A vision for a skyscraper containing swamps, mountains, glaciers and a jungle has been named the winner in a competitors to come up with futuristic concepts for higher-rise residing.

Essence-Evolo-skyscraper-competition_dezeen_10 Essence Skyscraper

Named Essence Skyscraper, the proposal by Polish architectural designers Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan and Jakub Pudo was awarded initial prize in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, an yearly concepts contest run by eVolo Magazine.

Essence-Evolo-skyscraper-competition_dezeen_6 Essence Skyscraper

The designers, collectively known as BOMP, proposed a towering construction containing eleven diverse sorts of organic landscape, from rivers and waterfalls to deserts, grasslands and caves.

Their aim was to bring the natural landscape into the daily lives of city dwellers, and generate options for adventure.

Essence-Evolo-skyscraper-competition_dezeen_9Essence Skyscraper plans

“The major purpose of this undertaking is to position non-architectural phenomena in an urban material,” they said, “an inspiration rooted in nature permitted to form a representation of external worlds in the shape of a vertical structure.”

“Away from each day routines, in a dense city centre, a secret backyard that combines architecture and nature is born.”

Essence-Evolo-skyscraper-competition_dezeen_5Essence Skyscraper sections

The prize was judged by a panel that included architects Massimiliano Fuksas and Benedetta Tagliabue, as properly as Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ of Singapore firm WOHA, and last year’s winner Yong Ju Lee.

Shanty-scraper-Evolo-skyscraper-competition_dezeen_3 Shanty-Scraper

2nd prize was awarded to Suraksha Bhatla and Sharan Sundar of India for a project entitled Shanty-Scaper, which imagines a constructing produced from building debris including pipes, reinforcement bars and corrugated metal sheets.

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According to the designers, the framework could provide an substitute form of housing to the inhabitants of a slum in the Indian city of Chennai. “Chennai city’s Nochikuppam slum is residence to five,000 fishermen households living in much less than 1,500 shanties producing it the third greatest slum dwelling amongst the Indian metropolises,” they explained.

Shanty-scraper-Evolo-skyscraper-competition_dezeen_4Shanty aerial view

“Informal settlements and the paucity of land parcels can no longer be ignored and the complexities of resettlement will force slum dwellers themselves to build increased employing locally available, structurally sound, recyclable resources, accommodating themselves into organised communities.”


Egor Orlov of Russia took third prize for an intricately drawn proposal for a complicated city that combines the digital and bodily worlds, and can develop and adapt in response to changing wants. Named Cybertopia, the notion contains a enormous framework on which cranes can move, in purchase to develop and move various blocks.

“‘Tomorrow’ we count on a fully different topography of the city,” he mentioned. “It will be a map which consists of cyber worlds with intrinsic geography, laws of physics, attributes and even its very own residents. It is as although landscapes of pc video games have woven into the city area becoming its integral portion.”


Honourable mentions have been awarded to 15 other entrants, from a giant balloon that can regulate the climate, to a structure that aids preserve threatened species, and a biosphere within a Giza pyramid in Egypt.

Earlier winners of the yearly prize include proposals for huge buoyant umbrellas that rebuild polar ice caps and a skyscraper that retailers and disperses water from higher inside of the Himalayan mountain variety.



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