Polish Architects' Skyscraper of the Year
small, Polish Architects' Skyscraper of the Year, A visualisation of Essence Skyscraper, photo: courtesy of eVolo Magazine / www.evolo.us, essence_skyscpraper_1.jpg
The Essence Skyscraper, designed by Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan and Jakub Pudo, has just won eVolo magazine's international Skyscraper Competition.
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The competition awards designs that are the most modern and ahead of their time. It has been organized by eVolo, a magazine which promotes innovation in architecture, since 2006. The purpose of the international vote is to choose projects which propose modern technical solutions and give “hints for the future”. The competition promotes environment-friendly architecture – the organisers believe that we, as a society, are somewhat condemned to live in skyscrapers – we may as well live in sustainability built buildings with interesting forms, which incorporate technical advances, new materials and functional solutions that will benefit the planet and its inhabitants.
The winners of the Skyscraper Competition 2015 were announced at the end of March 2015. A project designed by Polish architects won the first prize. Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan and Jakub Pudo's experimental design for the Essence Skyscraper, which, when inserted in the urban jungle, will offer citizens what is out of their reach on a daily basis. This mega-structure will hold 11 different climatic and landscape zones, inhabited by specific animals and overgrown with characteristic plants. And so, the building would feature a desert, a savannah, grasslands, a jungle, an offshore island, a cave, a river, a glacier, a mountain and a waterfall. The architects believe that with use of the newest technical solutions, such a complex construction may be erected. This vertical structure with translucent elevations will provide its inhabitants with sensual experiences which they may have long forgotten.
480 projects sent from seven continents took part in this year’s edition of the Skyscraper Competition. The jury presented three prizes and fifteen distinctions for authors with the best understanding of future architectural challenges.
Second prize was presented to architects from India. Suraksha Bhatla and Sharan Sundar designed the Shanty-Scraper, which aimed to address the issues of the inhabitants of Indian slums. Third prize was given to Egor Orlov for his Cybertopia design, a vertical city where reality meets the virtual world.
The 3 winning projects, and as well as the 15 honourable mentions, can be viewed on eVolo magazine's website.
Author: Anna Cymer, transl. Agata Dudek, 03/04/15.