The experimental architectural design pushes its boundaries every day. After floating cities, a group of architects from Clouds Architecture Office in New York has brought us the mind-blowing project. They presented a design for the world’s tallest building named Analemma Tower. As the height isn’t enough, this skyscraper would hang down from the sky suspended by air cables attached to an asteroid. By the way, this group of architects is known for its Mars Ice Dome design.

The orbital path would swing the tower in a figure eight pattern between the northern and southern hemispheres each day, taking residents on a tour through different parts of the work, including New York City. Image credit: Clouds Architecture Office

Inverted Skyscraper Typology

While the traditional structure of the building is earth-based, this radical design of Analemma Tower overturns the established skyscraper typology. Instead of the ground up, the tower will be built from the sky down. According to Clouds Architecture Office, the tower will use the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS) to suspend the building from an orbiting asteroid via heavy-duty cables. It can be constructed anywhere and transported to its final location.

Orbital mechanics for Analemma: geosynchronous orbit matches earth’s sidereal rotation period of one day. The tower’s position in the sky traces out a path in a figure-8 form, returning the tower to exactly the same position in the sky each day. Image credit: Clouds Architecture Office

Office explains that 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 tower would be touring New York, Panama City, Havana, and Atlanta. The office would like to construct tower over Dubai, as “proven specialist in tall building construction at one-fifth the cost of New York City construction.”

Image credit: Clouds Architecture Office

But how designers can be confident in the asteroid’s stability? According to Office, they claim it’s not a science fiction to manipulate asteroid, reminding us of the success of NASA’s Rosetta mission, where scientists have achieved to land a space probe on a spinning comet. On the other side, NASA isn’t so sure about a confrontation with an eventual asteroid impact, just because it is so difficult to manipulate asteroid.

Life In An Analemma Skyscraper

Naturally, you would have wondered how life would be like in this tower. Hanging from an asteroid the tower would be positioned roughly 32 km above the surface. It would be divided into sectors, each with its own function for residents. The lower part of the building is predicted for business while sleeping quarters are approximately 2/3 of the way up. There would be a garden area, with entertainment and shops in the bottom. In case you want to exit the building, you would need a parachute.

Spectacular way out of the building for those with an adventurous heart. Image credit: Clouds Architecture Office

Sight from the tower also would be spectacular. As Analemma moves the size and shape of windows changes with height to account for pressure and temperature differentials. A number of daylight increases by 40 minutes at the top of the tower due to the curvature of the earth. However, the office is aware of unusual atmospheric conditions for this project and probability that some people will be intolerant to this changes.

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One must admit – this is remarkably weird design. The question is where is the line between creativity and madness. Analemma skyscraper project may look extraordinary, but in reality, for those who cares about safety, it also may look like hanging deathtrap of epic proportions.