11 brilliant ideas for the skyscraper of the future
Architects are bonkers. Their designs are utterly captivating, slightly weird, and, more often than not, extremely unique. In order to keep ahead, designs really are out there – often with sustainability in mind.
For 10 years, the architecture publication eVolo Magazine has held an annual skyscraper competition, accepting visionary designs that “challenge the way we understand vertical architecture.” This year’s weird winners created plans that are nothing short of wild. From a drone “hive” to a man-made desert oasis, the buildings look like something out of a science fiction movie.
The first-place winner, “New York Horizon”, completely reimagines iconic Central Park. The plan proposes to dig down and reveal the bedrock below Central Park, sinking the space and wrapping the park in a 1,000-foot-tall, thin “mega structure”, a building that takes up a minimal footprint but provides maximum living space.
Yitan Sun, Jianshi Wu
In second place, this drone “Hive” envisions a future where a proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles need their own version of a parking lot. Different types of docks cater to a variety of drone styles.
Here’s a “green” data storage center. Today’s data centers consume vast amounts of energy and require constant cooling. One alternative: locate the storage center somewhere cold but convenient, like Iceland. The design is meant to emulate a motherboard, and is similarly adaptable.
Valeria Mercuri, Marco Merletti
Chen Linag, Jia Tongyu, Sun Bo, Wang Qun, Zhang Kai, Choi Minhye
The “trans-pital” is a space-adaptive skyscraper hospital. The core component is the idea that the patient does not move by himself: instead, patients enter “motion tracks” and are conveyed throughout the responsive building with minimal effort.