SkyCity Challenge 17 Winners Announced
SKYCITY, CHANGSHA [ December 1st 2017 ] the winners of the SkyCity Challenge 17 are today being announced by the SkyCity team, the jury and sponsors; Broad Technology Group & P8 Sustainable Innovation Community. The competition elicited 87 submissions from more than 35 countries and various disciplines and challenged the participants to design the interior of an existing atrium inside SkyCity’s J57 skyscraper of Broad. The 17 winning teams will be invited to participate in the SkyCity Orientation Week that will be held shortly after the Chinese New Year of 2018 in Changsha, China where we will discuss the further development of the challenge. The total prize money is altogether $ 26,000 USD including $6,000 for the first place winning design $3,000 for second $2,000 for third and $1,000 for each of the 14 following proposals. One week stay in Broad Town and additional $1000 USD for travel expenses paid upon arrival to each of the 17 teams.
 
The winners were selected by a jury comprised of architecture, design experts and leaders including: Zhangyue - Chairman of Broad Group; Daniel Zhang - Co-founder of P8 Sustainable Innovation Community; Gábor Szentpétery architectnomad, founder of K56; Richard Hsu PanAsia Network, TEDx Shanghai, School of Design and Innovation at Tongji University; P8 Team the inhabitants of the PLAN8T community; Du Peng China Office Director & Academic Coordinator at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH); Wei ChunYu dean of the School of Architecture at Hunan University and Xinlin Song Urban Researcher,Social entrepreneur, Founder of StreetSmart Lab.
 
 
The Grid
First Place
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0212    [ EGYPT ]
Ziad Zaki / Amr Auf / Mohamed Mamdouh 
 
 “The Grid” is designed for Skycity courtyards and played by the building users, who collaborate together to build up their own designs. Those people use specific building elements, tailor made for the game, to create forms that suit their own needs, or even for having fun.
It is crucial to consider playing as an important stress relief in the design. Fun is a common language that all people speak. In the Grid people of different backgrounds, ages, genders, and nationalities are able to cooperate in physical activities; they will blend together while conceiving and implementing their unique designs; leaving their impact on the shared space. The Grid is a catalyst to break barriers between people by getting their creativity unleashed in a dynamic environmeThe Grid’s elements are simple, light and easy to use suiting different people capabilities and ergonomic standards. Despite the simplicity of design elements, there are no limitations to what these elements can create. They can create countless forms and functions like gathering areas, booths, exhibitions, workout activities, auditorium, games, bookshelves and reading areas, and much more. Building activities don’t have to be exhausting. People can join the courtyard to create a simple hammock to relax, or a seating to listen to their favourite music. Although the Grid brings people together and enhances social bonds, but it also keeps some room for privacy when needed. In many times, people will be using The Grid to create experimental or spontaneous designs. People are expected to act in a way similar to being on the beach where they build their own sand castles using simple tools. Similarly, they would use The Grid’s elements to create their designs in Skycity courtyard.
Skycity was designed and prefabricated on a modular grid to ease the process of building. As a result it was the fastest tower built around the world. Similarly, The Grid uses the same concept of prefabrication of fixed size elements to ease the process of building for Skycity users, and help
 
 
 
 
 
 “The Grid” is designed for Skycity courtyards and played by the building users, who collaborate together to build up their own designs. Those people use specific building elements, tailor made for the game, to create forms that suit their own needs, or even for having fun.
It is crucial to consider playing as an important stress relief in the design. Fun is a common language that all people speak. In the Grid people of different backgrounds, ages, genders, and nationalities are able to cooperate in physical activities; they will blend together while conceiving and implementing their unique designs; leaving their impact on the shared space. The Grid is a catalyst to break barriers between people by getting their creativity unleashed in a dynamic environmeThe Grid’s elements are simple, light and easy to use suiting different people capabilities and ergonomic standards. Despite the simplicity of design elements, there are no limitations to what these elements can create. They can create countless forms and functions like gathering areas, booths, exhibitions, workout activities, auditorium, games, bookshelves and reading areas, and much more. Building activities don’t have to be exhausting. People can join the courtyard to create a simple hammock to relax, or a seating to listen to their favourite music. Although the Grid brings people together and enhances social bonds, but it also keeps some room for privacy when needed. In many times, people will be using The Grid to create experimental or spontaneous designs. People are expected to act in a way similar to being on the beach where they build their own sand castles using simple tools. Similarly, they would use The Grid’s elements to create their designs in Skycity courtyard.
Skycity was designed and prefabricated on a modular grid to ease the process of building. As a result it was the fastest tower built around the world. Similarly, The Grid uses the same concept of prefabrication of fixed size elements to ease the process of building for Skycity users, and help
 
Infinite Landscape
Second Place
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0373     [ UK - POLAND ]
Artur Zakrzewski / Konrad Weka 
 
WHAT IS A COURTYARD IN THE MIDDLE OF A VERTICAL SKYSCRAPER IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
 
The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach, 9.8 billion in 2050 according to a United Nations report. With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in highly densified cities, access to the daylight and urban land are expected to become an increasingly limited resources.
Cities will face numerous challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban population without compromising quality of life. Historically, a courtyard was a space inside or surrounded by a building complex, that was open to the sky. Siheyuan traditional housing unit offers a central open space for its occupants which servers similar function to European understanding of a courtyard, which means meeting place or open space. However in Chinese definition it is about connection with the ground and spirit of the earth which something a building lacks.
 
We believe that J57 is an example of the vertical traditional Siheyuan. By choosing nature category we wanted to re-define the connection to the nature through re-conceptualizing the elements of tree, earth and sky. We focused on a bamboo, one of the most sustainable and fastest growing plants on the planet. The history of Chinese people planting and using bamboo can be traced back 7,000 years and in traditional Chinese culture, bamboo is a symbol of virtue as it reflects people’s souls and emotions. This value becomes one of the major themes in Chinese painting, calligraphy and poetry. For thousands of years, generations of artists praised bamboo in the name of this spirit.
 
Transcending the limitations of the physical space of the courtyard through the use of one way mirrors was inspired by the artist Yayoi Kusama who since 1965 created various types of installations using the technique of Infinite mirrors, allowing her to create an endless visual multiplication of her sculptures and artwork.
As cities continue to expand we should start to consider greater use of spaces without visual and physical access to the building surroundings. By taking this as an opportunity we transcend the idea of nature by proposing an immersive environment where visitors feel as they would step into a fantasy world in another dimension. Infinite Landscape blurs the lines between physical and ethereal creating a harmonious, quiet and sensual space.
By using one way mirrors, bamboo are multiplied endlessly in space creating an experience of walking through a forest, a primary experience that connect dwellers with the earth. One way mirror allows those walking through the corridor to see inside the space while those inside see endless reflections.
Perforated ceiling panels letting the small percentage of the existing lighting through, create a visual effect of the stars in the galaxy, resembling an open sky in the traditional definition of a courtyard.
 
The sculptural manipulation of the bamboo flooring creates a dynamic landscape of endless wooden dunes, challenging the notions of art as landscape and landscape as art, inviting visitors to interact with it freely and organically.
 
We believe that in the future, nature and architecture would be singular, where building materials would derive completely from natural sources. The bamboo acts as a major element in the design; it connects the occupants to nature and constructs both the structure and surface of the landscape.
Bamboo apart from its symbolic meaning in Chinese culture, also have extremely impressing technical aspect ratio of flexibility and strength which makes it one of most common structural material used in China. However, only recently emerging technologies like hot press and glulam allow for more sophisticated, elegant and controlled use of it. The sophisticated curvature of a bamboo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT IS A COURTYARD IN THE MIDDLE OF A VERTICAL SKYSCRAPER IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
 
The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach, 9.8 billion in 2050 according to a United Nations report. With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in highly densified cities, access to the daylight and urban land are expected to become an increasingly limited resources.
 
Cities will face numerous challenges in meeting the needs of their growing urban population without compromising quality of life. Historically, a courtyard was a space inside or surrounded by a building complex, that was open to the sky. Siheyuan traditional housing unit offers a central open space for its occupants which servers similar function to European understanding of a courtyard, which means meeting place or open space. However in Chinese definition it is about connection with the ground and spirit of the earth which something a building lacks.
 
We believe that J57 is an example of the vertical traditional Siheyuan. By choosing nature category we wanted to re-define the connection to the nature through re-conceptualizing the elements of tree, earth and sky. We focused on a bamboo, one of the most sustainable and fastest growing plants on the planet. The history of Chinese people planting and using bamboo can be traced back 7,000 years and in traditional Chinese culture, bamboo is a symbol of virtue as it reflects people’s souls and emotions. This value becomes one of the major themes in Chinese painting, calligraphy and poetry. For thousands of years, generations of artists praised bamboo in the name of this spirit.
 
Transcending the limitations of the physical space of the courtyard through the use of one way mirrors was inspired by the artist Yayoi Kusama who since 1965 created various types of installations using the technique of Infinite mirrors, allowing her to create an endless visual multiplication of her sculptures and artwork.
As cities continue to expand we should start to consider greater use of spaces without visual and physical access to the building surroundings. By taking this as an opportunity we transcend the idea of nature by proposing an immersive environment where visitors feel as they would step into a fantasy world in another dimension. Infinite Landscape blurs the lines between physical and ethereal creating a harmonious, quiet and sensual space.
 
By using one way mirrors, bamboo are multiplied endlessly in space creating an experience of walking through a forest, a primary experience that connect dwellers with the earth. One way mirror allows those walking through the corridor to see inside the space while those inside see endless reflections.
Perforated ceiling panels letting the small percentage of the existing lighting through, create a visual effect of the stars in the galaxy, resembling an open sky in the traditional definition of a courtyard.
 
The sculptural manipulation of the bamboo flooring creates a dynamic landscape of endless wooden dunes, challenging the notions of art as landscape and landscape as art, inviting visitors to interact with it freely and organically.
 
We believe that in the future, nature and architecture would be singular, where building materials would derive completely from natural sources. The bamboo acts as a major element in the design; it connects the occupants to nature and constructs both the structure and surface of the landscape.
 
Bamboo apart from its symbolic meaning in Chinese culture, also have extremely impressing technical aspect ratio of flexibility and strength which makes it one of most common structural material used in China. However, only recently emerging technologies like hot press and glulam allow for more sophisticated, elegant and controlled use of it. The sophisticated curvature of a bamboo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mother Nature’s Treasure Box
Third Place
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0366     [ RUSSIA ]
Anna Andronova

 

Domesticated Landscapes. Mother Nature’s treasure box.

Lobby Type: Activities
 
We are moving away from nature and more and more rely on our man-made infrastructures. Despite the common claim that this shift is tragic for humanity, we should critically approach it. What if it is actually positive?
 
Atriums of SkyCity are completely isolated, and the only constant connection with outside is filtering air pumps. As it was claimed, the indoor air would be three times cleaner than the outside. We lost pristine nature, no doubts here. What if we consider the atrium as a secret treasure box, where we put all the beloved landscapes, and they would be even more wonderful than original? Inspired by traditional Chinese poems, a scenery of abstracted Sun, Rainbow, Lake, Mountain, Forest, Mist, Rain is recreated.
However, instead of building decorations, poorly resembling nature, we rather introduce the space, where PEOPLE are the main architectural elements. By doing their daily domestic activities and sports, they set up and animate the landscape. Waste, noise, smell, hustle and bustle of people which are usually distracting in the formalist projects, are core of this proposal (and they would anyway hang their wet socks, let’s admit it).
 
Mother Nature, of course, is created by female hands, reintroducing domesticity (the labour itself is automated, only traces remain):
• Wet washed floor is as reflective as a lake surface;
• Hanging waving clothing resembles leaves in a bamboo forest;
• Swiping dust sounds just like birds’ wings flops;
• Steam from dumplings and buns cooking form clouds.
 
Imagine fan dance in the morning, or flowers which open up towards the sun. Imagine ping pong match or day-long raindrops sounds. Imagine weightlifting exercising or a thunderstorm. Trampoline jumping as sea waves. Air yoga as a beehive. Sport is literally life!
 
Form and function in the project follow biological human rhythms. As stage light moves by the Solar Trajectory Arc, different colour temperatures, shadows and light diffusions, heat and sound sets make different atmospheres (bright midday, romantic sunset and sunrise, starry night, enchanting rainbow, etc.), promising different activities and sports in the atrium. Thus, we make a perfect well-being microclimate for skyscraper inhabitants:
  • Morning glow softly wakes up people in the morning and invites them for refreshing gymnastics;
  • Bright and sunny day encourages active and extremal sports;
  • Scattered and diffused, cloudy day lighting is ideal for activities, where strong contrast is unfavourable;
  • Colourful LED rainbow together with contrast lights makes a perfect stage set for performative arts;
  • Vibrant sunset colours give the mood for meditative practices. Descending lamps reflect in the water surface and make romantic atmosphere;
  • Perforated fabric of the canopy allows only tiny light beams come through, creating simple starry night effect.
 
Instead of using precious and extinct natural materials, waste household objects are making the project. Basic conical structures applied here allow easy fabrication while triangular cross-sections contribute to elements’ stability.
As Earth and Sky symbiotically coexist in nature, Solar Trajectory Arc and Mountain Fan are supporting each other structurally with tension strings. They also are oriented precisely according to Changsha longitude and latitude, whereas the lighting scheme would be as accurate as possible.
Slight slope enhances scenery visibility even in the case of great crowd gathering, and also enables smooth exploration of space and zoning. Training machines are utilizing kinetic energy meet atrium’s local electricity demand. Mobile and inflating elements such as ladders and slides reconfigure the carousel according to changing needs.
 
Domesticated landscape is safe (recycled materials and predictable programs), stimulating (health-improving facilities), exciting (changing scenarios and dynamic views), and it is made by us.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Domesticated Landscapes. Mother Nature’s treasure box.

Lobby Type: Activities
 
We are moving away from nature and more and more rely on our man-made infrastructures. Despite the common claim that this shift is tragic for humanity, we should critically approach it. What if it is actually positive?
 
Atriums of SkyCity are completely isolated, and the only constant connection with outside is filtering air pumps. As it was claimed, the indoor air would be three times cleaner than the outside. We lost pristine nature, no doubts here. What if we consider the atrium as a secret treasure box, where we put all the beloved landscapes, and they would be even more wonderful than original? Inspired by traditional Chinese poems, a scenery of abstracted Sun, Rainbow, Lake, Mountain, Forest, Mist, Rain is recreated.
However, instead of building decorations, poorly resembling nature, we rather introduce the space, where PEOPLE are the main architectural elements. By doing their daily domestic activities and sports, they set up and animate the landscape. Waste, noise, smell, hustle and bustle of people which are usually distracting in the formalist projects, are core of this proposal (and they would anyway hang their wet socks, let’s admit it).
 
Mother Nature, of course, is created by female hands, reintroducing domesticity (the labour itself is automated, only traces remain):
• Wet washed floor is as reflective as a lake surface;
• Hanging waving clothing resembles leaves in a bamboo forest;
• Swiping dust sounds just like birds’ wings flops;
• Steam from dumplings and buns cooking form clouds.
 
Imagine fan dance in the morning, or flowers which open up towards the sun. Imagine ping pong match or day-long raindrops sounds. Imagine weightlifting exercising or a thunderstorm. Trampoline jumping as sea waves. Air yoga as a beehive. Sport is literally life!
 
Form and function in the project follow biological human rhythms. As stage light moves by the Solar Trajectory Arc, different colour temperatures, shadows and light diffusions, heat and sound sets make different atmospheres (bright midday, romantic sunset and sunrise, starry night, enchanting rainbow, etc.), promising different activities and sports in the atrium. Thus, we make a perfect well-being microclimate for skyscraper inhabitants:
  • Morning glow softly wakes up people in the morning and invites them for refreshing gymnastics;
  • Bright and sunny day encourages active and extremal sports;
  • Scattered and diffused, cloudy day lighting is ideal for activities, where strong contrast is unfavourable;
  • Colourful LED rainbow together with contrast lights makes a perfect stage set for performative arts;
  • Vibrant sunset colours give the mood for meditative practices. Descending lamps reflect in the water surface and make romantic atmosphere;
  • Perforated fabric of the canopy allows only tiny light beams come through, creating simple starry night effect.
 
Instead of using precious and extinct natural materials, waste household objects are making the project. Basic conical structures applied here allow easy fabrication while triangular cross-sections contribute to elements’ stability.
As Earth and Sky symbiotically coexist in nature, Solar Trajectory Arc and Mountain Fan are supporting each other structurally with tension strings. They also are oriented precisely according to Changsha longitude and latitude, whereas the lighting scheme would be as accurate as possible.
Slight slope enhances scenery visibility even in the case of great crowd gathering, and also enables smooth exploration of space and zoning. Training machines are utilizing kinetic energy meet atrium’s local electricity demand. Mobile and inflating elements such as ladders and slides reconfigure the carousel according to changing needs.
 
Domesticated landscape is safe (recycled materials and predictable programs), stimulating (health-improving facilities), exciting (changing scenarios and dynamic views), and it is made by us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Manifold Clamb
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0111   [ CAMBODIA ]
Chan  Sopheap / Khoan  Pengly  / Mao  Mengchhorng / Sok  Kimleap  / Va  Benyamin 
Cities all around the world are growing rapidly which results in an increasing number of urban population. Today, more than half of the world’s population are living in cities and this rate is expected to rise up to 66% by 2050. With such growing rate, people have no choice but to squeeze in tight spaces so closed to one another. Condition is even worse in the developing world where urban sprawl now becoming a global problem. In the face of this growing challenges, how can we ensure that cities are economically, socially and environmentally developed without sacrificing spaces for livability…
 
 
 
 
 
SkyCity Challenge
Cities all around the world are growing rapidly which results in an increasing number of urban population. Today, more than half of the world’s population are living in cities and this rate is expected to rise up to 66% by 2050. With such growing rate, people have no choice but to squeeze in tight spaces so closed to one another. Condition is even worse in the developing world where urban sprawl now becoming a global problem. In the face of this growing challenges, how can we ensure that cities are economically, socially and environmentally developed without sacrificing spaces for livability?
We see the necessity of public spaces in the city and we believe that such spaces serve a crucial role in a society as they are places where people socialize, interact, inspire and be inspired. Thus we want to combine all the above activities in to one space we called “the learning scape”.
Regardless of the scarcity of available land, what if we could build a public place for educational activities in a vertical city? With this concept in mind, we came up with an idea of turning one of the 17 courtyards in SkyCity J57 in to a public space for educational activities. Our design will take up space of courtyard in floor eight.
Education is a life-long process and it is an endless cycle. Hence we design a sliding ramp which appears as sculpture and an element for playscape. The shape of the sliding ramp is inspired by a loop ribbon which resembles the symbol of infinity. We believe that education has no ending and it does not have to be limited to school. Mark Twain, a well-known American writer, once said, “I never let schooling interfere with my education.” Ones can learn actually anywhere and anytime as long as they become curious at whatever happens around them.
Environment plays a vital role in shaping one’s character. Aside from heredity, environmental condition also partly influence a person’s growth and development. Thus we imagine a space where, with the influence of the surrounding environment, users can flourish and grow better. We aim to create an environment which allows people from all ages and nationalities to interact in a shared space so that they can learn from one another within the community.  
In addition to the sliding ramp, we incorporate the shape of the ramp with a raise platform which can functions as a stage or an amphitheater for tenants in the building to conduct any educational activities, social events or community workshops on particular topics. Another purpose of the space is to encourage interactive learning environment which everyone can share their story or experiences, address problems and find solutions. Additionally, to make the space more welcoming and inviting, we created a flexible and movable seating furniture in the center of the courtyard. Users do not just simply sit but they can also grab a book and go through several pages while they are waiting for the event or their love ones. As a bonus activity for kids, we also added a climbing wall to create movement and to make the space more vibrant.
 
Group members:
  1. CHAN SOPHEAP
  2. KHOAN PENGLY
  3. MAO MENGCHHORNG
  4. SOK KIMLEAP
  5. VA BENYAMIN
S0111
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bees
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0143  [ RUSSIA ]
Dmitriy  Selivokhin / Anton  Ladigyn / Aleksey  Kurkov / Denis  Agafonov / Veronica  Barinova-Malaja 
 
Ideology.
Bees. Symbol of diligence and success. They create, they collect pollen, they produce precious honey. Being social beings, they live under the protection of the law in their own homes.
It was the bees who came up with an excellent engineering design from regular hexahedrons, connected together – bee honeycombs. In addition to harmonious proportions, it is also the most geometrically efficient way of arranging polygons among themselves, in terms of material savings, logistics, strength and……
 
 
 
 
 
Ideology.
Bees. Symbol of diligence and success. They create, they collect pollen, they produce precious honey. Being social beings, they live under the protection of the law in their own homes.
It was the bees who came up with an excellent engineering design from regular hexahedrons, connected together – bee honeycombs. In addition to harmonious proportions, it is also the most geometrically efficient way of arranging polygons among themselves, in terms of material savings, logistics, strength and density.
 
Context.
J57 is an experimental skyscraper demonstrating modern technologies, speed, purposefulness and a revolutionary approach to the erection of high-rise buildings. J57 is essentially a city in the city, with its life cycles, offices, museums, cafes and entertainment centers. Obviously, its residents need a special form of housing, located at the junction of new technologies and at the same time convenient for installation and operation.
The ideal place for arranging such a dwelling is one of the seventeen multi-colored courtyards of the skyscraper, allowing you to organize within yourself a three-level structure that turns this space into a closed microcosm. Here you can live, relax and work.
 
Composition.
The project consists of three types of functional spaces, combined with each other. Structurally, this is a large frame structure, on which functional modules are suspended. In fact, there are three types of modules in the project.
The first type is a residential module, a hexagonal prism, inside which there is everything for a comfortable life. They are designed for three options: one bed, a bunk bed and a family room with a double bed. To optimize the spatial modules partially transformed, for example, a double bed in a state attached to a wall, turns into a closed rack, the tables can be fixed to the wall. Each module has a toilet design with shower and kitchen.
The second type is a business module – a hexagonal prism, similar to a residential module. The business module is presented in two versions: one option for holding meetings in groups of up to 10 people, the second option is a working office for 4 people with individual jobs. In fact, it is a coworking module that is provided for rent.
The third type is a hexagonal transit platform in three versions – 40 mm thick frosted glass, reinforced with a special film, to achieve the effect of hovering visitors; Concrete with a top ground layer and wooden flooring for a recreational area. Transit prisms connect functional modules among themselves, and also create small cozy inner courtyards for each of the residential modules.
 
Combinatorics.
All modules are grouped together by the example of bee honeycombs into a three-tiered structure.
The first tier is a public recreational area with a café and a library. There is an open amphitheater for lectures, with the possibility of projecting films on the wall, a number of swings and sun beds, as well as a system of flower beds and tubs with shade-loving plant species. As in the whole complex, in this zone it is planned to build a wireless Internet network. Here you can relax after work, watch movies, at night in silence read a book or check your mail. At lunchtime, this area is turned into a large café with business lunches, which can accommodate all tenants and visitors to these residential units.
We interpret the entire recreational space of the first tier as the base of a large bamboo forest, where the frame becomes trunks, and the “honeycombs” are functional modules, are hung on it in various combinations.
The second tier is a combination of business modules and residential modules, with the predominance of business modules. This is a zone of coworking, there is everything that can be required in a modern office.
The third level is a level completely occupied by residential modules.
All these three levels are strung on a common core in the center, with a spiral staircase and a platform for the disabled, as well as for loading and unloading in the very center of the staircase. On the perimeter of the ladder rod on each of the levels there are additional open workplaces organized as a single stand and stools along it in a circle for those whose work does not require a full coworking module.
 
Constructive.
All modules are unified and are regular hexahedrons of the same size, interconnected by similar hexagonal areas. This construction was suggested to us by bees. Modules, like honeycombs, rest on one another, and on the whole the structure is located on a metal frame, which allows to keep the common space of the courtyard openwork and open for air, and to ensure the highest density of module accommodations on three levels. Since all standard sizes are used unified, the production of modules consists of the production and installation of a number of identical parts. This scheme is quite in tune with the philosophy of technological solutions J57.
A very important part of the project is lighting the courtyard space, in the daytime it’s a cold light imitating the sunny, at night the ceiling of the courtyard is transformed into a starry sky using a diode illumination system integrated right into it. The ceiling is assumed to be semi-somatic, with a slight reflection, this will create an effect of leaving the module tiers in the infinity of the sky, due to fuzzy reflections.
 
Lifestyle
In this project, the most important thing that we offer is a lifestyle where work and private life are closely intertwined in a dynamically developing environment, when there is no longer time to spend traffic jams on the road to the office, and all the time is devoted to creating something new. In this project, we minimize the passive consumption of time with the help of a closed cycle structure, when the whole working week can be fully spent for work, and a single co-working – co-living system offers its residents and housing, and jobs, and recreation and catering zone In a single space. This model is ideal for start-ups and students who can not yet afford a full-fledged office and housing, but already have ample ambitions for this.
 
Indicators.
The area of the standard module is 10 m2.
Residential modules – 12
Business modules – 6
Residents – 24 guests
 
Workplaces – 24.
Open jobs – 20
Public area for 100 people
 
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Exchange
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0174     [ CHINA ]
Yao Yidi / Huang Jie 
 
Design Concept
“Exchange”
The design key word is “exchange”. It intends to encourage people to exchange ideas and communicate in SkyCity..
First we create a curve surface in the courtyard to connecting 3 stories. The platform itself is accumulated by multiple modular boxes where people can store things inside. Then people can start to store in things. By “putting in” and “taking out” personal items,people inside SkyCity begin to store and share not only matter(books,cloths,toys..) but also spirit(skills,crafts,ideas..), and finally they achieve to exchange thoughts…..
 
 
 
 
 
Design Concept
“Exchange”
 
The design key word is “exchange”. It intends to encourage people to exchange ideas and communicate in SkyCity..
 
First we create a curve surface in the courtyard to connecting 3 stories. The platform itself is accumulated by multiple modular boxes where people can store things inside. Then people can start to store in things. By “putting in” and “taking out” personal items,people inside SkyCity begin to store and share not only matter(books,cloths,toys..) but also spirit(skills,crafts,ideas..), and finally they achieve to exchange thoughts.
 
For example, the book that recently intrigued you, the clothes that no longer wear, a flash of wit and so on. According to our design, the process of exchange is circulating. This leads to a real-time communication of the community, which is inadequate in current urban life where people barely get to know their neighbors. We encourage residents in the SkyCity have various ways of communication and exchange
 
The curve surface is consisted by two layers of boxes with different directions of openings. One direction enables the daylighting of the bottom space and visual transparency, and the other offers plenty of public storage space. Meanwhile, boxes of different directions largely strengthens the integrity of the structure.
 
The boxes are modularly designed to 1 meter long and 1 meter wide floor space. Modularization saves economical cost and time cost as much as possible. More importantly, it offers flexibility. The boxes can be easily stacked and transformed into different shapes to run various activities and satisfy multiple purposes.
 
The inserted curved surface works as the key design for the courtyard and it has two meanings: a platform to stay and a public furniture offering a great quantity of storage space. Yet both the two functions aim to encourage people to communicate and exchange as much as possible.
 
A community with high quality should give full scope to its publicity,creativity and identity. And the 3-storeyed high internal courtyards SkyCity offers tends to be a unique space with a lot potential.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trance & Dance
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0229     [ BELGIUM – SPAIN - FRANCE ]
 Benoit Capel / Diego Pepin / Anthony Karkan 
 
TRANCE & DANCE
The 21st Century sees the progressive domination of the urban over the rural; and in the face of this globalization, human activity and its social relationships are changing. The character of the Skycity competition, prompted us to explore the topical aspect of transcendence. Transcendence understood as the search……
 
 
 
 
 
TRANCE & DANCE
The 21st Century sees the progressive domination of the urban over the rural; and in the face of this globalization, human activity and its social relationships are changing. The character of the Skycity competition, prompted us to explore the topical aspect of transcendence. Transcendence understood as the search for one’s self within globalization.
 
HOW DO WE CONSTRUCT OUR INDIVIDUALITY?
IN WHAT WAY DO WE LIVE AND WITH WHAT AIM?
Transcendence questions our place as individuals in society. But the 21st century, defined by it’s increasingly accelerated process of globalization, provokes a uniformity of culture and a loss of references. In the face of this it seems that under certain conditions the culture of work is now the new dogma. The issues surrounding burnout and other crises brought about by our relationship to work serve as proof for this phenomenon. The problem arises from the fact that we accentuate our performance in work, rather than structuring success within our personal development.
Our group, originating in Brussels, observes the problem of an “over-work” culture on a daily basis. Being the capital of the European Union, the city attracts a hugely diverse population and concentrates international institutions. This context has informed and shaped our understanding of these issues and our response to them through this project. These observations have given rise to a multiplicity of responses that are unique to each individual; either by tending to look towards the inside, and undergoing activities of relaxation, or by the exteriorization of their personality, in moments of social interaction. These binary propositions seem to stand in contrast to one another, where one is isolation, a tendency towards the self, the other is defined by a tendency to consume, if not to over-consume, goods, experiences, and ideas.
 
Our proposal searches for an equilibrium between professional performance and personal development. Without wanting to dictate a unique way of doing or living, we propose a space which generates sub-spaces within it, which are of free communal use. The individual, structured and followed by the play of light, can disconnect and dedicate himself to relaxing or meditating; or depending on the event of the day, to dancing, music or any other artistic format. The project “Trance & Dance” invites the occupier of its space to remove himself from routine and question their own methods of expression or liberation.
Looking for simplicity and flexibility in our response, the project is composed of a structure made of a multitude of cubes. The play of shadows and the translucid faces of some cubes, generate a multitude of spaces and ambiences, which allow the occupants to define their activity within it. The 39cm cubes, which allow the user to easily transition between sitting, kneeling or standing, they allow one to move around the space with versatility. Adapting itself both to the already present functions of the J57 project as creating a new space within it. Excavated spaces and elevations through these cubic structures create spaces by contracting and expanding space, which allow for different uses of the common space. It is not to be interpreted as an isolated corridor that leads to differentiated spaces, but rather as part of the whole. This organization of space, through a structure that is open and translucid, avoids enclosing users of this space in individualism: as it forces a perception of the totality of the space, wherever one might be positioned
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SkyFarm
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0279   [ BRASIL – URUGUAY ]
Jeferson Chicarelli / Matías Gatti 
 
SkyFarm
A feeding landscape for the vertical cities.
Introduction
In the coming years 70% of the population will live in cities. Skyscrapers are a solution to densify cities in order to save urban soil and public budgets for city services, but in this scenario only a small percentage of the urban population will have access to a healthy eating. At present, throughout the world, over 80% of the land that is suitable for raising crops is in use. Urban agriculture arises as a solution that provides with healthy food without compromising the environment….
 
 
 
 
 
SkyFarm
A feeding landscape for the vertical cities.
 
Introduction
In the coming years 70% of the population will live in cities. Skyscrapers are a solution to densify cities in order to save urban soil and public budgets for city services, but in this scenario only a small percentage of the urban population will have access to a healthy eating. At present, throughout the world, over 80% of the land that is suitable for raising crops is in use. Urban agriculture arises as a solution that provides with healthy food without compromising the environment. But how to achieve this when cities have to deal also with polluted air and water resources? how to get a sustainable life inside a 21 century skyscraper community? How can we do to transfer the knowledge of producing fresh natural food to the next generations?
 
Producing indoor organic hydroponic vegetables.
Skyfarm is one possible answer to achieve these goals by allowing people to grow healthy and organic food inside a vertical city, and also being a sustainable and useful infrastructure that will also be a public space.
SkyFarm will use the latest technology on urban farming solutions, it will be a sustainable vertical hydroponic farming facility, not only economically and ecologically but also socially. We want to create a new kind of indoor public space, a topographic landscape, that seeks to achieve a sense of belonging on its users and that is able to build a local identity for the community.
Skyfarm will not only provide people with healthy food and be the building public plaza but will also be an education facility that will show up the production process, to transfer the knowledge in order to raise awareness and replicate in other interior building spaces.
 
Design process.
The creative concept of the project originates from design guidelines and program inputs, following a logical development, from analyzing the situation context to its possible materialities and assembly. Process, form and structure follow these premises, resulting on a design that reacts to its particular situation and program requirements. The main challenge was to combine the best plaza usability with a maximum possible farm facility area.
To achieve this, we propose a public indoor landscape, an ethereal topography that host inside it the farm facility. This topography is the result of the two main program requirements: first, the need of a restricted access and a hygrothermic controlled area, and second, an open and welcoming public space. As a result, the atrium floor rises in
the areas where the farm needs room, and it descends in areas where a path connection is needed. This translucent topography will show up how vegetables are produced, and also will connect all the levels in a public path, generating social areas and meeting points.
 
Design guidelines.
To build an indoor topographic landscape, to enrich the building users experience.
To keep the atrium usability as a connector and a meeting place.
To connect all the atriums levels in a public path.
Due to its particular location, it should be a prefabricated easy mounting structure, plus lightweight and low maintenance.
A unique big fluid space, where all the social activities could be easily detectable and usable.
To provide for the indoor farm facility the maximum possible production area.
 
Construction process / Structure follows form.
Designed as a lightweight installation, construction process starts from considering the proposed flux lines as structural lines and dividing the topography into three surfaces, between the flux lines and the resulting edge’s surfaces, a tubular steel structure system will solve the loads using a structural analysis software, varying the beams modules according to a further data analysis feedback process.
 
Materiality:
Skyfarm will be made mainly from galvanized steel pipes and joints, galvanized steel hollow sections and polycarbonate sheets. Its components will be produced outside the building and mounted together on situ. There will be 5 types of polycarbonate sheets, from totally clear to opaque sheets, according to a previous defined pattern.
 
Assembly:
The galvanized steel pipe components for the main structure will be assembled together using customized metal joints. The topographical surfaces and stairs will be made from polycarbonate sheets.
The metal joints were first created by a parametric software and then casted from a mold made from a 3D printer. The polycarbonate surfaces were triangulated using also a parametric software and the resulting pieces will be then specifically made with a laser cutting and mounted together with galvanized steel frames and beams.
 
Technology.
Hydroponics is an agriculture technology for growing plants in nutrient solutions (water containing natural fertilizers) with or without the use of an artificial medium to provide mechanical support. Indoor hydroponics farms allow also to grow vegetables in a controlled environment without the use of agro toxics and air pollution.
Skyfarm project will be based on the ZipFarm technologies, adapted to the special needs that requires this location. This is a proved and technology based on vertical hydroponic racks systems, and a system of led lights and irrigation.
Advantages of Skyfarm hydroponics system:
The Hydroponic indoor farms use less water and space than conventional farms, and grows food more efficiently, as much as 350 times more crops per square foot than a typical farm.
The advantages of indoor vertical farms compared to traditional farms are:
1 – Rational and less use of water by reusing it up to 90%.
2 – More efficiently production in the same planting area.
3 – Fastest growth, up to 2 times fastest.
4 – Not need to use herbicides or agro toxics.
5 – Not depend on weather conditions nor natural seasons, nights or days.
6 – Light, air humidity and temperature are all tightly controlled.
7 -Low carbon footprint by bypassing extensive transportation of the produce, grow locally to sell locally.
8 – Possibility of data colleting by using sensors, to analyse and improve the
production.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ecocomix
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0320     [ COLOMBIA ]
Linda Daniela Gallego Sanabria / Juliana Carolina Quiñonez Forero  
 
World’s modern cities impose challenges to our lifestyle, especially to mega-cities dwellers. As cities grow, the way we feel and connect with them also change. Even though megacities offer a world of opportunities, the uncontrolled population growth, the social disengagement, and the replacement of nature by high–rise buildings somehow disconnects us from our surroundings. We think that the way we design our dwellings is essential to make a difference, and that is why we…
 
 
 
 
 
World’s modern cities impose challenges to our lifestyle, especially to mega-cities dwellers. As cities grow, the way we feel and connect with them also change. Even though megacities offer a world of opportunities, the uncontrolled population growth, the social disengagement, and the replacement of nature by high–rise buildings somehow disconnects us from our surroundings. We think that the way we design our dwellings is essential to make a difference, and that is why we chose the “Nature” category.
Our proposal aims to make the courtyard/atrium a space for people to engage with nature, and promote activity among J57s residents while giving this place an identity. This project is a contrast between openness, versatility and sustainability. Our concept is based on creating an architecture that can not only give the J57 courtyard some character, but also and a place to learn about the future of sustainable crops, and to also participate actively of it while enjoying the production in the market place.
As illustrated in our submission, the project consists of a hydroponic farm incorporated into a 3 stories- scaffolding open structure. First floor is designated to be a market place in which the production form the farm above is sold, with an open plan which intends to avoid disruption in the courtyards circulation area. Second and third level contain the hanging hydroponic tubes, which intends to open a vast number of possibilities for space allocation, and for usage. Growing our own food is not only an outdated, but also an almost impossible activity, especially in urban areas. Taking this concept and adapting it into a modern lifestyle is one of the main aspects of this project.
The design solution proposed is based on understanding how light structures can form an open, vibrant and most importantly a versatile space that can change within years, just as people’s lifestyles also change. We opted for hydroponics for the same reason we chose the scaffolding structure, they are simple and space-efficient (you can plant 4 times the amount of crops in the same space as soil farming), and can be set up almost anywhere. The light structure also allows to have open spaces, establishing a visual link between the projects to all of its surroundings in order to make it more appealing.
Hydroponics came as a practical solution to incorporate nature within the building. We thought urban agriculture could be the interactive factor that the space was missing, since people would have the chance to grow they own food, or to buy it in the market space in the level below, and what a better solution than one that doesn’t require much space, soil, and that can be done vertically and use artificial lighting? In this case, the vertical hanging hydroponic tubes allowed us to create green halls, in which people can explore, engage, and just enjoy that dose of nature that we all need.
 
This project is a reflection of what we think should be a priority in modern cities: a sustainable lifestyle, social engagement, and versatility, through simple yet efficient spaces which we think are easy to get and easy to adapt to. We hope you like our idea, and appreciate the time taken to review our project.
 
 
 
Juliana Quiñonez, and Linda Gallego
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Power of Now
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0381     [ HOLLAND ]
Coco van Weelden / Paul de Wilde 
 
The power of now
Surrounded by a single continuous wall and mirrored by reflecting tiles, the space seems endless. Up is down and down is up. There is no horizon, there are no floors, and everything floats in a continuum of space. Nothing relates to scale, the limits could be as far away as they could be near. Walls with earthly sides – slightly humid and smooth to touch – smell of dirt primal to our instincts. Their thickness and porousness absorbs all sound, which dampens in the distance…
 
 
 
 
 
STUDIO44X – THE POWER OF NOW
Category: lifestyle
Verification ID: S0381
Team member 1: Coco van Weelden
Team member 2: Paul de Wilde
 
The power of now
Surrounded by a single continuous wall and mirrored by reflecting tiles, the space seems endless. Up is down and down is up. There is no horizon, there are no floors, and everything floats in a continuum of space. Nothing relates to scale, the limits could be as far away as they could be near. Walls with earthly sides – slightly humid and smooth to touch – smell of dirt primal to our instincts. Their thickness and porousness absorbs all sound, which dampens in the distance. The sound of footsteps gently fading away, the silence is surreal, and virtually perfect. With a warm and embracing temperature, a swift cool breeze – which direction could never be discovered – causes an unexpected shiver. Suddenly the walls come closing in. They become unsettling; somewhat terrifying. In all this darkness the only light falls from above, inviting the eye upwards. A source of light so bright, so pure, the urge to gaze cannot be controlled. Arrested by this incredible moment, time does not exist. No one knows how long he wanders the space. Only complete surrender remains.
 
Against the backdrop of today’s busy society, this space offers room space to draw oneself back and simply be. Without any connection that relates to time or society’s rush, the only thing that remains is to dwell in the now. This proposal is a celebration of the beauty of being in the moment, an experience of clarity and serenity. Within SkyCity’s everyday working life, being in the now offers an escape. It makes one realize that the present is all there is and that joy arises from within.
 
The power of now explained
We live in the age of distraction, where we dwell on intrusive thoughts and memories. But however distracted we may be, scientists dictate we are actually the happiest when we pay attention to the present. When we are aware of our experiences in the now and focus on just being. This is also called ‘living in the moment’ and refers to a state of mind that is active, open and attentive.
When we know how important living in the moment is, the question is how. Psychologist at Harvard and author of Mindfulness says: “When people are not in the moment, they’re not there to know that they’re not there.” We should awaken to the experience and just live it. How to make this possible is by overriding the distraction reflex and awaken to the present. With the space STUDIO44X designed for SkyCity we offer a helping hand in the right direction.
 
It starts by creating an out of the everyday experience and a sense of wonderment. This helps to distract the mind from the things it was worrying about and be occupied with the now. Once you enter the space, you step outside of the ordinary and into an unreal environment. This is a way to be brought into contact with more fundamental things, things that are much greater, deeper, and more mysterious than ordinary life. You forget about all the worries you had and for a moment you are just there. Space could have that influence on you. Further, everything is designed to stimulate all the senses in a pure way. The pure design without ornaments makes matters like light, darkness, height, smell and touch present in a way you do not often encounter. This space is about the fundaments, it is about feeling.
 
Design for the senses
- Hearing: sound does not resonate because of the thick absorbing rammed earth walls, this creates an unreal experience, because we are used to the fact that the sounds we produce come back to us.
- Touch: the rammed earth walls are slightly humid and smooth to touch. Inviting because of their texture and at the same time scary because of their large dimension.
- Sight: the sight is endless and there is nothing that relates to scale. Mirrors on the floor reflect the continuous walls around which make it look like you are in an endless dome.
- Smell: the smell of dirt from the rammed earth walls is primal to our instincts and gives you the feeling of something fundamental.
- Temperature: the room has a warm and embracing temperature. However from time to time visitors feel a swift cool breeze, from a direction that could never be discovered. This causes an unexpected shiver.
- Light/darkness: the dark walls are in contrast with the bright ceiling, which makes you look upwards.
By enticing all the senses in an unusual way, your brain maintains to be occupied and is unable to think of anything other than space. You experience the powerful event of being truly in the now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hyper Tube Concept
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0176    [ UKRAINE  ]
Anna  Badera / Vitalii Vashchenko / Olha Niestierkova / Daria Bahinian / Valentin Neklesov 
 
YPER TUBE CONCEPT
The education nowadays needs absolutely different methods. First of all it is oriented on self research and on the skill of analysing. So the main strategy of education should be flexible and focus on the student’s independent activity, the organization of self-learning environments and experimental and practical training, where students have a choice of actions and can use initiative…
 
 
 
 
 
HYPER TUBE CONCEPT
 
The education nowadays needs absolutely different methods. First of all it is oriented on self research and on the skill of analysing. So the main strategy of education should be flexible and focus on the student’s independent activity, the organization of self-learning environments and experimental and practical training, where students have a choice of actions and can use initiative.
The Sky City tower has a great possibility to arrange a space for self-education and cultural base of the region. The education consist of eight main categories that influence on the personality. Each category can be provided through different tools: lectures, communication, discussions, films, master classes, workshops and practice. All of this activities can be done in the free space of towers’ courtyard and interact with the future inhabitants.
The concept of this project uses the area of courtyard as a scene for new type of free education with emphasis on art. We strongly believe that there should be place for traditional chinese craft studying. There are a lot of researches about positive influence of hand crafts on the brain, so making art develop the person even more than just reading. Studying traditional crafts can also help citizens understand history and cultural of the past centuries and create something unique for the modern world.
Inside the courtyard will be placed 36 colourful tubes with base diameter 2,6 meter. The original walls and decorations of courtyard will be changed minimal. Nine different glass boxes for different education purposes intersect with tubes. There are glass corridor that connect boxes. On the first floor there is a zone for yoga with grass and stones. All the glass boxes has colourful interior due to the colour of tubes. There are different functions in the boxes: classes, craft studios, lectures and etc with transparent plastic furniture. So future inhabitants will have their traditional craft classes in the extra modern interior.
The concept of the project provides the organization the program ‘Design your own education’. Each person can choose the field in which he or she wants to develop. Than there are a range of possible boxes, where person can choose an equipment and invite teacher/master to develop in the field that was chosen. One box is used for arts and craft arts and there is also a flexible exhibition place for students, teachers and artist from all over the world. Such unique place will help to remember and find path to Chinese traditional arts and develop it in the modern world.
The interior looks like interior of spaceship and it is the best style for education areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S0181
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0181    [ INDIA ]  
Simon George Cherian / Azil Mohammed TP / Ajinkya Jamadar / Garima Aagarwal / Saniya Malhotra 
 
Skycity
“Leave the world be, conquering the world and changing it, I do not think it can succeed”- lao tze
We as Humans are progressing rapidly in all fields and yet our satisfaction rate is at an all time low. We lack time even with the time saving technology that we use constantly. What we don’t realize is that time is something that can never be saved, only used, either foolishly or wisely. We keep chasing the concept of how things should be, and forget to live in what is happening……
 
 
 
 
 
 
Skycity
“Leave the world be, conquering the world and changing it, I do not think it can succeed”- lao tze
We as Humans are progressing rapidly in all fields and yet our satisfaction rate is at an all time low. We lack time even with the time saving technology that we use constantly. What we don’t realize is that time is something that can never be saved, only used, either foolishly or wisely. We keep chasing the concept of how things should be, and forget to live in what is happening.
 
Taoism was the indigenous lifeway of the people of ancient china, which aimed at grounding people in the living reality of nature, living a simple, balanced life in harmony with it rather than interfering in the natural course of events. It refers to a state of being where our actions are effortlessly aligned with the flow of the world.  Wu wei is an important element of Taoism, which means ‘without doing, causing or making’. It doesn’t refer to not doing anything, but it refers to not interfering with nature’s way, of not letting the idea of what should be take away from what is happening.
There are 5 flow states which help us achieve this state of wu wei. They are Play, Pause, Reflect, Exchange and Concentrate. The beauty of these is that we can interpret and incorporate them any way we want to, and we have created a space which gives the users to do the same.
The best way to understand Taoism is to look at nature, and learn from it. Imagine water flowing over and around the rocks in its path, not mechanically, not finding short cuts, not forcing itself, just flowing. Imagine a field of wildflowers, just growing, not hurrying yet accomplishing what they have to. That is what nature is, growing in whatever circumstance it is given. In nature, a place with no time saving devices, werealise that actually have time enough for everything.
 ‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished’
By encompassing the essence of nature in this courtyard, and how it exists on its own, in harmony with everything, we have tried to create a peaceful haven along the principles of Taoism. We have aimed to design a place where you can free yourself from the constant planning of everyday life and just be present completely, just like you would be when you go out to take a stroll amidst nature. All of us need to learn how to consciously be in non-action, and to allow the universe to work it’s magic. We have aimed at the provision of such a place, taking inspiration from the traditional tea houses in china, where you can sit and relax all day, do exactly what you feel like, and let the flow of time engulf you.
The ambience thus created, will instill a sense of stillness and calm into the visitors.The space will seem to be living, like nature, just existing, effortlessly, without doing anything. This will further advocate living instinctively, responding in the moment, and letting change flow. This mindset nurtures a sense of self, as well as empathy and compassion towards others.
Wu wei can be summarized as -‘flows like a water, reflects like a mirror, responds like an echo’ We have attempted to design the courtyard in such a way that all spaces seem to flow into one another,just like the entire natural land all over the world seems to be flowing smoothly into one another, always connected; the people visiting this area will be able to reflect what is inside them, encouraged by the naturality around them, and people will respond to the design just like they respond to nature in  the form of their actions/ reactions. The aim is to create a state of mind, and to not just convey a message.
 
On the ground floor we have semi open spaces, with varying ambiences. Some areas are quieter and more work oriented like the reading area and workspace near the entry. The raised platform can be used a  stage on special occasions and otherwise serves as an area for group activities.
A more cheerful area, with a park-like vibe, stands at the entry. There is rock and rope climbing screen, in order to engage the children, almost as if they were climbing up trees.
 Under the staircase leading to the tea house, there is a water body. You can dip your feet into the water and sit, or relax beside as if it’s a lake.
The first floor is the tea house. It can be loosely divided into 2 sections, one with chairs and tables, where people can sit for the little time they have before they leave for work and the other where you can sit on the carpeted floor with low tables and relax for hours at end. This communal space can be made even livelier with the use of musical instruments like guitars and flutes provided there.
Detached from all this, on the second floor a calmer and more personal space has been created. You can meditate on this top floor like you would on a mountain top, or practice yoga in the peaceful environment on early mornings.
All these spaces together combine to form the area you would go to, when you want to be in nature. We have attempted to bring this feeling right outside your doorstep!
                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                
 
 
 
 
 
 
Noosphere
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0254   [ UKRAINE ]
Tetiana Korchebna / Ihor Zhuravel 
 
Our topic is the theory of the noosphere. Noosphere is a possible new higher phase of biosphere evolution, which formation is thoroughly concerned with the evolution of human society that has a strong influence on natural processes.   According to ukrainian scientist V.I. Vernadsky, «there is a great geological or, maybe, cosmic force in biosphere, the planetary influence of which isn’t usually taken into consideration when talking about cosmic conception… This force is the mind of human being, his or her rightly directed and organized will as a social creature»…..
 
 
 
 
 
Our topic is the theory of the noosphere. Noosphere is a possible new higher phase of biosphere evolution, which formation is thoroughly concerned with the evolution of human society that has a strong influence on natural processes.   According to ukrainian scientist V.I. Vernadsky, «there is a great geological or, maybe, cosmic force in biosphere, the planetary influence of which isn’t usually taken into consideration when talking about cosmic conception… This force is the mind of human being, his or her rightly directed and organized will as a social creature».
 
We have reflected this theory in our project proposal. Description of the conception and the decisions is given in the table of levels.
 
Level
Topic
Description
Level 1
Microscopic organisms
Totally darkness, LED garlands and spheres, lava lamps. Two spirals, one for pedestrians, another for rollers and cyclers. The spirals don’t intersect. The lighting of spirals in on the level of legs. Pedestrians can observe cyclers and rollers from their spiral or from the above area. All setting imitates the cell structure. People can feel themselves diminished to microcosmic dimensions.
Level 2
Octopuses and jellyfishes
Installations of Ursula and kraken, octopus-shaped merry-go-round. Transparent figures looking like moon jellyfish. Sittings in the form of stones and starfish. Setting imitates being under the water.
Level 3
Mollusks with shell
Communication locations in the form of mollusk shells. Soap bubble machines in the form of corals. Setting imitates being under the water.  
Level 4
Crabs
Cancroids (crab) farm, installation of Sebastian the crab. Plywood figures of crabs like a reference to crab migration on Christmas Island. Installation of glass spheres. Soap bubble machines in the form of corals. Setting imitates being under the water.
Level 5
Fishes
Fish farm, tales of the whales, flippers of the sharks. Sittings in the form of rings on the water. Installation of Ariel the mermaid and the fish shoal. Setting imitates being under the water.
Level 6
Butterflies and spiders
The net for lying and walking. Wooden figures of spiders suggest the idea that that is not simply the net but the spider web.  
Level 7
Dinosaurs
Plywood figures of the dinosaurs. Brachiosaurus-shape slide. Sittings in the form of egg laying.
Level 8
Snakes
Spirals rising from the wooden floor give a reference to snake hoops. Ones can be used for sitting and lying. Also there is a trolley. Cause its ropes like stretched snakes. There is an installation in the form of giant anacondas on the ceiling.
Level 9
Birds
Tree with the swing on the branches. Installation in the form of birds flock. Wooden hills on the floor as a place for rest. Intimation to the paradise garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Level 10
Wild animals 
Forrest on the form of installation of the cubes with deers (the level below) and birds (the level above). Artificial waterfall. The lanterns in the form of clouds of the cotton wool.
Level 11
Cave people 
Communication locations look like caves. Installation in the form natural landscape with the river. The lanterns in the form of clouds of the cotton wool. Setting is the reference to the outset of humanity.
Level 12
Ancient people
Communication locations look like wigwams of Native Americans. Installation in the form natural landscape with the river. The lanterns in the form of clouds of the cotton wool. Setting is the reference to the fact that human evolution is still going on.
Level 13
Agriculture
True little rice fields as a great step forward in human evolution. Plywood installation with the silhouette of the girl and maple leaves that symbolize the beauty of the labor.
Level 14
Animal husbandry
Spiral for pedestrians. There are platforms with the animals – hens, goats, rabbits – inside the spiral. Its mini-farm. 3D-puzzles of horses, cats, dogs, swines, rabbits, hens, ships, donkeys. The floor is covered by natural lawn.
Level 15
Contemporaneity
Installation in the form of landscape with the river. Pots of flowers. Communication locations look like the cottages with sloped roof.
Level 16
High technologies and spirituality 
Installation in the form of landscape with the river. On one bank there is a wooden floor, on another one there is natural lawn. On the first bank communication places look like futuristic buildings and have the elevators. The figures of bionic human being. On the second bank there are grass and hammocks for aerial yoga.  Setting is the reference to the struggle between this ways of life – what of them will win? High technologies or spirituality? Who is the wan of the future? Or the fight is meaningless and the person of future will present him or herself the symbiosis of technologies and spirituality?
Level 17
Space
Totally darkness, LED garlands and spheres. Two spirals, one for pedestrians, another for rollers and cyclers. The spirals don’t intersect. The lighting of spirals in on the level of legs. Pedestrians can observe cyclers and rollers from their spiral or from the above area. All setting imitates the cell structure. People can feel themselves enlarged to the outer space dimensions. Setting means that large and small things are both endless in their nature. Large things include small ones and small things include large ones. All of us are the part of something greater and some large composite being at the same time. At the end of all we will return to cosmic source from which we arrived. Or we have already been there.
 
The setting of all levels is designed for active interaction with people and carries an educational function for children as a natural-dimensioned biological manual. Anyone can observe farms and vegetable gardens and take his active part in their support and eating the harvest. Main part of the installations is intended to be made of plywood and wood. Also there intended to be water installations – waterfall on level 10 and «rivers» on some other levels. So each level has its own theme and nature, every person can find the level for his or her spirits and taste.
 
Topic «Lifestyle»
 
 
 
 
 
Eyes Open … Where Am I?
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0431     [ RUSSIA ]
Anastasia Starostina 
 
Eyes open …
Where am i ?
Welcome to the virtual world!
lights off and loud music … People united by one objetive, gathered here to determine the winner in the decisive battle for victory. At stake is the worldwide recognition and an untold wealth. Rivalry and team spirit. Passion and excitement…
 
 
 
 
 
Eyes open …
Where am i ?
Welcome to the virtual world!
lights off and loud music … People united by one objetive, gathered here to determine the winner in the decisive battle for victory. At stake is the worldwide recognition and an untold wealth. Rivalry and team spirit. Passion and excitement.
You are the hero of a new era.
Now everything is in your hands.
 
Today, the sports industry, entertainment, show business and computer technology are developing at an incredible pace. In junction with these different components of modern culture, a new trendy and an unusually promising phenomenon appeared-e-sports.
Cybersport is a competition in a virtual space where the game is the interaction of control objects, providing equal conditions for a person to compete with another, or against a team. In simple words, this is really serious competition in videogames.. Among the most popular kibersportivnyh disciplines – three-dimensional shooters, simulating the battle between the teams of players in modern or fantastic weapons, simulators of sports games; real-time strategy and team role-playing games with tactical and strategic game elements. Computer games in our time are an integral part of many young people’s lives. Schoolchildren, students and even quite adult, held people who have a regular job, like to play computer games. Such a sport makes it possible to train the mind and the ability to adequately lose and win. Cybersport is considered an intellectual activity, where one must think. it is very important to be able to calculate combinations, think through moves and feel rivals. Only in this case you can win. Electronic sports industry is very democratic. Everyone competes here regardless of gender, age, physical condition, religion and social status, from amateurs to professionals who take part in international tournaments.
This sport is not just games on computers and competition between a group of enthusiasts. This is a modern world of digital entertainment located at the junction of traditional sports, the computer and media industries. What will this world be like? How quickly it will develop and what will it give for human development? All this depends only on our efforts now.
Computer sports continues to conquer new heights in society, luring more and more supporters into their networks. The world audience of e-sports has already exceeded 230 million people, which is quite comparable with the audience of other sports, and annually it grows by 10-20 percent. If we talk about financial indicators, according to the forecasts of analytical companies, revenues in e-sports for 2017 will amount to 696 million dollars. It is planned that by 2020 the companies’ investments in e-sports will double, so that the total industry income will grow to $ 1.5 billion. It is no wonder that such an audience attracts more and more large companies and not only from the IT sphere, interested in promoting their brands among young people who are quite well-off and interested in modern technologies.
 Cybersport in China is a new trend, which is rapidly gaining momentum. China is famous for its cybersport achievements and love for e-sports, which in this country was recognized as the official sport in 2003. Now in China, there are leagues, theme parks and schools for training players. Due to the increasing importance of e-sports in China’s life, it becomes inevitable that platforms for the development and holding of tournaments at the professional and amateur level will be created for computer games.
 
 
This atrium was divided into 4 main zones for human activity.
At the first level is a lecture hall, which can be used for different purposes. For example, to conduct any lectures, to broadcast games or simply to arrange screenings. Also at the first level is a computer class / Internet cafe for people who do not want to sit alone in their apartments. this space can be used as a training ground for preparing for tournaments.
At the second level is the main part of the atrium-cyberarena for hosting championships and tournaments for e-sports. The arena includes a separate space for match commentators.
Above, on the third level of the atrium, there is a playground for smaller games on game consoles, consoles. In addition, entertainment will be located here with augmented reality, where you can plunge into another world.
This space is accessible to everyone, here people united by one goal can communicate, have fun and just have a good time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Climbing Library
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0438     [ COLOMBIA ]
Dan Gamboa Bohorquez   
 
THE CLIMBING LIBRARY
(an educational playground for kids)
As part of the contest, my first figure out with this building was his new vocation as neighborhood and everything that involves: play, learn, study-places, co-working, farms, religion, etc. Normally, all this places we take it for granted when we’re living on surface but not as a re-think of what means living on heights. Starting on that point, my proposal is starting to reimagine how this new spaces should behave with the new condition of being inside a building, and be at the heights…
 
 
 
 
 
THE CLIMBING LIBRARY
(an educational playground for kids)
As part of the contest, my first figure out with this building was his new vocation as neighborhood and everything that involves: play, learn, study-places, co-working, farms, religion, etc. Normally, all this places we take it for granted when we’re living on surface but not as a re-think of what means living on heights. Starting on that point, my proposal is starting to reimagine how this new spaces should behave with the new condition of being inside a building, and be at the heights.
So, starting on this new point of design, I’ve decided to create a new playground for the kids, but with the condition of being educational at the same time. That’s why I could imagine the place where the kids can join and study after clases, make his home works and learn in company with other kids of the building: creating community life since child. I made the decision to create a complete three floors climbing wall who is also a library wall, where the kids who wants to took a book, exercises and play at the same time and not just that: as the students grows, he must go higher at the wall, creating a challenge for the kid, year by year.
The project consists of two main parts: active and passive. The active part is the climbing wall, which gives precisely to the blind wall of space, to give it theatrical form before the three floors that surround it. This wall will be designed not only to support the steps and scales, but also, to contain the niches of the books it will house. This wall will be divided into three sections, each one even, following the three floors that surround it and in turn, the three steps of the Chinese educational system before entering the third cycle.
In the first section will be books for primary education. Above, in the next 3.6 meters, is the second section will find books for secondary education or chuzhong. In the third and last section, the highest, are the books for senior secondary education (gaozhong and zhongzhuan), as well as those of the small Zhuanke cycle.
As a passive part we can mention the five reading rooms, light, based on the design of rice paper lamps and bamboo. This is where children can sit down to finish their homework or read books. Each part of the library is independent and will not necessarily have to be climbed to use the reading rooms.
The space will be open, with cross ventilation and free circulation. The idea is to transform it into a space where exercise and education combine in an extra, playful space that generates community life and anecdotes among children as they grow up. It is a unique endowment, as unique as the building itself, which will attract people even from outside the building.
I hope you like my neighborhood life construction proposal for the J57 building and for the P8 community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S0155
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0155    [ INDIA ]
Abu  Faizal 
 
J57 – Skycity
Education –  Theme for the Courtyard
Our proposal focuses on establishing a nationally significant and inspiring space for education, and to create a series of system for- the current and future generations to learnand explore; extending the ways to how learning works for any user.Each different person has his own pattern of learning. A space dedicated to learning should draw the people together yet can contain his learning conditions. Drawn from extensive research into the life of urban people the design seeks to resist pre-script experiences and draw personal meaning to seek motivation, true happiness and to build a character…
 
 
 
 
 
J57 – Skycity
Education –  Theme for the Courtyard
Our proposal focuses on establishing a nationally significant and inspiring space for education, and to create a series of system for- the current and future generations to learnand explore; extending the ways to how learning works for any user.Each different person has his own pattern of learning. A space dedicated to learning should draw the people together yet can contain his learning conditions. Drawn from extensive research into the life of urban people the design seeks to resist pre-script experiences and draw personal meaning to seek motivation, true happiness and to build a character.
Understanding the diverse use of J57, it is essential that the proposal enhance great experiences to various users. Based on the SEVEN AGES OF MAN quoted by William Shakespeare, we analysed user pattern of Five important characters- Teenagers, a working Person, Wise men and a Group of People. Who would  be the maximum users of the space.  
As also said by William Shakespeare, the world is the stage where we all are players or characters. We took the design approach as the screenplay of an individual’s life – capturing user patterns and user experience level at each and every square inch of the courtyard in order to completely synchronise the design output into the life of the user rather being an alien utopian or a mere contemporary interior space. This in result ended us in making scenes for different characters and how each scene reacts or responds to each character and hence giving them the sense of belonging.
Continuing the design process, we followed the users throughout the courtyard and figured the problems that they can possibly face and hence, we are providing a solution through architecture.
A few highlighted problems we sorted in today’s learning spaces, a few ideas which we dealt with are as follows.
 If a space is designed to be extremely flexible- the user gets easily distracted and as a result, their mind seeks to learn in a private space and Vice-versa. And hence, the slogan of our approach-‘The right balance between Me and We’.
The problem in learning context is people tend to focus on learning very small things but things that they will learn in the process but totally forget the big things that they will have to learn in order to find which way it works for them. Deal the Big picture narrow your focus.
Character spaces enhances endurance which keeps the users stay in the moment. It helps the user to understand the big picture that’s lacking virtually, breaking the Canonical Thinking. Learning through observation, learning through respiration, the concept of takingin and giving out.
Dreaming Space gives the user his freedom. Human beings are not designed to ‘standards’ of postures. Each person has his own posture of comfort. Hence, is included a space for a middle aged person who is tired after long hours of work to sleep off reading or a child to fall into dreams learning about his inspiring personality. Be it work or reading, a person will be able to concentrate and will be able to spend long periods if he is comfortable with his position. Also the hunchback position needs a break in the run of life.  
Hallways as collaborative spaces encourages minute –to- minute interactions allowing the users to design their seating arrangements enhancing their creativity and bring up a gathering settled down  with the Impromptu Tables, done without being planned or rehearsed. The spaces are connected starting from the social spaces. Humans are social beings. They tend to spend their time and thus share a great deal of knowledge passing down to generations. More than what is being read we learn better when it is heard. The wise men find enough time to share the lessons and experiences. And a social space at a place of education would turn in the total efficiency of what a thousand books would do.
The multi-activity space that allows semi-private meetings acting  like home spaces with Low level furnitures which allow users to Kneel down (Seiza), a chinese traditional way that can calm the brain down. Advantages also include increase in the blood flow which keeps the users energetic. A meeting where in a person is comfortable in his zone allows him to concentrate better and learn better. Rather than an intensified space where one tends tobe secluded in the surrounding, he will act better in a comfortable zone.
And there is the group of people who always run around engaging themselves in various activities. They have an entire new perspective or, are more like they have various perspectives to various scenes. They don’t follow the systematic routines.  A space that lets in people to be what they are, where they can climb up to find a comfortable seat and a casual position that suits their level of active self.
And thus considering the users and concepts we came up with this masterpiece. To bring in an educational space with a purpose according to each person’s lifestyle and necessity is what is achieved in our design. The pictured scenes depicts the characters and the storyline is well stitched to the frame according to the context.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
icooking
2017 SkyCity Challenge 17
S0201    [ CHINA  ]
Chen Xingren / Fu Yuankun  / Hua Tingyu  / Ma Qingyi  / HanXiao 
 
Sky City is located in China’s first-tier city of Changsha, the eastern part of Changsha city, the location is remote from the center city. There is comfortable environment, but the supporting facilities are not perfect…
 
 
 
 
 
Sky City is located in China’s first-tier city of Changsha, the eastern part of Changsha city, the location is remote from the center city. There is comfortable environment, but the supporting facilities are not perfect.
First of all, after we probably learned about the project, we felt that SkyCity was similar to an idea of the famous architect Le Corbusier’s idea, the vertical city, and this idea instantly raised our interests, “Vertical city” refers to a giant architectural type that can incorporate urban elements like work, life, leisure, medical, education, and so on into one building. The “vertical city” can provide all the city functions to people.
Second, Changsha is the capital of Hunan Province, where would attract many young people from other cities. These young people are far away from their hometowns and may not return home for years. Besides, Modern young people have serious pressure form work and the   generally high cost of living and high rents. If we can provide an environmentally friendly and cheap way of life can alleviate this problem .Moreover, Unit-style residential building separated people so that they would lack of concentrated communication in modern life space. As the residents of big cities, we live in the city of high tech, the  communication between the neighborhood are really rare. And we all know that this indifferent social relationship is unpleasant. There are so many people who work and live in Sky City, where they think is equivalent to their homes. Then we began to think, how to give these young people a satisfied home.
Finally, we also affected by the current “shared” approach, we decided to make a shared kitchen, so that people can make some homely delicious food.
And then we were pleasantly surprised to find that in the area of living area, there are dimensional ecological farms, vegetable gardens, fish ponds, farms and even refineries. Not applicable to any pesticide, where the daily meals are from the side of the land.
Food is the least thing which would affected by the technology industry, because people like to eat. No matter how much science and technology developed, the kind of food would only be more, because people have their own taste and standards.
In the shared kitchen, people can cater an dinner to their friends, have a drink. People who lives here can use the large electric appliance like oven and dishwasher that they cannot afford. People can share the cooking, research new courses .So that people can get more development and cooperation with others.
Since we are a college student in architecture and urban planning, we tend to use the architectural design which we are good at to accomplish this challenge. So we will design the indoor atrium as an outdoor space. And people living in the building can have a different experience as cooking outdoors. In the atrium, We designed a lot of different functions and different shapes of building blocks to form our shared kitchen atrium.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VISIT US
 
 
Feel free to visit Skycity & our community called PLAN8T in BROAD Town. We are open daily -  anytime, because we are co-living & co-working here since 2015. We can meet, talk and we can also show you around. We are located in Changsha, China approx. 1,000 km to the north of Hong Kong.
 
BROAD Town, Changsha, Hunan, China 410138
 
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