Twenty-seven Captivating Skyscrapers From The Future

Twenty-seven Captivating Skyscrapers From The Future

It takes a lot of courage to imagine building a buoyant skyscraper that rebuilds the arctic ice caps or a structure that shifts your living-scape from the ground to the skies, literally. The future of our living quarters depends a lot upon how we treat our resources today. Going by these Twenty-seven Captivating Skyscrapers (3 award-winning and 24 honorable mentions), looks like we still need to do a lot for our mother earth. Have a look at some really creative, ingenious and dynamic vertical communities, seen through the eyes of eVolo

0 Designers: Various

Big Dreams in a Small House

Big Dreams in a Small House

One look at the interior of this mountain lodge and you’d never know that it’s a mere 538 square feet. Using material continuations, like the raw barn-wood floor that extends upwards to the wall at random sections, the space appears larger while maintaining that warm,cozy lodge vibe. Extra tall ceilings and lots of carefully placed windows add to this openness while providing perfect views of the contrasting wild terrain.

0 Designer: Igor Sirotov

Urban Microarchitecture

Urban Microarchitecture

The latest from IN-TENTA, this urban architectural installation called ALL-IN-SQUARE appears to be hand created just for the unique waterfront space where it lives, but in actuality it’s composed of simple, moveable modular elements including granite benches, metal “cocoon” seats, soft lighting, bike stands, granite floor coverings and square pop-ups for shelter, shade or use as a kiosk. Everything a common ground needs for a custom aesthetic, but with less expense and more efficiency.

0 Designer: IN-TENTA

Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

This temporary mobile housing design aims to provide readily available shelter to those affected by a variety emergencies and disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and fires. Structurally, the unit is composed almost entirely of compressed oriented strand board, making it lightweight and easy to construct. Transportable as a small cube, the design can be set and expanded by lowering one side to create a separate section for sleeping quarters.

0 Designer: Michel Antoun Zateef

This Ain't No Holiday Inn

This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

Instead of letting hotels dictate where you vacation, why not make the hotel go where you want?! The latest in a trend of micoarchitecture, DROP is a moveable suite suitable for being placed wherever the heart desires (and land permits). The design is slightly elevated to avoid contact with the soil so as not to interfere with the environment when it’s removed. Spherical transparencies on either end can be positioned to face the most desirable views while bringing guests into direct contact with nature.

0 Designer: IN-TENTA

Chapel of Simplicity

Chapel of Simplicity

When we hear the word “chapel,” we imagine a grandiose, highly stylized structures with heavy symbolism throughout. The Saint Francis Chapel is easily considered the antithesis to the ubiquitous design. Reduced to just the structural components, this small, concrete chapel is void of symbolism and distracting over-styling, making it essentially just a room for contemplation. Upon completing their reflections, visitors can ring a bell (the most complex element of the chamber) to conclude their experience.

0 Designer: Rafael Hintersteiner

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

Home Sweet Cube 2.0

We recently featured Justin Chong’s charming, super-minimal Cube home… well he’s back with an alternative version that reworks the usable space to accommodate more storage, sleeping room, a full bathroom and even a laundry area fit with a compact clothes washer/dryer combo! The other design was a lil dark so the most significant addition is built-in, ultra-thin LED lighting accents in inconspicuous places like under the stairs or kitchen shelving.

0 Designer: Justin Chong

Home Sweet Cube

Home Sweet Cube

This minimal design by Justin Chong packs everything you need in one 3 meter x 3 meter space! The Cube home features a thoughtfully placed bathroom with a water saving shower and toilet, kitchen with an induction stove and small fridge, eating area for 4, bed for 2 and even a little storage to spare. Polished wood detail, sharp lines and a large skylight give openness and warmth to the otherwise stark space. Gotta love those stairs to the loft bed!

0 Designer: Justin Chong

Twisted House

Twisted House

Today is my birthday – so if anyone is looking for any last minute gifts… this house will do! Haus am Weinberg, located in rural Stuttgart, Germany, is a modern villa designed with a literal twist in mind. The inner circulation of the structure supports an elegant staircase to which the rest of the house revolves. Fluid curves and diagonal movements can be found at each turn; a stark contrast to the stepped terraces and ancient hillside vineyard outside.

0 Designer: UNStudio

Urban Escape

Urban Escape

Lysning urban park proposal by Norwegian design firms Space Group & Superunion will be a modern public hub in the midst of a historical waterfront district in Sandnes, Norway. An architectural ring provides relief from sun & rain, & connects the various public spaces of the interior, including a water fountain area for cooling off, skate park, running track & plenty of gardens, foliage & grass for laying about. Inspired by NYC’s Central Park, the center also aims to be a space for community events & celebrations.

0 Designers: Space Group / Superunion

Stratified Structure

Stratified Structure

The Innovation Tower dissolves the classic typology of the tower and podium into a seamless, fluid and visually stimulating structure that reflects the diversity and layered urbanism of Hong Kong. As a driving force in the development of the city as a design hub in Asia, the tower will accommodate more than 1500 students of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and will serve as the home of the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation on some 129167 square feet. Hit the jump to take a 360 tour!

0 Designer: Zaha Hadid

Self-Sustained Smart Structure

Self-Sustained Smart Structure

Villa Sera is a self-sustained structure that harnesses power from solar panels, collects rainwater and uses gray water for plants, creating a microcosm that not only reduces the carbon footprint but contributes to the ecological system. The architecture is structured with steel and glass elements to form a strong, modern and spacious building. Greenhouse sections with innovative heat and air circulation for organic farming and plant growing support biodiversity further extending its self sufficiency.

0 Designer: Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis

Mobile Living With Glam

Mobile Living With Glam

Monohedron is a prefab house that is mobile and suits almost any environment or climate. The idea is to move away from the predictable comfort of a brick and concrete home to something more versatile as this. With the options of adding layers of floors as per needs, the concept of your dream home takes on a whole new meaning. Customized and prefab are two words that don’t usually gel together well, but looks like this mobile home has sort of nailed it.

0 Designer: Andrej Cverha