Honorable Mention
2013 Skyscraper Competition

Ivan Maltsev, Artem Melnik

The form of a skyscraper is a growing crystal – a structure characterized by the inconstancy and regularity of its elements. The height of the units ranges from 130 to 180 m. At the full height, in the center of Multipurpose Research Complex (MNC), is a static rod – a quantum safe energy source, which will produce energy in the required quantity. The center of quantum computing, greenhouses, walking tracks and, aeration blocks are placed in immediate proximity. Read the rest of this entry »

Honorable Mention
2013 Skyscraper Competition

Mamon Alexander, Tyutyunnik Artem

The Ring of Mars is a closed self-sufficient off-line mega-structure, which contains all functions for comfortable existence and development of all life forms.The ring is designed on the model of linear cities, a circular system for comfortable connection of all parts of the structure as single agglomerate. Read the rest of this entry »


Rehabitat is a new vertical housing development designed by Robert Cardenas, Andres Fuentes, and Barkev Daron at Sci-Arc  for the city of Jakarta. The main idea is to relocate the people living in Jakarta’s “kampongs” and to provide them with cultural and recreational facilities. The building is designed as a series of stacked boxes attached to a central core. Between each cluster there are leisure areas and outdoor gardens. Each of the housing boxes is perpendicular to the one on top to create different types of units and benefit from multiple panoramic views. Rehabitat is a designed as a green community with a recycle center that processes a great portion of Jakarta’s waste. The main structure is parametric and will be constructed offsite and transported by train which is a mere 200 ft from the site. Other green elements include solar panels and water collection systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Bubble Skyscraper

By:  | May - 5 - 2010


The Bubble Skyscraper was designed by Iranian architects Farzad Mirshafiei, Amin Aghagholizade, Farzin Misami, and Peyman Aali. 

The exterior shell was designed based on the aerodynamic properties of bubbles against cross-wind deflection during strong ocean winds. Three legs at the base and a structural braced core provide additional resistance against lateral forces.

 According to the wind and solar orientations, there are gaps between bubbles at different levels. Green spaces and sky-gardens are accommodated in these gaps to provide the building and the community with social spaces – intelligent trapdoors in these areas allow natural ventilation produced by the chimney effect of the central atrium. The electrical and mechanical systems are embedded in pipes running along the facade that illuminate with different colors at night. Some of the green elements of the Bubble Skyscraper are: wave energy convertors, water recollection systems, solar panels, and wind turbines. Read the rest of this entry »

Finalist  – 2010 Skyscraper Competition

Vision Included
Martijn de Geus, Albert Dijk
The Netherlands


The International System skyscraper is a project that recognizes the specific function of each space with a design that derives one-hundred percent from it. Each part of the building is different according to its program but they all come together with transition or buffer zones. This project was designed for the city of Almere in the Netherlands. Its plinth makes a connection with the urban fabric of the existing city. Among the different programs within this city-like structure there are schools, libraries, housing, museums, cinemas, and shopping areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Finalist  – 2010 Skyscraper Competition

William Fong, Joshua Loke, Livee Tan


With an average ground level of 1.5 m from the sea level, Maldives is the lowest county on the planet, with its highest point topping off at only 2.3 m above sea level.

The country is in a dire situation as sea levels are set to rise to 59 cm above the sea level in the year 2100. This rate would probably be accelerated if natural disasters are to be accounted for. The 2004 tsunami affected many of Maldives’ inhabited islands, where only 9 islands managed to escape flooding. 57 islands faced serious damage to its infrastructure, 14 needed to be completely evacuated and 6 were decimated.

Physical destruction aside, the flooding of Maldives would also signal the obliteration of the proud Maldivian culture, as well as a complete loss of her people’s sense of self and sovereignty. Read the rest of this entry »

Finalist  – 2010 Skyscraper Competition

Meurisse Frederic,  Huyghe Lieselotte


The main idea of this project is to create a green ribbon of parks and recreational areas that will connect the Vincennes and the Boulogne forests – the two major lungs of Paris. The ribbon will be equipped with a series of skyscrapers that will inject programs to the city. Some of them will be used as housing while others will have museums or restaurants. Its triangulated steel structure is a three dimensional network of voids and surfaces inspired by the Origami pleating game. Read the rest of this entry »

Finalist  – 2010 Skyscraper Competition

Stéphanie Durniak, Baptiste Franceschi, Anthony Frutoso, Caroline Mangin


The city of Marseilles is one France’s principal urban hubs that attract thousands of new residents each year. It has been designated World Cultural Capital for 2013 and many new urban developments are underway. The “Euroméditerranée” project is one of the most important ones and aims to give a new maritime façade to the north.

The idea behind this project is to create a vertical village that integrates to the tens of villages that configure the city. Each village has its own character and function. This project will have housing, offices, commerce, and recreational areas; gardens and parks will be incorporated as public terraces between the different programs and will serve as meeting places for the community. Read the rest of this entry »

Finalist  – 2010 Skyscraper Competition

Kevin Hemeryck


The city of Paris is recognized worldwide for its beauty, architecture, and urban planning. Unfortunately the lack of green areas has been a constant problem for decades. The Flying Planame (paname refers to Paris in French slang) is an utopist project that proposes multiple layers of green planes throughout the city. The main concept is to maximize the outdoors areas while making use of the structure for commerce and housing. Similar to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the rice growing terraces of Yunnan, China, this project proposes equilibrium between the natural and built environments. Read the rest of this entry »

Meta-Tower in France

By:  | March - 24 - 2010

Finalist  – 2010 Skyscraper Competition

Karim Hassayoune, Aude Morgenthaler


The Meta-Tower is a skyscraper that grows by slowly stacking projects over the years. It consists of an open structure in which architects plug in buildings according to current economic, social, and cultural conditions. The idea is to create a building with a series of layers that represent a specific moment in time while testing new architectural problems and solutions. Read the rest of this entry »