eVolo Magazine announced the winners of the 2016 Skyscraper Competition, making us question the way we understand vertical architecture.

The first place was awarded to Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu from United States who proposed to create a hybrid multi-functional mega structure by digging down, instead of building up. "The ambition is to reverse the traditional relationship between landscape and architecture, in a way that every occupiable space has direct connection to the nature," explained the designers.

The structure in the heart of New York, called the New York Horizon, would be 1000 feet tall and 100 feet deep, providing a total floor area of 7 square miles. It would be as nothing we've ever seen, breaking away from traditional perception od building large skyscrapers. The sunken Central Park would be closed in by a highly reflective glass cover on all sides, creating an illusion of infinity, so the beautiful landscape inside the new Central Park could stretch far beyond physical border.

The second place was given to Hive, designed by Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao, and Chengda Zhu from the United States. The Hive is a futuristic vertical control terminal for advanced flying drones, providing personal and commercial services to residents of New York City. "The project was proposed as an alternative asset argument for the usage of the land on 432 Park Avenue, the project aims to create a central control terminal that hosts docking and charging stations for personal or commercial drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) in the center of Manhattan."

Valeria Mercuri and Marco Merletti from Italy were awarded third place for designing the project Data Tower, a sustainable data center that envisions a sustainable skyscraper in Iceland designed for Internet servers. "The main issue of our project is to investigate a new morphological solution that could represent both the complexity and the importance of the building into which we keep our data. Above all, we conceive the data center's configuration in order to maximize the use of the available renewable energies and also to allow the re-use in a sustainable way."

March 29, 2016 Living photo: Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu via eVolo

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