Who says a building has to touch the ground?
New York-based Clouds Architecture Office released designs for a skyscraper that, instead of being built on the ground, would hang from an asteroid in orbit.
The design calls for the building to rotate in a figure-eight with one point in New York City and another over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. At the end of every 24 hours, it would return to the same point.
Here's a look at the building's orbital plan.
And here's a rendering of the hypothetical building itself.
"Analemma Tower is a proposal for the world's tallest building ever," the company said. "Harnessing the power of planetary design thinking, it taps into the desire for extreme height, seclusion, and constant mobility."
Some may question the point of having a suspending skyscraper, but the company said it's an innovative way to counter increases in property rent.
“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.”
There are other benefits, too. Not only would the building provide people with 45 minutes of extra daylight at an elevation of 32,000 meters, but it would also incorporate an environmentally-friendly design, such as spaced-based solar panels.
"Water would be filtered and recycled in a semi-closed loop system, replenished with condensate captured from clouds and rainwater," the company added.
The debut of a possible suspending skyscraper comes just days after another New York architecture proposed a U-shaped building in Manhattan to combat systematic problems caused by New York City's zoning regulations.
Clouds Architecture Office didn't hash out important logistical issues, such as how people would enter and exit the building. Photos, however, show the involvement of parachutes.