Taking Competition to New Heights: Skyscraper Dangles from an Asteroid

That tongue-in-cheek
‘world’s longest skyscraper’ design
we highlighted last
week seems totally reasonable compared to a new proposal taking
the competition for the world’s tallest structure to absurd
heights: The Analemma Tower
literally dangles a skyscraper from an asteroid. An actual
asteroid, orbiting the Earth. The design is firmly in sci-fi
territory, with the renderings resembling matte paintings made
for ‘70s and ‘80s movies set in space, but the architects offer
details as to how this could actually work.


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Clouds architecture Office envisions a space-based supporting
foundation, noting that NASA has planned a 2021 mission to
capture and redirect an asteroid. Of course, NASA’s budget is
up in the air right now, and who knows what’ll happen to the
United States’ space-related endeavors by then. The asteroid
would be located about 31,000 miles above the Earth’s surface,
with the tower using what the firm calls the Universal Orbital
Support System (UOSS) to hang the multi-use tower via
super-strong cables.


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The portion of the tower that sticks up above the Earth’s
atmosphere will host an extraterrestrial cemetery, with the
three sections below it designated for ‘devotional activities.’
The architects say these portions of the tower wouldn’t be
attractive to live in due to “extreme conditions,” though
they’d benefit from an extra 45 minutes of daylight each day.
The residential area is fairly small in comparison, set just
above the garden and agricultural section, an area for offices
and business activities, and a transfer station with dining,
shopping and entertainment options.


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Analemma would get its power from space-based solar panels,
with water filtered and recycled in a semi-closed loop system
and replenished with condensation captured from clouds and
rain. It could be placed in an orbit allowing it to travel
between the northern and southern hemispheres on a daily loop,
with its slowest trajectory occurring over New York City so
people can get on and off. They go into some detail on these
technicalities on their website.


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“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 feasability of
capturing and relocating an asteroid…”

“Analemma Tower is a proposal for the world’s tallest building
ever. Harnessing the power of planetary design thinking, it
taps into the desire for extreme height, seclusion and constant
mobility. If the recent boom in residential towers proves that
sales price per square foot rises with floor elevation, then
Analemma Tower will command record prices, justifying its high
cost of construction.”

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