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Firm plans to build upside-down skyscraper

By T.K. Randall
March 29, 2017 · Comment icon 27 comments

The building would begin construction in Dubai. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Pollo
The bizarre plan would see the world's tallest building being hung upside-down from an orbiting asteroid.
The concept, which has been published by Clouds Architecture Office, is so insane that you'd be forgiven for thinking that it was an April Fool's Day joke that had been published too early.

Known as the Analemma Tower, the new building would be suspended upside-down from a large asteroid via strong cables approximately 31,068 miles above the surface of the Earth.

The structure's orbital nature would mean that in a typical 24-hour period it would be carried on a whirlwind figure-of-eight tour of the entire planet while traveling at over 1,000mph.

"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 company wrote.
It goes without saying however that the whole premise is utterly impractical to the extreme.

Even if you ignore the difficulties involved in actually creating the thing, the forces that would be exerted on such a structure as it careens around the planet would be astronomical.

Anyone wishing to access the building would have to board a high-speed jet and undertake a complex docking manoeuver. In the meantime, those looking to head back down to the Earth's surface in a hurry would have no choice but to jump off the building with a parachute.

In addition to this, what happens in the event of a fire or other emergency ? What if the orbit of the asteroid, which would be carrying the building's entire weight, started to deteriorate ?

Suffice to say, the chances of this project ever getting off the ground are literally zero.

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Comment icon #18 Posted by Ashyne 7 years ago
Imagine the terrorists flying planes into the mid-section to sever the city into two portions and the bottom half lands on a city below.
Comment icon #19 Posted by acute 7 years ago
If they put a TV transmitter at the apex of the building, it won't work very well.
Comment icon #20 Posted by woopypooky 7 years ago
Either the architect in that company have brain of 5 yrs old or its a publicity seeking maneuver.
Comment icon #21 Posted by spock91 7 years ago
At least this would shut up the Flat Earth crowd.
Comment icon #22 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
I think this tower flying through the atmosphere at 1000 miles per hour, dangling from cables 31,000 miles long, would be a BAD idea.
Comment icon #23 Posted by taniwha 7 years ago
True.  Sounds more like a hemorrhoid scraper to me.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Daimond25 7 years ago
Use cannon, like human cannonball
Comment icon #25 Posted by FLOMBIE 7 years ago
I'm not too convinced. What if they miss? Seems like a bigger engineering feat than this building. 
Comment icon #26 Posted by FLOMBIE 7 years ago
Skyscraper that hangs from asteroid -BUSTED!
Comment icon #27 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Wait.... People were supposed to jump off this thing? Didn't I read it would be traveling through the atmosphere at like 1000 miles per hour? That's suicide to jump into a swirling 1000 mph windstorm. Probably be swept up and smashed against the ridiculous thing.

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