eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2009 – Design Contest

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Architecture Competition, New York City, USA

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1st place United States
Team 0628: Kyu Ho Chun, Kenta Fukunishi, JaeYoung Lee

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Location: Journal Square, Jersey City
Project Scope: Structural engineering Architecture
Project Type: High-rise building with transportation hub and reservoir
Due to various human activities and overwhelming usage of natural resources, pollution level drastically increased in 21st century. In the year of 2050, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) declares that it is not safe to breathe in outdoor air without proper filtering aid device. A group of Architects, Engineers, Scientists and Developers started to collaborate to find more desirable solution in contaminated outdoor air condition. The primary solution is called ‘NEO ARC’, the green architecture.

The NEO ARC incorporates mixed-use residential and commercial space with a major transportation hub. It integrates green technologies such as, solar panels that produce electricity, rain water collection that is filtered by plants and soils and then generates oxygen and hydrogen. Hyper performance Facade channels rain water into designated rain water storage, where ultraviolet light filament-powered by thin film photovoltaic on the surface–purifies the water. The façade of the building is a hyper-efficient and rigorous structure that provides thermal mass for insulation and shade for residents. The building typology is a continuous landscape being extruded and responded to an adaptation of the environment. Spaces of the building are generated by the deformed surfaces that play an important role in providing an optimizing shelter for both nature and human beings. In-filled soils and water in the space will filter the rain water and offer the inhabitable ground to people. Purified water is delivered and stored in designated water storage in different level for daily use as well as the water reservoir that located at very bottom of the building. Stored water inside of building not only contributes to the performance of building but also becomes important resources to produce clean air, hydrogen gas and potable water in 2050.

In water storages, water molecules are decomposed into Oxygen and Hydrogen by electrolysis of water. In 2050, petroleum is depleted and Hydrogen technology is expanded to all types of transportation. Decomposed hydrogen from water will be used for public transportation such as train, bus and private cars owned by residents. Moreover, it will be delivered with Oxygen through cavity cable embedded in train tracks to Manhattan. Eventually NEO ARC becomes a lung for the city that provides clean air and resources.

Neo Arc has different level of intensity changes of façade. As the level of intensity increase, spaces behind façade also change from public spaces to private spaces. The scale change of tessellation of triangulation is responded to the intensification of façade as well as major and minor structure, water channeling, and glazing systems. Residential and office space is the most private space where ecological life between people and nature are provided. Cultural space is for the social network and interactions in between neighbors and community members.

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Solar panels and glazing
The facade of NEO ARC is deformed to maximize to receive solar energy with solar panels, reduce inefficient sun light by photo voltaic panels, and transfer the rain water by water channels.

Train Station
NEO ARC is a self-sustain community that provides clean air and water for residents, neighbor districts and interstates by major transportations, such as trains and buses. Thus, as an infrastructure, the transportation hub transfers not only humans but natural resources.

Cross Section
Purified water is delivered and stored in designated water storage in different level for daily use as well as the water reservoir that located at very bottom of the building. Stored water inside of building not only contributes to the performance of building but also becomes important resources to produce clean air, hydrogen gas and potable water in 2050. In water storages, water molecules are decomposed into Oxygen and Hydrogen by electrolysis of water.
In 2050, petroleum is depleted and Hydrogen technology is expanded to all types of transportation. Decomposed hydrogen from water will be used for public transportation such as train, bus which has station at ground level of building and private cars owned by residents. Moreover, it will be delivered with Oxygen through cavity cable embedded in train tracks to Manhattan. Eventually NEO ARC becomes a lung for the city that provides clean air and resources.

Sky Pool
With a usage of recycling the acid rain water being collected, filtered and purified, the swimming pool maintains pure and clean and addresses NEO ARC community members have an opportunity to have a fellowship with workers and neighborhood in order to create a new social network system. The water in the swimming pool naturally controls the temperature and degree of humidity of NEO ARC instead of using a manufactured weather condition like an air conditioner.

Football Field
The football field is an indoor green park. In every season, residents and neighborhood communities are able to enjoy any kinds of field sports. With a local bus stop next to the park, neighbors who live in farther location easily come there and enter the NEO ARC. The football field plays an important role in inviting more diversity people in the NEO ARC.

Circulation
Attached on the façade, the sky circulation, elevators, are run by renewable fuel, solar energy, restored on the façade solar panels.
Since tracks of Elevators coincide with Facade pattern, lighting from elevators at night will keep tracing the structural patterns of NEO ARC.

Transportation Hub
This hub is a place where the nature and humans are interacting with each other in NEO ARC. It is called ‘Hybrid Architecture’. The collected rain water is circulating the building to produce efficient heating and cooling in the seasonal changes and it is also transferred to the reservoir for beverages and water sports.

Co-existence with Nature
To occupy the interior space that has extreme slope of surface, space is filled with soil that also has performative filtering function. And by doing so, nature and artificial space coexist in NEO ARC.
These spaces include the following components:
A waterproof membrane (keeps the water out)
A root barrier (to keep roots from damaging the membrane)
Thermal insulation (to insulate both plants and the building)
A drainage system (to keep excess water off the roof)

Water café
Stored rain water in NEO ARC is used for providing an artificial water park for residents and community neighbors. This hybrid architecture, existing both nature and human beings, introduces the futuristic building in 50 years.

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eVolo – 2009 Skyscraper Competition Winners

1st place United States
Team 0628: Kyu Ho Chun, Kenta Fukunishi, JaeYoung Lee

2nd place France
Team 0316: Nicola Marchi, Adelaïde Marchi, Federico Kraus, Chen Xi,
Emiko Boun Xun

3rd place United States
Team 0564: Eric Vergne

Mention 1 France
Team 068: Sylvie Milosevic

Mention 2 United Kingdom
Team 0114: Stefan Shaw, John Dent

Mention 3 United States
Team 0158: Brian Ahmes, Gregg Hicks, Chad Porter

Mention 4 China
Team 0226: Junkai Jian, Jinqi Huang

Mention 5 Peru
Team 0237: Luis Longhi , Christian Bottger, Carla Tamariz

Mention 6 S. Korea
Team 0244: Park Ju Sin, Lee Min Cheol

Mention 7 United States
Team 0261: Wei Wei, Luping Yuan

Mention 8 United States
Team 0332: Hoi Wang Chan, Blake Perkins

Mention 9 S. Korea
Team 0380: Sung-wook Kim, UF Association

Mention 10 Australia
Team 0395: Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Jerome Frumar

Mention 11 France
Team 0463: Julien Rousseau, Luca Battaglia, Ulisse Gnesda

Mention 12 S. Korea
Team 0496: Jae Kyu Han, Sang Mi Park, Ji Hyun Kim, Woo Young Park,
Kyoung Ho Lee

Mention 13 Germany
Team 0497: Fabrice Henninger, Alexander Dabringhausen

Mention 14 Canada
Team 0545: Steven Ma

Mention 15 United States
Team 0575: Francis Wilmore, Courtney Brinegar, Jennifer Cramer

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