Annual International Architecture Competition

SKYHIVE

Skyscraper challenge! Edition #5

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

SKYHIVE

Buildner is excited to announce the results of its 5th annual SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge!

The annual SKYHIVE Challenge is a platform to examine the relationship between skyscrapers and the natural world, the community, and the rest of the city as a whole. It is important that designs show consideration for the impact on the surrounding environment, as well as how the increase in inhabitants will affect the current infrastructure, pollution levels, economic division, and urban sprawl.

As it is an open ideas competition, participants in the SKYHIVE / Edition No 5 – The Annual Buildner Skyscraper Challenge – were permitted to interpret the competition brief however they chose, in the most creative way possible. The SKYHIVE Challenge is a chance for architecture enthusiasts to rewrite the definition of the modern-day skyscraper.

For this particular competition, there is no defined site. Participants are free to select any hypothetical site measuring 130m x 80m which can be accessed by roads on two sides. The design can be set in the city of one’s choice, anywhere in the world. Projects typically considered successful are those designed with some relation and response to the chosen region’s skyline and context.

Buildner worked with an international jury with a range of experiences in designing real and theoretical high-rise projects: Hayri Atak leads Istanbul-based Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS); Jim Bissell is an Oscar-nominated production designer and creator of action movie Skyscraper; Thomas Corbasson is an associate architect of the Paris-based agency Chartier+Corbasson Architectes; Benedikt Hartl leads the activistic architecture studio Opposite Office; Samista Jugwanth is an Associate and shareholder at South Africa-based Zutari; and Ilias Papageorgiou is a Greek architect and principal of PILA.

Buildner and its jurors would like to thank all participants for their thoughtful and innovative design submissions!

Enter the next
competition edition!

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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Nov 01
Jan 04
Mar 09
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SKYHIVE

Skyscraper challenge! Edition #5
1st Prize Winner+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

CITY 2040 : MICROCLIMATE CONTROL TOWER

Authors

Dong Young Kim
Young Hyun Choi

University

Yeungnam university
+174 points!

South Korea

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Many international students participate for the BUILDNER’s architecture competition, and the panels and plans for the projects became so much inspiration to us. It has been very helpful for us to do the project and we have been interested in your competition for several years.

Jury commentary

City 2040 is a design for a ‘microclimate control tower’ for the metropolitan city of Daegu, South Korea. It takes one of the current urban challenges of the city, which questions whether to focus on commercial or cultural development, and proposes a dual response -  a cultural podium topped with a commercial tower, designed using heat pumps to respond to another urban challenge: reducing urban heat accumulation. The jury writes: “Besides the idea of a mixed-use building - the designer also wanted the building to assist with the urban heat that the city faces. Its heat pumps cause circulation, therefore breaking the heat sink. This idea of the microclimate is a strong concept that should have been developed even further. It is admirable in its ambitions, with a design that is impressively detailed and the concept supported with clear and understandable graphics.”

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Tall Pile of CLT

Authors

Edgar Rodriguez

Mexico

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Architecture competitions are a great way to explore risky and unconventional ideas and communicate them to a larger audience. I see a lot of value in having the chance to share my work with people from around the world and hopefully start new conversations about it. Also, I believe that competitions help synthesize a concept into its core values and elements. I consider the design requirements of a brief as an opportunity to apply and test out the implications of an architectural idea.

Jury commentary

Tall Pile of CLT is a proposed mixed-use tower for a site located in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The project explores the architectural possibilities of cross-laminated timber, for use in a modular high-rise. To achieve variability in its form, the consistent floorplate is rotated among floors. The jury writes: “An innovative construction idea, the project addresses sustainability in a meaningful way. The use of the CLT panels seems advantageous - and there has been deep thought put into how loads are managed. It is a simple, but worthy concept with intriguing design. The presentation is clear, albeit wordy.”

3rd Prize Winner+
BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

Dahavi's redemption and rebirth —Skyscraper design based on biological simulation

Authors

Yufei Liu
Fuyuan Xu
Huizhong Wang

University

University of jinan
+122 points!

China

Jury commentary

Dharavi’s Redemption and Rebirth, designed for Mumbai’s largest slum, proposes a podium intended for conversion of waste into raw materials and energy for industry. Waste from future residential and industrial sites provides construction material for this podium. The tower of housing units is intended to be built over time, using capital gained from the waste conversion. The jury writes: “Waste and recycling is a critical issue for the 21st century. The approach to a ‘growing’ building is commendable. However, the actual design remains relatively conventional, and could be more innovative in terms of expression, form and presentation. Innovative and smart, this project takes into account a very problematic  environment - the slum - and turns it into something positive and productive.” 

 

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Vertical Data Center Delirium

University

Rhode island school of design (risd)
+72 points!

Country

United States

Project authors

Chuchu Chen

Project Name

Collective Tower

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Misak Terzibasiyan

Project Name

MASLOW СITY TOWER

University

Moscow institute of architecture - marhi , московский архитектурный институт - мархи
+72 points!

Country

Russian Federation

Project authors

Diana Samarina

Project Name

The Sprawl of a Vertical City

Country

Lebanon

Project authors

Souha Boumatar

Project Name

Post Pandemic Tower

Country

Germany

Project authors

Christian Rudolph
Justus Würtenberger

Project Name

Nomad Unite

Country

Poland

Project authors

Piotr Rajewski
Kinga Gawlik

Shortlisted projects

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United States

City College of New York

+22 points!
alvaro garcia quiroga

Uruguay

Universidad ORT Uruguay (Campus Center)

+22 points!
paula zabalo reyes
lucía machado

Canada

University of Waterloo

+22 points!
megan sousa
avina gonen
grace liang
soeun park

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

+22 points!
sofia ines taveggia
nicolò carlini
eren sezer
eszter lili dávid

Spain

antonio ríos

Tunisia

maya ben ammar
nicola cabiati

Italy

Polytechnic of Turin, Politecnico di Torino

+22 points!
maher aakel
mahmoud nagy elsayed

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

+22 points!
maria maslova
nihal adil
polina luneva
elena meliakova

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

+22 points!
milena sharkova
isilay yuce
alessia sassone
maria alexia styliou

South Korea

deokho kim
yihui li
eunbin kwon
yoonseok heo

United States

lingqing xu
junxin song
wei zhou

China

Central South University

+22 points!
nuoyan xu
qingfeng liang
yongruo xue

China

Beijing Jiaotong University

+22 points!
xiao zhang

China

luowei mei
ning wu

United States

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

+72 points!
chuchu chen

Poland

piotr rajewski
kinga gawlik

United States

phil stien

United States

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California Polytechnic State University

+22 points!
caius cowgill

China

jia shen
qingqing li

Mexico

edgar rodriguez

Hungary

Lima design kft.

tamás horváth-szabó
barbara baranyai
andrás bottka
józsef szilágyi

South Korea

Yeungnam University

+174 points!
dong young kim
young hyun choi

China

University of Jinan

+122 points!
yufei liu
fuyuan xu
huizhong wang

Germany

Berlin University of the Arts , Universität der Künste Berlin

+22 points!
merlin augele
valerian althammer

Netherlands

misak terzibasiyan

China

Zhejiang University

+22 points!
yixiu wang
yike zhao
xiaoyu guo

United States

xiaowei bai

Russian Federation

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

+72 points!
diana samarina

Hong Kong

cheuk kin kong
pak ka wong

Egypt

German University in Cairo

+22 points!
omar el remissy
ahmed gado

Egypt

German University in Cairo

+22 points!
nadine moussa
ritan mushaly

Tunisia

Gondwana digital engineering

oussama khalfi

Turkey

bahar özge ediz
erce kılıçal
sevtap Özyıldırım

United States

fareeda alaidi
demah zidan

Lebanon

souha boumatar

Germany

christian rudolph
justus würtenberger

Indonesia

Soegijapranata Catholic University (SCU) - Universitas Katolik Soegijapranata (Unika)

+22 points!
scholastika virginia
angela grace wibowo phoa
ilham brillian king prakosa
sandy sutanto

Lebanon

talal el hassan

United Arab Emirates

German Jordanian University

+22 points!
marah altarawneh
nawras almasri

Hungary

csaba babud
 

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