himalayawatertowerchina Every now and again we go a little skyscraper nuts at BuzzBuzzHome.

Whether doting on Saudi Arabia’s plans for their Kingdom Tower or marvelling at Azerbaijan’s contender for tallest tower in the world, we can’t help but go gaga over new super tall high-rise designs.

One of our favourite showcases of forward-thinking design is eVolo Magazine’s annual Skyscraper Competition. The globe spanning competition takes entries from a diverse group of architects and rewards entries based on integration of new technologies and materials and use of novel aesthetics and spatial organizations.

The winners of the 2012 contest were just announced. Let’s have a look!

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Third place: The Monument to Civilization by Lin Yu-Ta and Anne Schmidt

From eVolo’s description: “The Monument of Civilization proposal suggests locating trash vertically in a tower and using the energy generated from its decomposition to help power the surrounding city. By locating the tower in the heart of the city, energy is provided in immediate proximity, and money is also saved in transportation costs when garbage no longer needs to be shipped out of town.”

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Second Place: The Mountain Band Aid by Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia and Zihan Wang

From eVolo’s description: “The “Mountain Band-Aid” project seeks to simultaneously restore the displaced Hmong mountain people to their homes and work as it restores the mountain ecology of the Yunnan mountain range. The outer layer is a skyscraper that is built into and stretched across the mountain. By building the structure into, and as part of, the mountain, the skyscraper helps the Hmong people recover their original lifestyle. It is organized internally by the villagers to replicate the traditional village design they utilized before they were displaced.”

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First Place: The Himalaya Water Tower by Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao and Dongbai Song

From eVolo’s description: “The “Himalaya Water Tower” is a skyscraper located high in the mountain range that serves to store water and helps regulate its dispersal to the land below as the mountains’ natural supplies dry up. The skyscraper, which can be replicated en masse, will collect water in the rainy season, purify it, freeze it into ice and store it for future use.”

Amazing stuff, right? We’re not sure what we’re more excited for — seeing next year’s winners or actually watching some of these incredible structures get built.

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