Competition introduction

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SKYHIVE 2021
Skyscraper Challenge

The SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge is the fourth annual architecture competition which searches out the latest and greatest designs for an iconic high-rise structure. Participants of the SKYHIVE Challenge are tasked with creating a concept for a state-of-the-art tower that breaks from the norm. 



Participants are encouraged to incorporate new technologies and materials in their designs, as well as unique aesthetics and spatial organisations. Special consideration is also given to designs that implement innovations in sustainable systems, as well as those that look to solve economic, social, and cultural problems through the establishment of new architectural methods. 

There is no defined competition site, therefore participants are able to select any hypothetical site measuring 130m x 80m which can be accessed by roads on two sides. Design can be set in a city of their choice anywhere in the world, given that the project is in keeping with the region’s skyline and surroundings. 


The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

The annual SKYHIVE Challenge is a platform to examine the relationship between skyscrapers and the natural world, the community, and the rest of the city as a whole. It is important that designs show consideration for the impact on the surrounding environment, as well as how the increase in inhabitants will affect the current infrastructure, pollution levels, economic division, and urban sprawl. 

As an open ideas competition, participants in the SKYHIVE2021 – The Annual Bee Breeders Skyscraper Challenge - are allowed to interpret the competition brief however they choose, in the most creative way possible. The SKYHIVE Challenge is a chance for architecture enthusiasts to potentially rewrite the definition of the modern-day skyscraper.

Download full competition brief for more information! 

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English.

Full competition brief

The full competition brief can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information will be provided after registration.

  • - (!) FULL COMPETITION BRIEF
    • Reglas de la competencia
    • Regras do concurso
    • Regolamento del concorso

Prizes

6,000 €
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
3,000 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
1,500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD (more details)
500 €
+ 50 € ARCHHIVE BOOKS Gift Card 

Publications 
Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
500 €
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages


CERTIFICATE:


Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Jim Bissell

Production Designer, Skyscraper, USA

Thomas Corbasson

Associate Architect, Chartier+Corbasson Architectes, France

Anastasia Elrouss

Founder, ANA-Anastasia Elrouss Architects, Lebanon

Mark Foster Gage

Founder, Mark Foster Gage Architects, USA

Kourosh Salehi

MENA Design Director, LWK + PARTNERS, UAE

Amin Taha

Chairman, GROUPWORK, UK

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time.


All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected] 

 

Find the extended list of jury panel biographies here!

 

Key dates

Closing date for registration

23 April, 2021

Closing date for project submission

28 May, 2021 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

09 July, 2021

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    30 January - 23 April
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    100 €
  • Students
    80 €
+21% VAT

STUDENT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Contact us to receive special student rates for group registrations (discount applies for 3+ registrations from one university/school) and to receive further information and support for getting your students involved in architecture competitions. Send us request from your university email address along with basic information about yourself and your university/school. Please note that only recognized university staff can apply for the reduced student rate.

 

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F.A.Q.

Competition related questions

This project has no set budget.
No specific site has been selected for this competition. Choose a site from the list (available for download above) of top testing sites for the world’s strongest nuclear weapons.
As the site can be located in a city of participants choice the designs should follow the local municipal rules and regulations, however the aim of this competition is to redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations therefore some of the local building rules can be ignored if a rational justification for it is provided.
You may submit a previously published design concept as long as you are the author and the project presentation materials are original and have not been published before.
As it is explained in the competition brief - for this competition participants are required to upload one A2 presentation panel. Presentation deliverables set listed in the competition brief is a suggestion only. Participants are not required to present the entire list. Please choose only the most essential information set that would explain your design in the most efficient manner.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Student award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
Yes. If the jury panel selects a Green award's submission for the top 3, it will automatically be awarded both prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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