Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

Durability + Design (D+D)


D+D News

Main News Page


Asteroid-Tethered Structure Is Ultimate High-Rise

Friday, April 21, 2017

More items for Building Envelope

Comment | More

You would have to buy a spacesuit, because your residence would be at an elevation of 32,000 meters (105,000 feet). Step outside, and you would be in a near-vacuum. The temperature would be about minus-100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Doesn’t exactly sound like ideal living conditions, but a New York architecture firm proposed a design in March that would begin with construction of the world’s tallest building, and then hang it from the sky suspended by air cables—to an asteroid.

Reach for the Sky

Clouds Architecture Office’s Analemma Tower borrows on the concept of a space elevator, which uses an orbiting counterweight tethered to Earth by a long cable that, once built, could provide more affordable access to space.

Clouds Architecture Office

New York architecture firm Clouds Architcture Office proposed a design in March that would begin with construction of the world’s tallest building, and then hang it from the sky suspended by air cables—to an asteroid.

“Analemma inverts the traditional diagram of an earth-based foundation, instead depending on a space-based supporting foundation from which the tower is suspended. This system is referred to as the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS),” CAO said in a statement. “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. 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 cost? Start at “astronomical.” Still, CAO believes the tower would more than recoup construction expenditures. The publicity generated by the project and the fact that it “taps into the desire for extreme height, seclusion and constant mobility” by a more discerning—in other words, “rich”—clientele.

Getting It Off the Ground

CAO would build the 20-mile-high tower in the sky over Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, citing “tall building construction at one-fifth the cost of New York City construction.” The finished tower—business offices and retail space at the lower end of the structure, with sleeping quarters two-thirds of the way up—would be shipped to New York.

The entire system would orbit at the same speed the Earth turns. It could hover over a relatively narrow area instead of zipping around many times per day, like the International Space Station does. The slowest part of the entire trajectory would happen over New York, and the entire trip would take 24 hours. The loop would include passes over the south east coast of the U.S., Cuba, Ecuador and Peru.

Rock and a Hard Place

Of course, there is the not-so-insignificant matter of finding and securing an asteroid.

Clouds Architecture Office

An asteroid would orbit about 30,000 miles above the Earth. Tens of thousands of miles of cable would suspend the apartment complex, which nearly scrape the planet's surface.

According to CAO’s plan, an asteroid will be captured and brought back to orbit Earth. It’s similar to what NASA’s soon-to-be-canceled Asteroid Redirect Mission does.

The giant chunk of floating space rock would orbit about 30,000 miles above the Earth. Tens of thousands of miles of cable would suspend the apartment complex, which nearly scrape the planet's surface.

An extra bonus for sky-dwellers: a 40-minute increase in daylight each day because of the curvature of the Earth.

Clouds Architecture Office realizes living in what might be the ultimate high-rise structure might not be for everyone. Still …

“While researching atmospheric conditions for this project, we realized that there is probably a tangible height limit beyond which people would not tolerate living due to the extreme conditions," CAO admits.“Then again, astronauts have continually occupied the space station for decades, so perhaps it’s not so bad?"

Editor's note: This story was updated at 11 a.m. on Friday (April 21) to correct the elevation measurement.

   

Tagged categories: Aerospace; Design; Design build; Residential contractors

Comment from Joe Chesterfield, (4/21/2017, 3:22 AM)

I think they released the designs on April the 1st


Comment from M. Halliwell, (4/21/2017, 10:54 AM)

No...original article was in Forbes for Mar 29th. Oh, and based on Clouds Architecture's release, it's not 32,000 ft for that first paragraph, it's 32,000 m (105,000 ft). I hope these guys are planning on have a good sized maintenance budget....we've got so much space junk up there now that they'll be fixing cables on a regular basis.


Comment from Brandy Hadden, (4/21/2017, 11:23 AM)

Hello! Thank you for reading closely! The elevation measurement has now been corrected in the text. -- Brandy, D+D


Comment from Alexandra Miecznikowski, (4/21/2017, 1:35 PM)

Guess opening a window would be out of the question!?


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (4/24/2017, 9:12 AM)

Patently ridiculous and they obviously don't understand orbital mechanics, but I suppose that was the point - be outrageous and generate clicks.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
LATICRETE International, Inc.
 
SPARTACOTE Flex PURE Clinical Plus Coatings
 
Equipped with antimicrobial technology, fast-cure systems and high-traction features. Ideal for demanding environments. Customizable colors and textures.
 

 
Atlas Material Testing Technology
 
Helping You Put Your Products To The Test
 
  • Outdoor Accelerated Weathering
  • Laboratory Testing Services
  • Accelerated Weathering Instruments

  • www.atlas-mts.com
    atlas.info@ametek.com
 

 
RCI, Inc.
 
RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium
 
November 13-14, 2017 | Orlando, Florida | Learn valuable design and repair insights from 20 leading design experts. RCI, Inc. is an AIA LU provider. Learn more.
 

 
PPG Paints
 
NEW FORMULA! PPG PAINTS™ SEAL GRIP® PRIMER
 
PPG Paints Seal Grip Interior/Exterior Acrylic Universal Primer/Sealer has been reformulated to meet your toughest interior and exterior primer requirements.
VIEW PRODUCT
 

 
Greenbuild
 
Greenbuild and ABX Together in Boston
 
Come to Boston and enjoy a 2 in 1 event! Greenbuild and ABX come together with over 700 exhibitors from the construction and design industry - register today!
 

 
A&I Coatings
 
Vitreflon – the hallmark of colour stable protective coatings
 
Vitreflon two pack fluoropolymer coatings display unsurpassed colour and gloss retention making Vitreflon the coating of choice for high value infrastructure and architecture. Contact us today to find out how Vitreflon can outperform on your next project. Vitreflon distributorships available.
 

 
World of Concrete
 
WOC 2018 – Las Vegas, NV
 
Visit the WOC website for more details about the World of Concrete 2018: January 23-26; Seminars 22-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, USA.
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 

© Copyright 2012-2017, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved