Imagine you are tasked with creating an innovative skyscraper that takes into consideration historical and social context, the existing urban fabric, human scale, and the environment. Your skyscraper design can take any height or shape on any site in the world, but it must be technologically feasible and environmentally responsible. Any ideas? Evolo Architecture held a skyscraper competition with the above constraints and announced three winners and six mentions. Of those nine, Daekwon Park has received some attention in the last week. It’s a pretty interesting concept. I also like the escraper by Sohta Mori and Yuichiro Minato.
Escraper connects three twisted buildings in a modern, but natural way. It has six major green spaces or parks, as well as a mini garden on each level.
This is a concept tower by Popular Architecture envisioned for Tower Hamlets in East London. The design is a reaction, at least in part, to sprawl issues. London is expected to need housing for 100,000 new people per year until 2016, and currently, most of housing that’s being built is low-density projects in commuter towns. Popular Architecture’s Super Tower could house up to about 100,000 people with a seriously low site requirement (considering the number of people within the structure).
The 1,500 meter tall tower would have about 500 floors. You’d find floors or sections for needs such as a university, farmer’s market, pubs, a town hall, sky gardens, etc. Anything and everything would be in the building. There’s even a fire station on the 419th floor! Which raises the question: what do you do if there is a fire above or below the 419th floor?