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A skyscraper turned upside down: Analemma Tower uses asteroid as foundation

Hans-Martin Durst Autor, Hemd & Hoodie

With a top floor suspended at 32,000 meters, the Analemma Tower skyscraper is intended to travel between cities on a daily basis.

If you thought architectural designs like the U-shaped skyscraper The Big Bend or the Cliff House were a little bit out there, you don’t know the Analemma Tower. It would be the tallest construction in the world, but that’s not all: It would also be standing on its head. That’s because its foundation is an asteroid orbiting the Earth, with the tower suspended from a cable construction. That would afford tenants a spectacular view — and what’s more, they could commute automatically between the northern and southern hemispheres every day.

The asteroid orbits the earth in a figure-8 form, meaning the Analemma Tower will follow a trajectory over cities like Havana, Atlanta, Panama City and New York every 24 hours. The residents can then parachute out of the building whenever they want. But they might not need to — after all, the tower contains offices, shops, parks and leisure facilities as well as apartments. Residents on the top floor at 32,000 meters require protection against the vacuum and sub-zero temperatures, which is why their apartments have smaller and thicker windows than those on the bottom floors, but this also means that they can enjoy 45 minutes more sun per day.

Analemma Tower taps into clouds

The power supply system in the Analemma Tower also capitalizes on this fact, since its solar cells are above the clouds and therefore receive sunlight throughout the day. Alongside other applications, the energy produced is used to power facilities such as the electromagnetic elevators, which are not subject to the same height limits as conventional cable-borne elevators. The building’s water supply system is fed by clouds and also includes a reprocessing plant. The New York-based Clouds Architecture Office intends for these ideas to be considered as suggestions for the cities of the future.

The Analemma Tower affords its tenants a spectacular view.
The Analemma Tower affords its tenants a spectacular view. Gif: Cloudsao – Analemm Tower(montage)

The architects stress that while the Analemma Tower is only a concept, the use of asteroids is genuinely viable. As an example of this, they mention the NASA mission to collect asteroids and bring them into orbit close to the Earth. The mission is scheduled for launch as soon as 2021. In all likelihood, it will be physically impossible to create a huge construction of this type — not least because the design fails to address the question of how residents will actually get inside the building. But at least the architects have already considered how to finance it. They say that construction costs in Dubai are five times lower than in New York, and many skyscraper specialists are based there. As the Emirate has already completed a number of other eccentric construction projects, it may one day be interested in building a suspended skyscraper too.

Cover photo: Cloudsao – Analemma Tower(montage)

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