The SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge is looking to create an iconic high rise structure for an office tower with state-of-the-art facilities. Working in partnership with the Manipal Executive Education, winning entries will be showcased in their Global Tall Building Studio – Design Workshop in Dubai, where architecture students and in industry leaders collaborate to conceptualise the future of high-rise structures.

The participants are asked to redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations. Submitted projects should also look to studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. The SKYHIVE architecture competition should be treated as a platform that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

Participants are encouraged to explore the latest innovations in technologies in sustainable systems and methods for solving economic, social and cultural problems, through the establishment of new urban and architectural methods. They will need to consider the scarcity of natural resources, as well as the strain on the existing infrastructure, and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

The participants are permitted to choose a hypothetical site (130m x 80m) accessed by roads on two sides both longer and shorter side of the site. The site can be located in a city of their choice and should follow the local municipal rules and regulations. The site’s context and surroundings are to be assumed.

The SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge is an open architecture ideas competition, and as such participants have complete freedom to interpret the brief in the most creative way possible. This competition is looking for projects that have the potential to rewrite the definition of the modern-day skyscraper.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

  • 1st Prize – US $3,000
  • 2nd Prize – US $1,500
  • 3rd Prize – US $500
  • + 6 honourable mentions
  • BB Student Award – US $500
  • BB Green Award – US $500

Global Tall Building Studio – Design Workshop in Dubai

The winning team will have the chance to join the Global Tall Building Studio – Design Workshop in Dubai in Spring 2018 as a participant for free*. In addition Manipal University Dubai School of Design & Architecture also agrees to sponsor a guided tour of the Burj Khalifa for the winning team.

*All expenses like airfare, accommodation, visa if any will have to be borne by the participants.


  • Early Bird Registration: MAY 11 – JUNE 21, 2017
  • Advance Registration: JUNE 22 – SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
  • Last Minute Registration: SEPTEMBER 14 – NOVEMBER 29, 2017
  • Closing date for registration: NOVEMBER 29, 2017
  • Closing date for submission: DECEMBER 20, 2017 (11:59 pm GMT)
  • Announcement of the winners: JANUARY 17, 2018

Download the information related to this competition here.

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