Architects propose skycraper that allows drones to dock and recharge

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A drone skyscraper has been proposed by designers Hadeel Ayed Mohammed, Yifeng Zhao and Chengda Zhu that acts as a central control terminal for drones to dock and recharge, situated in the heart of Manhattan.

The ‘dronescraper’, dubbed ‘the hive’ has been proposed as an alternative to Rafael Vinoy’s 432 Park Avenue superstructure, which is set to become the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere.

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The project won second place in eVolo’s annual skyscraper competition with the first place going to a project involving 1000 foot walls proposed to surround Central Park for more natural space.

“This centrally controlled model will be more appealing to the legislative sector as it adheres to the concerns about regulating drone traffic,” said the designers. “The primary location of the building does not only gather the commercial power of Manhattan, but also stands away from the no-fly-zones set by the federal aviation administration.”

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The Hive’s facade is made up of modules that are designed to fit nine different types of drones, categorized between the shape and scale of their landing fixtures. In order to provide a safe landing space, the skyscraper allows drones to dock horizontally.

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Additionally, the tower is animated with platforms that rotate back and forth, with changes in transparency and density.

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“The overall organization of the façade uses layering as means to maximize surface area, with two overlapping exterior layers and an inner layer,” the designers explain. “A hierarchy is established, as the size of drones and modules is smaller in the inner layer creating a more intricate interior that can be accessed by the smallest drones by a major opening in the façade.”

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