Tower In A Dam Re-Designs Hoover

eVolo Magazine’s Skyscraper Competition seeks out the best and boldest in architectural design, and this year, neither the first nor the second place winners were anything resembling a traditional skyscraper. The trend continues with the competition’s third place choice, the Tower in a Dam re-design of the world-famous Hoover Dam by Yheu-Shen Chua of the United Kingdom.

Currently, public amenities at the Hoover Dam–located on the border between Arizona and Nevada–consist of a viewing platform, a bridge, and a gallery scattered around the site. The Tower in a Dam redesign aims to reconfigure all of these areas by merging them into a single vertical super structure.

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image via eVolo Magazine

The project consists, largely, of a series of containers through which visitors would move in learning about the dam and its history, as well as about the Colorado River. A central feature of the structure is a hanging tower suspended above the 700-foot drop beside the dam into the Black Canyon, which would be used as both a gallery and a vertical aquarium.

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image via eVolo Magazine

The jury of the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper competition was formed by leaders in the fields of architecture and design, who selected 3 winners and 32 honorable mentions from a pool of 715 projects from 95 different countries. More information about the competition is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.