Architectural madness – Hitching a skyscraper to an Asteroid to let it float over our cities.

Architectural madness – Hitching a skyscraper to an Asteroid to let it float over our cities.



New York Architects – Clouds Architecture Office –  have found a way to take architectural design to the next level (quite literally). 

The proposal from New-York based architecture firm – Clouds Architecture – involves strapping a building to an asteroid that would travel on the geosynchronus orbit which perfectly matches the Earth’s rotation about it’s axis. Clouds architecture, with an extremely positive outlook on technological advancement, hopes to provide the general public with an image of what our cities might look like in the future and the change in architectural technologies.

While this idea might seem absurd, this architecture practice has actually put in way more thought into this concept than you might assume. Their justification involves a process known as asteroid manipulation – a concept which no longer belongs in a science fiction comic book.

As Clouds Arch have mentioned on their website, in the year of 2015, the European Space Agency invested in asteroid mining that was a result of a proven possibility of landing on a spinning comet.

Following that theory, NASA has organized an “asteroid retrieval mission” to be conducted in the year 2021. If successful, they will then have understood the mathematical probability of being able to capture and relocate an asteroid.

The asteroid that would be used for suspension of the building in this project would be in orbit at about 50,000 km above the Earths ground surface, while the building would hang about 32 km above the ground.

Humans would use parachutes to get to the ground and go back to their building. The issue that they are facing right now is the human response to such altitudes. The design team helps us understand that the altitude their considering is almost -40°C and is near vacuum. Hence, they would require humans to wear protective suits when entering and exiting the building to get to Earth ground level.

Here’s an awesome infographic to help you understand the scale of the project that they’re proposing:

–  Vaishnavi on behalf of the ABA team