Japan will soon be home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, which will be nearly twice the size of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa! Burj Khalifa, which stands 2,716.5 feet (nearly half a mile) tall, will be dwarfed by the Sky Mile Tower, which is set to be completed in 2045 and will stand more than a mile tall. The architects at Kohn Pedersen Fox and structural engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson Associates are behind the ambitious project. They are not only designing a structure, but also a tower that will serve as a mini-city to combat climate change.
It is no secret that Japan is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and natural disasters occur on a regular basis. Because the archipelago is located along the Ring of Fire, an area where several tectonic plates collide, it is frequently subjected to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions.
The 5,577-foot skyscraper is a conceptual design for a soaring structure that the architects envision for Tokyo, Japan, in 2045. The plan, dubbed Next Tokyo, would see the creation of a mini-city designed to combat climate change in Tokyo Bay, an inlet southeast of the city proper. Next Tokyo would include, in addition to the tallest building, a chain of man-made hexagon-shaped islands that would act as a barrier to protect Japan’s capital from flooding and house approximately 500,000 people. According to the New York Post, they could be linked by Hyperloop, Elon Musk’s high-speed transit system.
Everything you need to know about Sky Mile Tower
The 5,577-foot-tall skyscraper will be completed by 2045 and will be hexagonal in shape for maximum wind resistance. The tower could hold 55,000 people, or one-tenth of the population of the city-within-a-city. Water from the atmosphere is collected, filtered, and stored in the building’s facade, eliminating the need for a traditional water pump.
According to Architectural Digest, there will be “multilevel sky lobbies where residents would share amenities such as shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, gyms, libraries, and health clinics.” The central concept of the climate-conscious “Next Tokyo 2045” project is to construct a megacity that is resilient to global climate change. Sky Mile Tower will have cable-free elevators that can move vertically as well as horizontally.
The tower will also have industrial-scale agriculture space on its facade, as well as smaller agricultural gardens at the top levels. When completed, the Sky Mile Tower will be twice the height of the Burj Khalifa and nearly five times the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. it will have 421 floors and will be able to house 55,000 residents.