A look inside ‘tallest building ever’ which hangs upside down from an asteroid

As buildings become taller and taller, our cities increasingly look like something out of a sci-fi movie.

When one architecture firm unveiled its plans to construct the tallest building ever, an upside-down skyscraper suspended from asteroid 31,000 miles above the Earth, people were amazed and said it simply couldn't be done.

But we can dream, and what's more, the building's sheer height and impossible construction isn't the only exciting thing about it. The interior of the building, which would house luxury flats, offices, gardens, and shops, would use some of the most cutting-edge technology out there—even some which don't exist yet.

A concept video showed the different interiors and flats that would be available on the skyscraper, including cinemas, sky gardens, panoramic windows, hot tubs and more.

The building would have different sizes and shapes of windows to account for variations in atmospheric pressure and temperature. These include circular portholes, panoramic windows, and others.

The inside of the building would be navigated using an extremely long elevator to whiz you between different floors. To access the building, which would circumnavigate the Earth every day and stop off at the world's major cities including New York and Dubai, people will have to use special helicopters and exit by parachute.

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The architects behind the idea said: "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."

According to the architects, the tower would use a system called the 'Universal Orbital Support System' to hang it from a giant asteroid.

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This would require NASA to go and capture an asteroid from deep space and move it into Earth's orbit, which is an idea hardly on the cards right now.

Lots of people have pointed out the obvious obstacles to building a gigantic floating skyscraper and tying it to an asteroid, including the fact that we don't have any big asteroids nearby.

One architect analysed what would need to be done in order to make the skyscraper, which was first proposed in 2018, possible.

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Writing for Arch Daily, Rory Stott said engineers would have to follow these steps:

  1. Go fetch an asteroid and bring it into orbit around the Earth
  2. Build a 16.7 mile-tall skyscraper in Dubai (as nowhere else would let you go that high)
  3. Attach a 22,000 mile-long cable to the asteroid
  4. Lift the building off the ground
  5. Attach the building to the cable hanging from the asteroid
  6. Move the building to New York and keep it in orbit
  7. Attract people to live in the dangerous moving skyscraper
  8. Build a tower that lets people hop on and off the moving skyscraper

In short, there is absolutely no way this would ever be possible, and even if it was, it would be incredibly dangerous to most life on Earth. But we can dream.

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