Winners: March 8, 2010

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After several years of organizing the annual Skyscraper Competition it has become a renowned architectural prize around the world. The best projects of each competition are widely published in architecture, design, and fashion journals, as well as in technology, business, and entertainment magazines. The winning projects are also featured in websites, television documentaries, and galleries.

We would like to invite students and professional architects, engineers, and designers to take part in the 2010 Skyscraper Competition. The main idea of this contest is to examine the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and urban living.

In the last few years we have seen the development of hundreds of new skyscrapers without careful consideration of the immediate context or environment. There is a constant lack of urban planning and poor architectural design without intellectual or perceptual enjoyment. The aim of the competition is to push our imagination to redefine the term skyscraper through the use of new materials, technology, aesthetics, programs, and spatial organizations. Globalization, environmental warming, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution are just some of the multi-layered elements that should be taken into consideration.

There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide maximum freedom to propose the most innovative projects for this fascinating architectural genre. The ultimate goal of the designs should be to help the environment, restructure our cities and improve our way of life.

All students, architects, engineers, and designers are invited to participate in the competition. We encourage you to have multidisciplinary teams.

Participants must register by January 12, 2010.
Early Registration: November 17, 2009
Late Registration: November 17, 2009 to January 12, 2010
One registration = one project. Participants may submit various projects, but must register each entry.
Individual entries are accepted.
There is no limit as to the number of participants per team.
After your registration has been approved eVolo will send the registration number which will be necessary for submission boards.


June 15, 2009: Competition announcement, registration begins, acceptance of questions
November 9, 2009: Deadline for submitting questions
November 17, 2009: Early registration deadline
November 23, 2009: Answers to questions posted on website.
January 12, 2010: Late registration deadline
January 18, 2010: Project submission deadline
February 22, 2010: Winners’ announcement

Submission Requirements
This is a digital competition and no hardcopies are necessary. Entrants will submit their proposal via email no later than January 18, 2010 (23:00 hours US Eastern Time) to the following email address: The project submission must contain the following files:

1. Two boards with the project information including plans, sections, and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their proposal. These boards should be 24″ X 48″ in HORIZONTAL format. The resolution of the boards must be 150 dpi, RGB mode and saved as JPG files. The upper right corner of each board must contain the participation number. There should not be any marks or any other form of identification. The files must be named after the registration number followed by the board number. For example: 0101-1.jpg and 0101-2.jpg.

2. A DOC file containing the entrants personal information, including name, profession, address, and email. This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “info”. For example: 0101-info.doc.

3. All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after your registration number. For example:

1st place. US $2000
2nd place. US $1000
3rd place. US $500

Winners and special mentions will be published in several magazines including eVolo_04.

Previous winners have been featured in:
Aeroflot (Russia), Architecture and Culture (Korea), Bauwelt (Germany), C3 (Korea), Casamica (Italy), Enlace (Mexico), Focus (Canada), Future Arquitecturas (Spain), Grazia Casa (Italy), L’Arca (Italy), Le Fourquet (Mexico), L’Uomo Vogue (Italy), Pasajes de Arquitectura (Spain), Quo (China), Space (Korea), Spade (Canada), Spazio Casa (Italy), Tatlin (Russia), Time Style and Design (USA), Wettbewerbe Aktuell (Germany), Vogue (Australia, USA), Vox Design (Poland)

Kyu Ho Chun [winner 2009 competition]
Kenta Fukunishi [winner 2009 competition]
Elie Gamburg [winner 2008 competition]
Mitchell Joachim Ph.D.[ principal. Terreform ONE + Terrefuge]
JaeYoung Lee [winner 2009 competition]
Adelaïde Marchi[principal. Marchi Architectes]
Nicola Marchi[principal. Marchi Architectes]
Neri Oxman[principal. Materialecology]
Eric Vergne [Architect. NYC]

This is an anonymous competition and the registration number is the only means of identification.
1. The official language of the competition is English.
2. The registration fee is non-refundable.
3. Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
4. Entrants will be disqualified if any of the competition rules are not considered.
5. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.


Questions and Answers

Who can participate in the competition?
This is an international competition and everyone is invited to submit a project.

Can we submit more than one project?
Yes, but each project must have a registration number.

Do we need to submit hard copies of the boards?
No, this is a digital competition. You have to send your boards by e-mail to

What is the minimum required height for the skyscraper?
There is no minimum height.

Is there a specific site for the project?
No, each participant decides on the location.

Will there be an extension of the registration and submission deadlines?
No, the registration deadline is on January 12, 2010 and the submission deadline is on January 18, 2010.

Where are the results going to be published?
The best projects of the competition will be featured in several international print and online publications. We will also include them in eVolo 04.

Can we submit our boards in Spanish or French?
No, English is the only accepted language.

Can we submit more than two boards?
No, only two boards will be accepted.

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