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Planned Japan Skyscraper to Top Dubai's Burj Khalifa as Tallest Building in the World

Posted by Hannah Raissa Marfil on Feb 08, 2016 09:23 AM EST
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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 04: The Burj Dubai tower is pictured during the opening ceremony of the Burj Dubai tower on January 4, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Burj Dubai, which in Arabic means Dubai Tower, is at 824.55 meters the world's tallest man-made structure. (Photo : Martin Rose/Getty Images)

A futuristic real estate development proposed in Japan would feature a mile-high skyscraper that would top Dubai's Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world.

A report from the Architectural Digest highlighted an initiative called "Next Tokyo" made by Japanese officials to create a futuristic mega-city that will also address climate change issues. The vision was created by architects from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Leslie E. Robertson Associates. The proposed Tokyo Bay development will feature a mile-high residential tower centerpiece called Sky Mile Tower that will stand around 5,577 feet high, which is double the height of Dubai's Burj Khalifa. 

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The Sky Mile Tower would also house 55,000 people and feature "multilevel sky lobbies where residents would share amenities such as shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, gyms, libraries, and health clinics," as stated by the same report. The architects conceptualized the mile-high tower in a hexagonal design, which was the optimal shape to withstand strong winds as based on the numerous tests conducted by the project team. The architects also designed the tower's façade to collect, filter and store water from the atmosphere for future tenants in upper levels of the building.

The elevators to be used in the planned mile-high Japan skyscraper will feature a cable-free system that can move both horizontally and vertically. The future tower's elevator system would likely utilize ThyssenKrupp's cable-free, magnetic levitation elevators, according to a report from Construction Week Online.

Apart from the mile-high residential tower, the "Next Tokyo" initiative would also feature several man-made hexagon-shaped islands to serve as future sites for residential homes for around 500,000 people. The initiative is also envisioned to protect Tokyo from rising tides. Some areas in the planned futuristic mega-city would also be pre-filled with water to allow urban farming and access to "islands that are public beach harbors," Architectural Digest stated. The project's architects are also planning to utilize salt water to grow algae, which would be a future source for renewable and clean fuel. 

The "Next Tokyo" initiative is still waiting for approval. If approved, the project's target completion date would be 2045.

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