American architectural firm Cloud Architecture Office has plans to develop a futuristic skyscraper that is literally out of the world. The skyscraper will be suspended upside down from an asteroid orbiting 50,000 km in the air, with the structure’s lowest point hanging out at an elevation of 3,500 meters. World’s first floating skyscraper, the Analemma tower, introduced in February, will be powered by space-based solar panels and fresh water provided by condensation by clouds and rain. The filtration and recycling of the water will take place in a semi-closed loop system.
The New York-based firm has previously made the news for its incredible plans for a Mars house and a cloud city. Suspended from the asteroid by strong cables, the latest project will be, quite literally, otherworldly, following a geo-synchronized orbit by tracing a figure eight pattern over the northern and southern hemispheres once everyday. This eccentric orbit would allow it to slow down while passing over New York City, where residents would parachute down to work as the orbit slows.
The floating skyscraper would be divided into a business area at the bottom, a residential area in the middle and a worship area towards the top. At the apex of the tower would be a space for burials, while the bottom houses surface transfer points. Analemma will be suspended from a space-based supporting foundation system referred to as the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS), which is based on the principles of a conventional space elevator.
More than just any ordinary skyscraper, the Analemma tower will be an incredible feat of engineering, hanging upside down to reach a height nearly 3,000 meters more than the Burj Khalifa. The lengthy tower will be suspended by a high-strength cable, lowered from a large asteroid placed into orbit over earth towards its surface. The tower can be constructed anywhere in the world and transported to its final destination. Construction of the Analemma tower would take place in Dubai, which has a proven record of building tall structures at one-fifth the cost of New York City. The skyscraper will be so tall that, at its highest point, there would be an extra 42 minutes of sunlight every day.
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