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.