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eVolo Skyscraper Competition is a contest organized by eVolo magazine that focuses on technological progress and innovative design. eVolo Skyscraper Competition has been established in 2006. The contest was organized to recognize the brightest ideas in architecture and design. The eVolo Skyscraper competitionof 2011 had 715 projects sent from 95 different countries (from 5 world continents). Here we will tell you about the three winners that have gotten 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 dollars as prizes for first, second, and third places respectively. And you’ll also see the brightest finalists’ projects.
To be honest the third place project by the name Re-imagining the Hoover Dam has impressed me the most. First its shape is absolutely fantastic and of course location adds the charm to it. Designed by Yheu-Shen Chua from United Kingdom this project was meant to re-imagine the known Hoover Dam in the United States. The original dam consists of a platform, a bridge, and a gallery while the project sees all those things merged together and allow the visitors interact with the river via containers. The project also provides a vertical aquarium built-in 700-meter foot tower that hangs into Black Canyon.
Flat Tower is the project by Yoann Mescam, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, and Xavier Schirr-Bonnans from France that took the second place in eVolo Skyscraper Competition. In order to preserve the sky-line in a middle-size city but at the same time present the solution for high-density cities French architects went for an unconventional skyscraper that they called “Flat Tower” mainly because of it round flattened form. Beside the ability to accommodate large number of residents Flat Tower’s surface is perfect for collecting solar energy and rainwater.
The project that took the first place probably should be even more valued for its purpose. A project for New Delhi called LO2P Delhi Recycling Center is meant for recycling cars the number of which grows by a thousand every day in the city thus polluting the environment. The recycled cars would be used as a building material for new structures. The air would be cleaned with the help of the skyscraper itself, which is designed as a huge lung.
Now for the eVolo Skyscraper Competition finalists. This amazing Tree Skyscraper was designed by Eric Gangaye, Frédéric Velaye Andy, Alvin Pakeeroo, Yann Terrer, and Thomas Liaigre for the French city Montpellier. Apparently inspired by tree which connects the city through its five “roots” and the system of trains and walking paths. The skyscraper is also eco-friendly as most designs and features solar panels, water collectors, and wind turbines.
Hydro-thermal Skyscraper by Wendy Teo Boon Ting & Linda Hagberg designed for Taipei is another amazing project. The skyscraper was designed as a replacement for river buffer wall that stands on River Danshui, Taiwan. The skyscraper is to function as a filtering system that would clean the river water and increase the amount of hot water for landscape and habitual use.
Porifera Skyscraper was designed to be located at the base of Siene River, Paris. The skyscraper’s designers Nicolas Jomain and Boriana Tchonkova were inspired by marine sponges for their project and divided it in three connected towers for various functions like hotel, offices, and housing. The exterior is rather interesting as it has large openings in the structure while using solar, wind, and kinetic energy. This great band of towers can even generate the bio-fuel through algae and sunlight.
Laminated Wood Skyscraper was designed by Tomas Kozelsky, Patrick Bedarf, and Dimitrie Andrei Stefanescu for an unusual location – the Amazon forest. Its purpose is clear though, research, recreation and education. Laminated Wood Skyscraper is meant to raise awareness about fast deforestation in Brazil. The building looks quiet unusual with its laminated titan-wood blocks connected by intertwining “veins”.
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The new cave hotel project by architects from Oppenheim Architecture + Design is to be built in 2014. The 80,000-square-foot hotel will be cut out the rock in Wadi Rum, Jordan. As you can see in the pictures below the rooms are cut out right inside the big rock formation that is a common landscape for Valley of the Moon orWadi Rum in a Jordan desert where there’s only sand and rock.
Unusual Villa 3S by LOVE Architecture is situated at the beautiful green lawns of Gaydorf in Graz, Austria and displays a unique design and concept. Architects describe their project as both complex and simple, clear and playful, small yet big, so we figure it’s all abuot duality. The concept of integrated living and outdoor spaces gains more popularity with the modern architects. Since the villa’s location boasts wonderful view and garden it’s not surprising the architects decided to go with this exact plan.
I know a lot of ladies are squeamish when it comes to bugs. I’m not one of them. Since I grew up in a small town in rural South Carolina, I’ve seen it all. I can hang with wildlife that would make most grown men shiver. I’m not saying that to brag, but rather to tell you that it has to be a really, really gnarly bug to freak me out. More >
Interesting illusion art by Donald Rust.
Donald Rust was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1932. He began drawing and painting at a very early age and has never had the desire to be anything but a serious artist. His early work was directly influenced by his grandfather, Emil Rust, Gil Elvgren, Bob Toombs, and Norman Rockwell. However, he feels there has been no one single influence in his wildlife art and insists that all wildlife artists have affected his style.
For many years, Rusty’s paintings concentrated on circus and portrait subjects; but recently, wildlife subjects have intrigued him more and more.
Rust’s paintings hang in the Ringling Museum of the Circus, Sarasota, Florida, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Rusty’s ability to capture nature lies between fantasy and reality. Realism is his style, but he wants to take the collector’s imagination one step further. He is an artist sensitive to nature and its surroundings. The beauty of his artistic documentation is distinctly his own. Rusty takes us not just to a creative visual, but to a place and a story.