February 10th, 2016
To quote presidential candidate and New York developer Donald Trump, "if you're going to dream, you might as well dream BIG." Architects at Kohn Pedersen Fox and structural engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates are dreaming big for the city of Tokyo. According to the NY Post, they are planning to build a mile-high skyscraper in Japan that defies gravity.
If the project gets approved, the 5,577-foot-tall skyscraper would not be completed until around 2045. To put the ambition of this project in perspective, the world's current tallest building is already an astonishing 2,716 feet tall, nearly 1,000 feet taller than 1 World Trade Center. The facade would collect, filter and store water from the atmosphere. This water collection method would serve as the water supply for the upper floors, removing the need for a traditional water pump. Furthermore, the islands could be connected by Elon Musk's Hyperloop System, the high-speed transit system currently in the research and development phase.