gies through innovative systems.
Each of the towers serves a specific function, including: solar, hydrodynamic, and planted towers supply
bio-air conditioning to combat the urban heat-island phenomenon; a nearly 15-mile ecological corridor in the heart
of Paris punctuated by depolluting photo-catalytic towers;
a central park built in a vertical spiral with organic facades
of green algae; thermodynamic garden towers; a hive of
connected, energy-efficient honeycomb housing; vertical
farms, and more.
The Sky’s the Limit
Timeline: 2050 and beyond
What will vertical living look like in
the distant future? That’s exactly
the question the 2015 Skyscraper
Competition, an annual contest
established in 2006 by eVolo magazine, set out to answer. And the
480 submissions received produced
stunning and imaginative responses
to that question.
The winning entry from BOMP
(Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka
Morga, Konrad Basan,
and Jakub Pudo) from
Poland for their proj-
ect Essence Skyscraper,
rose to the top, so to
speak. The proposal is
an urban mega-structure
that contains diverse natural
that serve as a respite
from urban life. The
goal of this project
is to position non-
nomena in an urban
landscapes such as
an ocean, a jungle, a
cave, or a waterfall will
stimulate a diverse and
complex range of visual,
acoustic, thermal, olfactory,
and kinesthetic experiences.
The main body of the building is divided
into 11 natural landscapes meant to form an environmentally justified sequence open to the public that
includes extensive open floor plans that form spectacular spaces with water floors, fish tanks hoisted nearly
100 feet above ground, and jungle areas, among others natural scenarios.
The ideas put forth in this competition, through the
novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations, challenge the way we
understand vertical architecture and its relationship
with the natural and built environments.
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