If These Proposed Skyscrapers Are Ever Built, Cities Will Be Insane

The super-skyscraper has been a dream of city planners for over a century. And these plans for mega-structures, if they ever come to fruition, would be some of the most awe-inspiring buildings the world has ever seen. Take a glimpse at the future of architecture in this gallery.

The 13,000 ft (4,000 m) high, 800-story X-Seed 4000 with a 3.7 mi (6 km) wide sea-base to accommodate at least half a million people, designed by Taisei Construction Corporation and Peter Neville in 1995

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The 3,284 ft tall (1,001 m) Burj Mubarak al-Kabir Tower, near Kuwait City, Kuwait, designed by Eric Kuhne and Associates, 2006. It will have three interlocked towers to support the overall structure.

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The 1,476 ft (450 m) tall Crystal Island, Moscow, Russia, designed by Norman Foster in 2007. It would have a "second skin" to minimize the winter heat loss.

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The 400-story, 7874 ft (2400 m) high Dubai Vertical City, also known as the Dubai City Tower, by Meraas Holding, 2008

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This skyscrapers will have an 1312 ft (400 m) high energy-producing spire on the top, and the world's fastest elevators which could travel people at the speed of 125 mph (201 kph).

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The 3,200 ft (975 m) high Miapolis in Miami, designed by Kobi Karp Architecture, 2010. This $22 billion self-sufficient building would include an amusement park, a museum, an observatory, a trade center, a rotating sky-lounge, a shopping mall, restaurants, a hotel and a marina.

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The 3,445 ft (1,050 m) tall Azerbaijan Tower, Khazar Islands, near Baku, Azerbaijan, designed in 2012. It ail lbe the centerpiece of the Khazar Islands, a planned city of 41 artificial islands on 3,000 hectares over the Caspian Sea.

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Buenos Aires Forum, Buenos Aires, Argentina, a mixed-use development, with a 3,300 ft (1,000 m) tall skyscraper as a centerpiece, designed by Julio Torcello.

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Sky City (or Sky City One), Changsha, China, 2013. The prospective builders named Broad Sustainable Building wants to construct the 2,749 ft (838 m) tall skyscraper in only 90 days (not counting the 120 days of prefabrication).

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The 5000 residential properties in the 202-story building (with the total floor space of 13 million sq ft (1.2 million sqm) will be able to accommodate 17,400 residents.

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davidbullaro
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As an architect I vow to never design compensation towers.

These things always overwhelm the local market for real estate in the city once they are built. The sheer rentable SF is on a magnitude larger than what is usually available on any day. Unless you are instantly expecting an increase in white collar labor, massive influx of tourists or wealthy people that need 10000SF single floor apartments you are deluding yourself that this is anything else than a highly complex lamborghini, porsche boxster, or lifted F350 equivalent.

This is the trophy wife of architecture, pretty to look at, nicely designed, but when it really counts useless.

Not to mention that the elevator rides in these things will take half an hour to go. Even an elevator at 125mph is a stupid design because we can only accelerate these at certain speeds and decelerate them at certain rates so it'll still take considerable time to reach a mid level lift which you will then have to enter and wait as it stops at each of the next 40 floors. Half an hour later you are at your destination and then you get to do it all over again when you want to leave. And don't even get me started on emergency exiting. In this case you would probably just be accepting you will die or at the least ensure you have a BASE jumping kit in your office and a special hammer to break your window and the guts to leap.