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“Re-imagining the Hoover Dam” was designed as an entry for the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition by Yheu-Shen Chua of the United Kingdom. The competition challenges designers to examine the relationship of the skyscraper with the natural world, the skyscraper with the community, and the skyscraper with the city. Participants are then to design a structure that inhabits both forms of the natural context and architecture to create a parametric form that blends in with the natural world.

The current Hoover Dam encompasses a viewing platform, a bridge, and a gallery that are all scattered around the site. The design proposes to reconfigure all of these elements into one vertical super structure that spans the length of the dam and into the Black Canyon. One of the main intentions is to allow the water from the upstream river to be directly engaged with viewers by allowing the water to run directly through the site by means of a series of containers and then to travel down these containers to be released in the lower river. The structure stands to be as tall as the tallest building in Las Vegas. With the tower proposed to be so tall, there would be a hanging tower over a 700-foot drop that would act as a gallery and an aquarium to the site.

With the three elements, the designer goes into careful examination of each, with how the water will move through the dam, what kind of circulation will occur on the bridge, and how the construction of the tower will be created. The program is very well thought out and well executed through the implementation of water circulation. Taking a step back from the project, the form of the structure is very appealing to the natural world and blends in with the movement of water in a conceptual analysis.

This is relevant to the architecture and interior design of a skyscraper because it stands as a structural component to nature that also serves as a mechanical system which influences the community but the interior space allows one to venture out across normal boundaries to experience a thrilling phenomena safely by means of the tower. The interior may be scattered throughout the structure allowing different spaces to be experienced but it still serves as an interior while one imagines themselves exposed to the elements.



  1. 05 Michele Cowie

    This is a very interesting proposal. Not only is the organic shape appropriate for the natural scenery that is all around, but it seems that this “skyscraper” would provide a more interactive experience for visitors.

  2. The structure is a good visual perception of the continuation of the river flow.

  3. I really appreciate the flowing form of the building and how it is reminiscent of the water which it is trying to contain. I feel that the flowing design of the building is very dramatic, and i enjoy the many functions that this building serves.