Monthly Archives: March 2012

Surreal Marina + Beach Towers in Dubai

Due to be completed this year, the Marina + Beach Towers will be a mixed-use development which will highlight self-sustainability while the design also embraces the natural landscape with its sweeping angles and maximizes views while reducing direct sunlight on the hotel guests.

Images courtesy of Oppenheim Architecture+Design


Away on Vacation

On vacation from 03/05 – 03/11, will be back Monday 03/12

2012 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine recently announced the winners of its annual Skyscraper Competition. Started in 2006, the competition encourages architects and designers from around the world to break away from the mundane and come up with something really interesting and did they ever deliver. Out of 714 entries, eVolo chose three winners as well as twenty-two honorable mentions. Here’s the top three and first seven honorable mentions:

Via eVolo

First Place – Himalaya Water Tower (Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao, Dongbai Song: China)

Second Place – Mountain Band-Aid (Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia, Zihan Wang: China)

Third Place – Monument to Civilization: Vertical Landfill for Metropolises (Lin Yu-Ta: Taiwan)

Honorable Mention – Citadel Skyscraper (Victor Kopieikin, Pavlo Zabotin: Ukraine)

Honorable Mention – Occupy Skyscraper Ying Xiao, Shengchen Yang: United States)

Honorable Mention – Folded City (Adrien Piebourg, Bastien Papetti: France)

Honorable Mention – Migrant Skyscraper (Damian Przybyła, Rafał Przybyła: Poland)

Honorable Mention – House of Babel: Post-crisis Skyscraper (Nikita Asadov: Russia)

Honorable Mention – Plastic Fish Tower (Kim Hongseop, Cho Hyunbeom, Yoon Sunhee, Yoon Hyungsoo: South Korea)

Honorable Mention – New Tower of Babel (Maciej Nisztuk: Poland)

For the remaining 15 honorable mentions, check out eVolo’s website:

Transforming Greenhouse allows for year-round urban farming

This Greenhouse Transformer  would allow for gardening all year due to an ingenious roof that opens and closes depending on the weather. The design was up for an honorable mention in an ideas competition for the redevelopment for a disused marine transfer station in Harlem.

Via Co.Design




Images courtesy PRAUD