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The SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge is the fourth annual competition in the series which challenges participants with envisioning an iconic high-rise tower in any location around the world. This year, there was a strong focus on green building techniques and materials related to achieving more sustainable, reduced-carbon solutions.

First prize and our Student Award was awarded to Adriane Pacheco, Letícia Armond, Sara Vasconcellos and Mauro Franco from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. The “Blossom Building” project 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.

Second prize-winner Ahmed Helal from the City College of New York proposed an ephemeral tower that soars upward from the architectural vestiges of the past. Third prize-winner Vladislav Dudyrev from the Moscow Architectural Institute (State Academy) proposed a “State of the Art Plaza” which featured a horizontal tower formation at the top as a public destination.

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1st, Student and Green prize

2nd prize

3rd prize