The winners of the 2021 Skyscraper Competition organized by eVolo Magazine have been announced. The awards, granted annually since the beginning of the competition in 2006, are based on exceptional innovative plans in skyscraper design.

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The Skyscraper Competition is a top-bar award for high-rise design and represents forward thinking in technology, material selection, programs, aesthetics and spatial organization. Winning designs challenge current understanding of vertical architecture and its connection to the surrounding environmental and human-built elements, as well as the citizens of the city. 

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The 2021 competition received 492 project applications from around the globe, from which the jury selected three winners and 20 honorable mentions. 

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First place: Living Skyscraper

The first place design was awarded to the team made up of members Andrii Lesiuk, Mykhaylo Kohut, Sofiia Shkoliar, Kateryna Ivashchuk, Nazarii Duda, Mariia Shkolnyk, Oksana-Daryna Kytsiuk and Andrii Honcharenko from Ukraine. Called Living Skyscraper, the project highlights the use of genetically modified trees

The team set out to address several social issues such as the loss of green spaces while simultaneously supporting sustainable urban growth. The answer is to shape trees into living skyscrapers that offer green habitable spaces that stand in stark contrast to the surrounding sea of gray buildings. 

The tall hardwood deciduous trees obtain nutrients from carefully prepared soil, then grow into the building while supporting it with a strong root system and branches.

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Second place: Lluvioso Skyscraper 

The second place team is made up of Amit Deutch, Roni Dominitz and Tamar Kerber from Israel for the project titled Lluvioso Skyscraper. Planned for a location in Mexico, this innovative idea addresses water issues in the region, including flooding and water shortages.

The novel design uses vertical height to collect rainwater and funnel it into Mexico City’s dwindling underground aquifer water supply. It’s made up of several buildings, dispersed across a region of the city that suffers from high flood risk.

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Third place: Hmong Skyscraper

The third place award honors Chinese members Xiangshu Kong, Xiaoyong Zhang and Mingsong Sun for their proposal Hmong Skyscraper, an architectural answer to the problems the ancient Hmong civilization faces. This project aims to respect the farming culture of the people while providing safe urban housing, with a basic design of houses on stilts connected together into a skyscraper.

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