A sunken Central Park bordered by mirrors has taken out the top prize in a prestigious architecture competition.

The eVolo Magazine 2016 Skyscraper Competition invited architects from all over the world to submit their unique designs for the skyscrapers of the future.

This year's winner was a re-imaging of Central Park as a 1.3-sq mile sunken expanse of mountains and lakes. Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu's award-winning New York Horizon project proposes digging down to the park's bedrock while creating continuous horizontal skyscraper around it to allow homes with unobstructed views of the park.

Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu's award-winning New York Horizon project. Photo / Evolo.com
Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu's award-winning New York Horizon project. Photo / Evolo.com

Inside, the park's high perimeter would mirrored glass, reflecting the city's architecture.

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The eVolo awards were established in 2006 to recognise "outstanding ideas for vertical living".

Since then, the publication has received more than 6000 projects that use technology, materials, designs and space in novel and challenging ways to question how "we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments."

Winners are selected for their "creativity, ingenuity, and understanding of dynamic and adaptive vertical communities."

- Daily Mail, nzherald.co.nz