Essence  |  BOMP
- Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo
eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition Winner | Panel: 01 | 02

- Away from everyday routines, in a dense city center, a secret garden that combines architecture and a nature is born. The main goal of this project is to position non-architectural phenomena in an urban fabric. An inspiration rooted in nature allowed to form a representation of external worlds in the shape of a vertical structure. Overlapping landscapes like an ocean, a jungle, a cave or a waterfall will stimulate a diverse and complex range of visual, acoustic, thermal, olfactory, and kinesthetic experiences.

The main body of the building is divided into 11 natural landscapes. They are meant to form an environmentally justified sequence open to the public that includes extensive open floor plans that form spectacular spaces with water floors, fish tanks lifted up to 30 meters above ground, and jungle areas among others natural scenarios. The sequence landscapes might become a variable set of routes dedicated to different shades of adventure.


Winners 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

First Place
2014 Skyscraper Competition

Yong Ju Lee
United States

Second Place
2014 Skyscraper Competition

Mark Talbot, Daniel Markiewicz
United States

Third Place
2014 Skyscraper Competition

YuHao Liu, Rui Wu

Registration – eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition

I cannot describe how much I absolutely love everything about this…

via eVolo

Passing Cloud is a project by Tiago Barros for the international ideas competition: “Life at the Speed of Rail”, organized by the Van Alen Institute  in New York City. It reveals a strong conceptual approach on new ways of traveling based on the old Zeppelins.

Nowadays, traveling is achieved with this idea of having a fixed destination and an estimated time of arrival. Passing Cloud completely inverts this system. A floating device is introduced that travels around the entire USA territory according to current predominant winds. It has no fixed time of arrival or place for arrival. The journey becomes the essence.

read the entire amazing article here 

Infill Aquifer  Jason Orbe-Smith

eVolo: 2014 Skyscraper Competition - Honorable Mention

- The Infill Aquifer is both a singular building design as well as an integral component of a larger ecological network. They are strategic pinpoints that can be located within a city as surface parking lots and underutilized pieces of land are redeveloped. With each new infill, the network in the region strengthens and grows, increasing the diversity of composition of the city and aiding in the health of the aquifer and hydrologic cycles. Cities that begin to implement infill aquifers can have the benefits of water security, increased green space, improved air quality and improved quality of life for the inhabitants.


How the human mind interprets the world is boundless. Architects, I believe, shouldn’t seek for the instant perfection, but more essentially the thorough betterment of human life. After all, we are what we make of ourselves, and thus the generation that we are thriving in. ;) I’m glad I took up Architecture.




El proyecto contrasta con la noción de la arquitectura como objeto, cuya unidad se distingue del contexto. El proyecto de la Estación de Investigación de corrientes oceánicas, en la en la península de Cabrillo Beach, propone una entidad temporal. Explorando la coalescencia de objeto y del campo, mediante el uso de fibra de vidrio que permiten que el edificio se disuelva en su contexto.

    La malla de fibra de vidrio contiene la estructura y las instalaciones, generando una envolvente traslúcida. Este resultado se debe al concepto de la disolución del objeto arquitectónicao por el hecho de pertenecer a un campo efímero al de las infraestructuras. Así,  desdibuja el límite entre interior y exterior generado por el sistema de instalaciones o por este sistema de capas.

La representación de este proyecto es muy singular, a través de capas de hilos de una forma jerárquica, con las que dibujan una serie de axonometrías, que van más allá de las dos dimensiones.



Vía  www.evolo.us

Architecture School of Woodbury University 


Launchspire  Henry Smith, Adam Woodward, Paul Attkins

eVolo: 2014 Skyscraper Competition - Honorable Mention

- A cylindrical matrix of super tall structure centered on an electromagnetic vertical accelerator to eliminate the hydrocarbon dependency of aircraft during takeoff. The radical re-interpretation of the skyscraper format provides hyper density in an organic and adaptive habitat.

Proposal to build 1,000-foot walls around excavated Central Park
Conceived by Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu, the 'New York Horizon' proposal was awarded first place in eVolo's annual skyscraper competition.

This is the kind of proposal/project that hurts architecture as a profession. It proposes solving a problem defined as “only a small percentage of New Yorkers are able to benefit from this vast public garden each day” by building 1,000 foot walls and destroying the park by excavating it down to the bedrock..

The ambition is noble, “to reverse the traditional relationship between landscape and architecture, in a way that every occupiable space has direct connection to the nature”, but the solution only accomplishes the opposite. No public space is more successful, inviting or available when you build walls around it. Still, a ludicrous idea like this gets awarded first place in eVolo’s annual skyscraper competition

What do you think? I am just being a grumpy old man?


The internet is freaking out over this “submerged” Central Park design

First-place winners of the 2016 eVolo skyscraper design competition have imagined a skyscraper complex that would run along the entire perimeter of the famed Central Park. The concept aims to bring the Manhattan park to more people. The contest entry suggests digging 100 feet below the earth in order to erect a 1,000-foot tall structure.

The design doesn’t just suggest wrapping Central Park with buildings. Rather, the proposal reimagines the park entirely.

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