A New York-based architecture firm has revealed plans to develop the world’s tallest skyscraper that will hang above the earth from an orbiting asteroid and hopes to construct it over Dubai.
The proposal for the Analemma Tower has been created by Clouds Architecture Office.
According to the architects, “by placing a large asteroid into orbit over earth, a high strength cable can be lowered towards the surface of earth from which a super tall tower can be suspended”.
The designers added: “Since this new tower typology is suspended in the air, it can be constructed anywhere in the world and transported to its final location. The proposal calls for Analemma to be constructed over Dubai, which has proven to be a specialist in tall building construction at one fifth the cost of New York City construction.”
The building would be divided into different sections with business conducted at the lower end of the tower, along with areas for dining, shopping and entertainment. The sleeping quarters are approximately two-third of the way up – right above a garden – while social activities will be conducted in the highest sections.
The size and shape of windows will change with height to account for pressure and temperature differentials, while the amount of daylight would increase by 40 minutes at the top of the tower due to the curvature of the earth.
The tower will get its power from space-based solar panels. Water will be filtered and recycled in a semi-closed loop system, and will be captured from clouds and rainwater.
The project appears far-fetched, but the architects stressed that the tower could become reality in the near future.
They said: “Manipulating asteroids is no longer relegated to science fiction. In 2015 the European Space Agency sparked a new round of investment in asteroid mining concerns by proving with its Rosetta mission that it’s possible to rendezvous and land on a spinning comet.
“NASA has scheduled an asteroid retrieval mission for 2021 which aims to prove the feasibility of capturing and relocating an asteroid.”