February 11, 2016

Coming soon to a futuristic anime near you: The Sky Mile Tower

There are plans and then there are plans. Sometimes "plans" are little more than trial balloons to see if investors are interested, and I suspect that's what this is.

If approved the huge tower would be the tallest building in the world, dwarfing the current record-holder, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which is half as tall at 2,717ft (828m).

Located in Tokyo Bay, an inlet southeast of the city proper, the plan — dubbed Next Tokyo — wouldn't just be a single massive building, but if approved would emerge as a mini city designed to combat climate change.

The proposed high-high skyscraper would house up to 55,000 people - the size of a large British town.

Envisioned as part of Tokyo's effort to protect itself from rising tides, Next Tokyo would feature a chain of man-made, hexagon-shaped islands.

They would form a barrier to protect Japan's capital from flooding as well as provide the foundation for homes for some 500,000 people. They could be connected by Hyperloop, Elon Musk's high-speed transit system. (SCDB: Yeah, right. I'll believe it when I see it.)

The centerpiece of the plan, is the 5,577-foot-tall skyscraper slated for completion in 2045. It's currently being called the Sky Mile Tower and is similarly hexagon-shaped for optimal wind resistance.

The engineering challenge is obvious just from the proposed height. The fact that they want to build it in an active earthquake zone, which regularly gets powerful typhoons, makes it all the more interesting.

And some of the things they're talking about: As for elevators? They'll be ones of the cable-free variety, which can move both vertically and horizontally.

So I don't expect this thing to actually happen.

But it's a nice dream. How soon before it shows up in a fighting anime and gets demolished?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Japanese at 06:22 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 If anybody could build a hyperloopy rail system, it's Japan.  No other country has as much experience with high-speed trains, and when it comes down to it, that's all Hyperloop is.

Oh sure, you've got the whole high-end vac-u-suck technologies and stuff involved, but still.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 11, 2016 11:03 PM (KiM/Y)

2 Coincidentally, Japan probably also has more experience with "high-end vac-u-suck technologies".

-j

Posted by: J Greely at February 12, 2016 07:30 AM (ZlYZd)

3 My understanding was that this is one of the entrants in an architectural contest that was just to promote interesting ideas, and there was never any serious intent to pick a plan and build it.

Posted by: Boviate at February 12, 2016 10:21 AM (XRvFv)

4 I can believe that.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 12, 2016 12:59 PM (+rSRq)

5 That would certainly explain its conceptual resemblance to a certain unlikely bridge I ran across a few years back.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at February 12, 2016 01:18 PM (ZlYZd)

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