eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2010: Tower Contest

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eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2010

Tower Architecture Competition, New York City, USA

Mar 8, 2010

eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners 2010

Winners Of The 2010 Skyscraper Competition Organized By Evolo Magazine In New York City

New York, March 8, 2010 – eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of the 2010 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organization. The award seeks to discover young talents whose ideas will change the way we understand architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.

1st – Vertical Prison ; 2nd – Water Purification Skyscraper ; 3rd – Tokyo Skyscraper
Vertical Prison Water Purification Skyscraper Tokyo Skyscraper

The Jury of the 2010 edition was formed by leaders of the architecture and design fields including: Mario Cipresso, Kyu Ho Chun, Kenta Fukunishi, Elie Gamburg, Mitchell Joachim, JaeYoung Lee, Adelaïde Marchi, Nicola Marchi and Eric Vergne. The Jury selected 3 winners and 27 special mentions among 430 entries from 42 countries.

Globalization, sustainability, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution, were some of the multi-layered elements taken into consideration. The first place was awarded to a project for a vertical prison designed by architecture students Chow Khoon Toong, Ong Tien Yee, and Beh Ssi Cze, from Malaysia. Their project examines the possibility of creating a prison-city in the sky, where the inmates would live in a “free” and productive community with agricultural fields and factories that would support the host city below.

The recipients of the second place are Rezza Rahdian, Erwin Setiawan, Ayu Diah Shanti, and Leonardus Chrisnantyo, from Indonesia, whose project ‘Ciliwung Recovery Program’ aims to purify and repair the Ciliwung River habitat. The building is designed as an ingenious habitable machine that would collect garbage, purify water, and provide housing to thousands of people that live in the slums along the river.

The third place was awarded to Ryohei Koike and Jarod Poenisch, from the United States, for their project ‘Nested Skyscraper’ that explores robotic construction techniques for a novel structure of carbon sleeves and fiber-laced concrete. The building is a system of multiple layers of composite louvers which thicken and rotate according to solar exposure, ventilation, and materials performance.

Among the special mentions there are skyscrapers used as bridges that link different territories, cities in the sky powered by renewable energies, instant deployable buildings for disaster zones, skyscrapers that purify and desalinate sea water, or high-rises that commemorate historic dates. Other proposals create new pedestrian layers for existing cities. Some use the latest building technologies and parametric design to configure environmentally conscious self-sufficient buildings, while others create city-like buildings where different programs are mixed in one structure.

eVolo Magazine would like to acknowledge all the competitors for their effort, vision, and passion for architectural innovation.

eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2010 Special Mention by Architects DCA, Paris
Freshwater Factory Almeria

eVolo Skyscraper Competition Brief 2010



eVolo – to study, to develop, to evolve, to fly away…

The launch of eVolo Magazine is a step closer to our objective to provide a forum for showcasing the most innovative, the most avant-garde designs that will define architecture in this century.

After several years of organizing the annual Skyscraper Competition it has become a renowned architectural prize around the world. The best projects of each competition are widely published from architecture, design, and fashion publications to technology, business, and entertainment magazines. The winning projects are also featured in websites, television documentaries, and galleries.

We would like to invite students and professional architects, engineers, and designers to take part in the 2010 Skyscraper Competition. The main idea of this contest is to examine the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community and the skyscraper and urban living.

In the last few years we have seen hundreds of new skyscrapers been developed around the world without careful consideration to the context or environment. There is a constant lack of urban planning and poor architectural design without intellectual or perceptual enjoyment. The aim of the competition is to push our imagination to redefine the term skyscraper through the use of new materials, technology, aesthetics, programs, and spatial organizations. Globalization, environmental warming, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are just some of the multi-layered elements that should be taken in consideration.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to propose the most innovative projects for this fascinating architectural genre. Ultimately, the designs should help the environment, restructure our cities and improve our way of life.


All students, architects, engineers, and designers are invited to participate in the competition. It is encouraged to have multidisciplinary teams.
Participants must register by January 12, 2010 at www.evolo-arch.com

Registration fee:
US $60 until Nov 17, 2009 (early registration)
US $85 from Nov 17, 2009 to Jan 12, 2010 (late registration)

One registration = one project. Participants may submit various projects but they must register each entry.
Individual entries are accepted.
There is no limit on the number of participants per team.
After your registration has been approved eVolo will send the registration number which is necessary in the submission boards.


June 15, 2009: Competition launch, registration begins, acceptance of questions
Nov 9, 2009: Acceptance of questions deadline
Nov 17, 2009: Early registration deadline
Nov 23, 2009: Answers to questions posted on website
Jan 12, 2010: Late registration deadline
Jan 18, 2010: Submission deadline
Mar 8, 2010: Winners’ announcement

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