Rendering: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Who would have thought a megatall skyscraper could have an inferiority complex? No, the Burj Khalifa is not buying a Ferrari (although it probably houses many), but the 163-story structure may one day pale in comparison to a mile-high skyscraper proposed for Tokyo.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Leslie E. Robertson Associates have submitted a joint-proposal for a 5,577 foot (1,700 meter) tower to be constructed in Tokyo Bay. The structure is hexagonal and features six “building legs” for increased stability and wind resistance. There are a number of sky decks and vertical slots to disperse the wind, or allow it to pass through completely.
Around its base, a series of hexagon-shaped islands will help to protect the Sky Mile Tower from rising sea levels, seismic activity, typhoons and flooding. The islands vary in size, between 500 to 5,000 feet wide, and will serve as freshwater reservoirs, urban farming plots and public beaches. Ships are able to pass between them, meaning there will be minimal disruption to the bay.
Sky Mile Tower will feature five residential zones, housing up to 55,000 people. There will also be hotels, shops, restaurants, libraries, fitness centers and health clinics. Sustainable features of the design include heat recovery ventilation and a water collection system in which it is treated and stored on-site, and then distributed by gravity.
The tower proposal is part of a larger development project called Next Tokyo, which would see a mega city built on reclaimed islands in Tokyo Bay. Aimed at increasing density and combatting the effects of climate change, the islands would be connected by a Hyperloop (Elon Musk’s futuristic transit system) and house upwards of 500,000 people.
If approved, Sky Mile Tower is expected to be completed by 2045. Check out more renderings of the behemoth below:
Renderings:Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates