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Tokyo mile-high tower to double Burj Khalifa

by John Bambridge on Feb 7, 2016

The bay-based biome could be built by 2045.
The bay-based biome could be built by 2045.

Plans have been floated for a mile-high skyscraper in Tokyo that would not only become the world’s tallest building, but be twice the height of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

This super-tall building is set to reach a height of 1,700m and host up to 55,000 people in Tokyo bay, an inlet southeast of the Japanese capital.

If the plans are accepted – ‘Sky Mile Tower’ would be surrounded by a series of man-made hexagonal islands, Architectural Digest reported.

These islands are designed to protect Tokyo from flooding and act as foundation for homes for around half a million people.

The tower and satellite islands, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson, also come equipped with wind, solar and algae farms to provide electricity.

The tower’s façade has meanwhile been designed to collect, filter and store water from the clouds to reduce the load on the plumbing system of pumping water to the top floors.

To tackle the question of vertical transport, the tower would make use of ThyssenKrupp’s cable-free, magnetic levitation elevators, which can run vertically and horizontally.

According to Architectural Digest, the tower will have “multilevel sky lobbies where residents would share amenities such as shopping centres, restaurants, hotels, gyms, libraries, and health clinics”.

Assuming it is approved, the manmade marvel is set to be completed by 2045.