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Buildner is pleased to reveal the outstanding results of the SKYHIVE Timber Skyscraper Challenge. The sixth architecture competition in the SKYHIVE series, participants were challenged this time with constructing high-rising structures primarily from timber.

Our first prize winner, Yanyan Zhang from the United States, submitted a groundbreaking project entitled Space Gradients. It explores the limits of post and beam structures, creating diverse spaces through variations in column density and beam depth. The jury applauded the playful spatial proposal and the project's ability to challenge conventional structural typologies.

Our second-place winner is Sophia Michopoulou from Greece. Her visionary design, The Pro-sumer, emphasizes sustainability by integrating water, energy, food, and waste systems with a focus on reducing carbon footprint. Third prize went to Beom Seok Ko, Shiwon Kim, Joo Hye Lim, and Eun A Jeong from Hongik University in South Korea for their project, Rebuilding Green, tackles desertification by constructing a temporary laboratory facility that aids in greening regions.

Visit to see the full jury comments, as well as images of all our winners – including the Buildner Sustainability Award-winners Michał Spólnik and Marcin Kitala from Poland and their New Weave in the Pattern project that envisions a timber tower to protect declining monarch butterfly populations by mimicking the form of trees.

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1st prize

2nd prize

3rd and Buildner Student Award

Buildner Sustainability Award