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Mashambas Skyscraper claims eVolo Skyscraper competition crown

27.04.2017
Mashambas Skyscraper claims eVolo Skyscraper competition crown

Mashambas Skyscraper from Poland’s Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski has won first place at eVolo Magazine’s 2017 Skyscraper Competition.

 

This annual award has been running since 2006. For more than a decade, eVolo, a Los Angeles-based publication, has been recognising and rewarding visionary ideas for the high-rises of the future. Contest winners are chosen through their novel use of technology, materials, programmes, aesthetics, and spatial organisations.

 

The prize’s jury keeps a hawk-like eye trained on entrants’ ability to challenge the way we understand vertical architecture, as well as how skyscrapers can form relationships with both natural and built environments.

 

Lipiński and Frankowski’s concept beat 444 competing entries, including 22 honourable mentions, to claim top spot at the annual contest. Mashambas Skyscraper proposes a modular, scalable skyscraper, conceived as an educational centre and marketplace for Sub-Saharan Africa’s newest agricultural communities. By stacking vertically, instead of horizontally, the Polish designers’ building could increase farming opportunities and reduce hunger in these regions.

 

The runners-up offer a mixture of unique conceptual structures, including skyscrapers embedded inside monumental sequoia trees, villages tucked inside, or hanging from, mountains, automated plug-in cities, global warming-reversing iceberg skyscrapers and wind-harvesting projects.

 

Second place went to Tianshu Liu and Linshen Xie from the United States. Titled “Vertical Factories in Megacities”, this design investigates the benefits of moving factories back to large-scale urban environments. If built, this proposal would include a series of alternating layers, where factories and recreation zones are stacked on top of each other. Each level recreational level would run off the waste and resources of the factories.

 

Rounding out the top three was “Espiral 3500” from Spanish architect Javier López-Menchero Oritz de Salazar. The Spaniard’s development takes the complexities and horizontal-planes of city streets, and re-contextualises them into a spiralling vertical structure.

 

So what’s your view? Does Mashambas Skyscraper deserve its first place position? Or is there another favourite of yours from the contest’s entries?

 

Check out the 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winner, plus runners-up and honourable mentions, below.

 

Mashambas Skyscraper - Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski – Winne 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

 

Mashambas Skyscraper

Images: © Pawel Lipiński & Mateusz Frankowski

 

Vertical Factories in Megacities - Tianshu Liu & Linshen Xie – Second place

 

Vertical Factories in Megacities

Images: © Tianshu Liu & Linshen Xie

 

Espiral 3500 - Javier López-Menchero Oritz de Salazar – Third place

 

Espiral 3500

Images: © Javier López-Menchero Oritz de Salazar

 

Earth Port One – Catherine He & Celia He – Honourable mention

 

Earth Port One

Images: © Catherine He & Celia He

 

Giant Sequoia Skyscraper – Ko Jinhyeuk, Cheong Changwon, Cho Kyuhyung & Choi Sunwoong – Honourable mention

 

Giant Sequoia Skyscraper

Images: © Ko Jinhyeuk, Cheong Changwon, Cho Kyuhyung & Choi Sunwoong

 

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Acupuncture of Urban Traffic Structure – Kristina Rykova – Honourable mention

 

Acupuncture of Urban Traffic Structure

Images: © Kristina Rykova

 

In Two Minds Magnetic Cemetery – Marine Joly & Judith Haggiag – Honourable mention

 

In Two Minds Magnetic Cemetery

Images: © Marine Joly & Judith Haggiag

 

The Silver Lining: Reconstructing Post-War Syria – Rebecca Nathalie Wennerstand, Mayank Thammall & Robert Haejun Park – Honourable mention

 

The Silver Lining: Reconstructing Post-War Syria

Images: © Rebecca Nathalie Wennerstand, Mayank Thammall & Robert Haejun Park

 

High Density Urban Order – Lisa Albaugh, Ben Bourgoin, Jamie Edindjiklian, Roberto Jenkins & Justin Oh – Honourable mention

 

High Density Urban Order

Images: © Lisa Albaugh, Ben Bourgoin, Jamie Edindjiklian, Roberto Jenkins & Justin Oh

 

Pod Vending Machine Skyscraper – Haseef Rafei – Honourable mention

 

Pod Vending Machine Skyscraper

Images: © Haseef Rafei

 

 

 

The Scaffold of Babel – Yutan Sun, Tongda Xu, Luojia Zhang, Dinghu Wang & Tianjun Wang – Honourable Mention

 

The Scaffold of Babel

Images: © Yutan Sun, Tongda Xu, Luojia Zhang, Dinghu Wang & Tianjun Wang

 

Arch Skyscraper – Wenjia Li, Ran Huo & Jing Ju – Honourable mention

 

Arch Skyscraper

Images: © Wenjia Li, Ran Huo & Jing Ju

 

Data Cemetery Skyscraper – Joanna Targowicz & Mateusz Binkowski – Honourable mention

 

Data Cemetery Skyscraper

Images: © Joanna Targowicz & Mateusz Binkowski

 

Adaptive Capacity: A Socio-ecological Vertical Community in Tanzania – Adrian Jeevanthan – Honourable mention

 

Adaptive Capacity: A Socio-ecological Vertical Community in Tanzania

Images: © Adrian Jeevanthan

 

The Forgotten Memorials: The Utopian Future of Urbanisation – Zhonghan Huang & Wen Zhu – Honourable Mention

 

The Forgotten Memorials: The Utopian Future of Urbanisation

Images: © Zhonghan Huang & Wen Zhu

 

Mountain Skyscraper in Yosemite – Ryan Ibarra – Honourable mention

 

Mountain Skyscraper in Yosemite

Images: © Ryan Ibarra

 

Heal-berg: Reverse Climate Changing Machine – Luca Beltrane & Saba Nabavi Tafreshi – Honourable mention

 

Heal-berg: Reverse Climate Changing Machine

Images: © Luca Beltrane & Saba Nabavi Tafreshi

 

Genesis Mars Skyscraper – Arturo Emilio Garddio Ontiveros, Andréas Pastrana Bonillo, Judit Pinach Martí & Alex Tintea – Honourable Mention

 

Genesis Mars Skyscraper

Images: © Arturo Emilio Garddio Ontiveros, Andréas Pastrana Bonillo, Judit Pinach Martí & Alex Tintea

 

Vertical Traditional Chinese Village – Zhang Bo & Liu Shuman – Honourable mention

 

Vertical Traditional Chinese Village

Images: © Zhang Bo & Liu Shuman

 

Sustainable Urban Mining Factory Skyscraper – Maciej Kasperek – Honourable mention

 

Sustainable Urban Mining Factory Skyscraper

Images: © Maciej Kasperek

 

Human Castell – Taming Song, Jin Woo Kuk, Sun Hee Yoo, Bruce Han, Gangmin Yoo & Jun Sun Bek – Honourable mention

 

Human Castell

Images: © Taming Song, Jin Woo Kuk, Sun Hee Yoo, Bruce Han, Gangmin Yoo & Jun Sun

 

Flexible Materials Skyscraper – Fu Hao, Zhang Yunlong & Yang Ge – Honourable mention

 

Flexible Materials Skyscraper

Images: © Fu Hao, Zhang Yunlong & Yang Ge

 

City Skyscraper – Jitendra Sawant – Honourable mention

 

City Skyscraper

Images: © Jitendra Sawant

 

Parallel Manhattan – Zhiyong Dong, Jiongcheng Mou, Xiuping Han & Xingyu Liu – Honourable mention

 

Parallel Manhattan

Images: © Zhiyong Dong, Jiongcheng Mou, Xiuping Han & Xingyu Liu

 

 

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