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Only in Dubai? Or an April Fools' Day joke?

A speculative idea ‘impossible to build with today's existing technology’, says Cloud AO

Only in Dubai? Or an April Fools' Day joke?

A New York-based architectural firm is proposing to construct the world’s tallest skyscraper that will be hanging from an asteroid in Dubai due to the emirate’s expertise in building tall towers at lower construction cost.

In a statement emailed to Arabian Business, Clouds Architecture Office (Clouds AO) said Analemma Tower is a speculative idea project, which is “impossible to build with today's existing technology” but believes there will be “a time in the coming decades when it will become technologically feasible”.

“The orbital path is shown as a figure eight placed over the equator in the western hemi-sphere, with its top passing over New York City. The proposal is to have the tower built in Dubai, since the emirate has proven itself to be an expert in super-tall building construction,” it said, adding, the cost of constructing in Dubai will be only 20 percent of the cost to build in New York City.

With the tower’s typology is suspended in the air, it can be constructed anywhere in the world and transported to its final location, the company added.

Analemma Tower will be divided into different parts with the lower-most portion dedicated to offices and commercial spaces, the mid-section will be agricultural and residential areas while the top portion will be for devotional and funerary activities.

The tower will get its energy from space-based solar panels that will have constant exposure to the sunlight. It will use recycled water, with new water collected as condensate from rainwater and clouds.

The elevators will be cable-less and electromagnetic, the architecture firm said.

Analemma can be placed in an eccentric geosynchronous orbit which would allow it to travel between the northern and southern hemispheres on a daily loop. The ground trace for this pendulum tower would be a figure eight, where the tower would move at its slowest speed at the top and bottom of the figure eight allowing the possibility for the towers occupants to interface with the planet’s surface at these points.

The proposed orbit is calibrated so the slowest part of the towers trajectory occurs over New York City, the company stated.

Previously, a number of companies have proposed to build underwater hotel, underwater tennis stadium, a rotating tower, a rotating city and even a space hotel.

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Calvin Pinto 2 years ago

So I will need to parachute myself on my way to work , out of my fancy rocket. :)