav dudyrev

Spain

Valencia Polytechnic University (Universitat Politècnica de València UPV)

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
pedro aparicio garcia-quijada

Germany

madjid montazeri
kubat aiupov
ali behmaram
naeem hashemi sajadi

South Korea

Korea University

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
hyeseon lee
yejin rim
ju hyun bae
seokha seokha

Netherlands

Delft University of Technology, TU Delft , Technical University Delft

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
thanat prathnadi
nathan ngo
liva sadovska

Australia

University of New South Wales

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
yuezhi cai
haoxuan liang
jianan zhuang
xiaoxiao li

Italy

Gnam architecture

camillo marchionatti
andrea zanocchi
rosastella riccadonna

Australia

John henry architects

sijing liu
christina hardie
tim mooney

Jordan

rasha alshami
rami shatat

Taiwan

chun te lee
chang ting lin
pei chi tsai
kung chao chun

United States

katherine lo
jeralyn tseng
loc h nguyen
ho ming chau

United Kingdom

Technology and Engineering University of Brighton

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
amber elliott

Iran

farzad saeidi samet
aysan mokhtari moosavi
navid ahmadi
hootan tayebi

Germany

bruno paschmann
christoph zacharski
 

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