From the mastermind designers that created the concepts behind a Mars house and a Cloud city, Clouds Architecture Office wants to built a skyscraper suspended from an orbiting asteroid and hang down 50 000 kilometres above the Earth. Mind blown.
The Analemma would travel in a 24-hour cycle over the northern and southern hemispheres, so expect to see the futuristic high rise hovering over major cities such as New York, Havanna, Panama City and Atlanta. The tower’s position in the sky outlines a path in a figure-eight form, returning the tower to exactly the same position in the sky each day.
The proposal calls for the skyscraper to first be constructed over Dubai since it’s the city that has proven to be a specialist in tall building construction. According to the Clouds AO designers the tower can be constructed anywhere in the world and be transported to its final location.
The tower would be powered by solar panels and use recycled water. Although the plans doesn’t exactly explain how people would get on and off the building, one illustration seems to show people parachuting from the tower to the ground.
Analemma’s design will use a system called the Universal Orbital Support System, which attaches a high strength cable to an asteroid that is lowered to Earth and then attached to the tower.
The idea isn’t completely preposterous, thanks to the European Space Agency. In 2015, they 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 the asteroid.
Watch this space.
Source: Clouds Architecture Office