New York-based architecture firm, Clouds Architecture Office, has proposed a blueprint for a strange skyscraper that would win it a round of applause from Kim Stanley Robinson.
The slender, but very tall tower, wouldn’t be built up from the ground, but down from the sky by suspending it (by cables) from an asteroid orbiting Earth. This means, it too, would whirl along with it. In its daily loop across the heavens, it’d swing like a pendulum.
Offices would be placed at the lower end of it; residences, between 25,000 and 35,000 feet—the altitude at which commercial jets fly. Places of worship and a funerary section would be spread along the uppermost section, looking into space.
The shape and size of the windows along the structure would change with height to accommodate the differences in pressure and temperature. Residents would parachute down to the ground when they’d need to.