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At the height of design

At the height of design

Could this be the new Hoover Dam?  

Yheu-Shen Chua’s proposal for an amenity-unifying structure in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River was a standout at the recent 2011 Skyscraper Competition, even if it was only the third-place getter. 

Established in 2006, the competition is hosted by eVolvo Magazine, who describe it as: 

“...the annual Skyscraper Competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the use of new technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution.” 

First place went to Atelier CMJN (Julien Combes, Gaël Brulé) from France for their ‘LO2P Recycling Skyscraper’ in New Delhi, India. The Ferris wheel-like structure, reminiscent of the London Eye, is actually a large-scale wind turbine that also filters out polluted air. But beyond filtering the air, LO2P propose the structure would be made out of recycled old cars. 

Second place went to a concept that goes against the trend of high-rise buildings, acknowledging those structures aren’t suitable for all environments with the added negative of being a blight on the skyline. The dome-like horizontal skyscraper concept, or ‘Flat Tower’ by Yoann Mescam, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, and Xavier Schirr-Bonnans from France, “is based on a medium-height dome structure that covers a large area while preserving its beauty and previous function.” 

Complete with perforated skylights, the large surface area of the dome makes it perfect for the collection of rainwater and harvesting of solar energy.

Check out the rest of the results and the honourable mentions on eVolvo’s site HERE.