Register: NOV/29/2017, Submit: DEC/20/2017, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (MAY/11 – JUN/21/2017), architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (JUN/22 – SEP/13/2017), architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (SEP/14 – NOV/29/2017); discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD + free admission to Global Tall Building Studio – Design Workshop in Dubai, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, BB Student Award – 500 USD, BB Green Award – 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
The Skyhive Skyscraper Challenge is looking to create an iconic high rise structure for an office tower with state-of-the-art facilities. Winning entries will be showcased in their Global Tall Building Studio Design workshop in Dubai. The location for the workshop is ideal, with Dubai being home of the tallest man-made building on Earth, the Burj Khalifa. The city has a total of 911 completed high-rises, 88 of which stand taller than 180 metres, and 18 of which surpass the 300 metre mark. The Global Tall Building Studio acts as a platform for the world’s future architects to expand their creative thinking, and conceptualise the iconic and revolutionary skyscrapers of tomorrow.
Participants in the skyhive architecture competition are asked to redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. Submitted projects should also look to studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. The skyhive architecture competition should be treated as a platform that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.
Participants are encouraged to explore the latest innovations in technologies in sustainable systems and methods for solving economic, social and cultural problems, through the establishment of new urban and architectural methods. They will need to consider the scarcity of natural resources, as well as the strain on the existing infrastructure, and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.
The skyhive is an open architecture ideas competition, and as such participants have complete freedom to interpret the brief in the most creative way possible. This competition is looking for projects that have the potential to rewrite the definition of the modern-day skyscraper.
Participants are suggested to accommodate the following functions, with the main function being an office tower:
- Retail Component: Ground & mezzanine floor, preferable with separate entrance 15,000 sq.m
- Grand Lobby Entrance for Offices
- Food & Beverages Outlet: In form of a food court, designed to have access to visitors as well as offices 5,000 sq.m
- Office Spaces: Area excluding circulation 60,000 sq.m
- Executive Offices: Area excluding circulation 10,000 sq.m
- Designer’s proposed function: Area excluding circulation 20,000 sq.m
- Ancillary facilities like business centre, small size auditorium, spa/health club: Area excluding circulation 10,000 sq.m
- Basement: Parking (1 Car Park every 50 sq.m. + 1 Car Park for 75 sq.m. area of food and bevarages outlet + 1 Car Park for 60 sq.m. of retail area
- Podium Parking: If necessary
The building programme is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies.
The participants are permitted to choose a hypothetical site (130m x 80m) accessed by roads on two sides both longer and shorter side of the site. The site can be located in a city of their choice and should follow the local municipal rules and regulations. The site’s context and surroundings are to be assumed.
- Maximum allowed site density 100%.
- There is no maximum building height defined.
- There is no minimum distance requirement from the road or neighbouring buildings. Participants may place their building/s at the edge of the site boundary if they find it beneficial to their design proposal.
- There are no restrictions for underground construction.