University tower design bags prize

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A QUIRKY skyscraper designed by a team of Sheffield University students has scooped the runner-up prize in a national architecture competition.

The team beat off stiff competition from 90 others to be shortlisted in the ISOVER Multi-Comfort Skyscraper Design Competition, thanks to their design of a 60-storey environmentally-friendly skyscraper.

The theme was to take a creative approach to the concept of energy efficient construction for high-rise buildings by designing a multiple-use tower to be located in Lower Manhattan, New York.

The team, made up of Ali Kashkooli, Katarina Rozvadska and Blazej Zemleduch, had to produce a design that took into account both social and economic aspects, as well as construction considerations.

The tower itself had to include student accommodation, offices, residential apartments and a fashion hotel, which featured hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, showrooms and fashion show facilities.

The students’ design aimed to be both contemporary and creative, by fitting in with surrounding landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty.