Planned Tokyo skyscraper to be twice as tall as Burj Khalifa

Plans for a skyscraper in Tokyo, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, to be around twice as tall as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa have been unveiled.

This super-tall building is set to reach a height of 1.61 km (one mile) and host up to 55,000 people in Tokyo Bay, an inlet southeast of the Japanese capital.

If the plans are accepted – the ‘Sky Mile Tower’ would be surrounded by a series of man-made hexagonal islands, designed to protect Tokyo from flooding and act as foundation for homes for around half a million people.

If the go-ahead is given the skyscraper is scheduled to be completed by 2045.

The tower will reportedly host up to 55,000 people

The tower and satellite islands, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and engineering firm Leslie E. Robertson, are planned to be partially powered by it transit system.

Additionally, wind farms, solar panels and algae farms on the islands are planned to provide electricity.

The tower’s facade is designed to collect filter and store water preventing the need to pump water to the top floors.

The tower will also have “sky lobbies” where residents would share amenities such as shops, restaurants, hotels, gyms, libraries and health clinics.

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2 Responses to Planned Tokyo skyscraper to be twice as tall as Burj Khalifa

  1. Makeba says:

    2045??? Why so long? Anyway…looks interesting. Many, many engineering studies under the most extreme conditions need to be analyzed.

  2. Thom Bohlen says:

    A mile high Skyscraper in Tokyo in an earthquake prone area appears unsustainable. Collecting and treating rainwater to serve the upper floors may be difficult with out much horizontal surface for catchment. Maybe by 2045 they will have the engineering figured out to complete this tower, but there must be other much more sustainable ways to house 55,000 people in Japan by 2045. The world needs to begin looking at the MOST SUSTAINABLE methodologies and technologies, and not using precious resources for this extreme type of development, just because we can.

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