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Old March 23rd, 2017, 02:36 AM   #1
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UNKNOWN | The Arconic Tower | 4800m | 15748ft | Vision

I'm surprised that no one has made a thread about this, today, I was researching and I ran across the article that can be seen a few lines below (it's the first one), and this skyscraper vision blew me away due to several factors (height, new window technology, and the fact that it will be constructed by 3d-printers if it gets built) and I'm pretty sure not many from SkyscraperCity know about this; anyways here's the skyscraper that is being talked about:

*Keep in mind that this is just a vision for now, and this skyscraper or one that contains similarities to this could be built in the future in an unknown location

First Article by The Independent:

This three-mile-high skyscraper design is coated in self-cleaning material that eats smog

By Chris Weller, Wednesday 11 January 2017 19:22 GMT

2017 only just arrived, but one manufacturing company is already looking 45 years into the future.

Arconic, a materials science company, has envisioned a three-mile-high skyscraper built from materials that are either in-development or have already been brought to market, including smog-eating surfaces and retractable balconies.

The tower was concocted as part of the company's larger campaign known as "The Jetsons," an homage to the 1962 cartoon set in 2062. Arconic's engineers worked alongside futurists to imagine the technologies that will be most useful several decades from now.

Sherri McCleary, one of Arconic's chief materials scientists, says one of the most exciting and immediate projects is EcoClean, a special coating that helps buildings self-clean and purify the surrounding air. It was first released in 2011 and offers a number of benefits over traditional pane glass windows, McCleary says.

"The functional coating provides aesthetics, it provides maintenance benefits, and it also provides a benefit to the surrounding environment by reducing the content of pollutants around it," she tells Business Insider.

EcoClean works with help from light and water vapor, which mix with the chemicals in the coating to produce atoms known as free radicals. These free radicals pull in pollutants from the air and break them down to get sloughed off the side of the building along with dirt and grime — almost like dead skin.

The end result is a cleaner building surrounded by cleaner air.

Another innovation is in the windows themselves, which Arconic also hopes could be a part of the three-mile-high tower. The new design is called Bloomframe. Essentially, it's a motorized window that converts into an all-glass balcony in under a minute.

Arconic has been showcasing the technology at trade shows around the world and will hit the market in the "near future," a company spokesperson says.

Rather than spend twice the money on materials to build separate windows and ledges, Arconic wants to invest in flexible components that can make buildings more than just static giants.

Skyscrapers built from 3D-printed materials could stretch more than three miles in the sky, Arconic says. Arconic

Some of Arconic's other futuristic designs include flying cars, ultra-lightweight car bodies, and aerodynamic airplane wings.

In the meantime, it continues working to push the limits of what modern-day skyscrapers can look like and do. Thanks to 3D printing, McCleary says many structures that aren't currently feasible could withstand high winds and unique climates.

"We're looking at optimizing the materials that can be 3D-printed to give more and more options to designers and architects," she says.

Second article by the Daily Mail:

Would you live in a 3-MILE-high smog-eating skyscraper? Architects say they could 3D-print one by 2062

The skyscraper is the vision of Arconic, a materials science company based in New York, as part of its larger campaign called The Jetsons – an homage to the 1962 cartoon, set in 2062.

The team has envisioned the Arconic tower – a three-mile-high skyscraper created using materials that are either in-development or have already been brought to market.

As well as being staggeringly tall, the tower will also have futuristic features, including smog-eating surfaces, and retractable balconies.

Arconic is currently working on a project called EcoClean, a special coating that allows building to self-clean and purify the surrounding air.

Sherri McCleary, one of Arconic's chief materials scientists, told Business Insider: 'The functional coating provides aesthetics, it provides maintenance benefits, and it also provides a benefit to the surrounding environment by reducing the content of pollutants around it.'

EcoClean uses a mix of chemicals, which use both light and water vapour to produce atoms known as free radicals.

These free radicals draw in pollutants in the air, breaking them down before they are shedded off the side of the building.

The end result is a cleaner building surrounded by cleaner air.

The windows themselves will also feature new technology, called Bloomframe – a motorised window that can convert into a glass balcony in just 60 seconds.


The firm has already showcased the Bloomframe technology at several trade shows, and hopes it will become available to buy in the near future.

Fitting in with The Jetsons theme, the firm is also working on flying cars, featuring ultra-lightweight car bodies and airplane wings.

Ms McCleary added: 'We're looking at optimising the materials that can be 3D-printed to give more and more options to designers and architects.'


A Rendering of the three-mile tall skyscraper:



A rendering of some floors of the building with the Bloomframe concept:



A rendering of the future San Francisco skyline with the building in the background:

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Old March 23rd, 2017, 02:48 AM   #2
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I just noticed that this building is taller than the previous tallest envisioned building, the X-Seed 4000, so the Arconic Tower is the tallest building ever envisoned.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 05:05 AM   #3
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 11:12 AM   #4
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No doubt, it looks pretty cool.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 12:04 PM   #5
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I am not a big fan of the top. It looks a bit overdesigned and i wish they would have kept it more symmetric
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 08:18 PM   #6
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I just noticed that this building is taller than the previous tallest envisioned building, the X-Seed 4000, so the Arconic Tower is the tallest building ever envisoned.
'Envisioned' by an unknown person for an unknown location using unknown technology. Can I envision a building that is 4801m tall? I guess that would be the tallest envisioned, if I envision it. Am envisioning now. Wow... that's a nice envision. Wish you guys could see it.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 11:30 PM   #7
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'Envisioned' by an unknown person for an unknown location using unknown technology. Can I envision a building that is 4801m tall? I guess that would be the tallest envisioned, if I envision it. Am envisioning now. Wow... that's a nice envision. Wish you guys could see it.
I can imagine your imaginary building and it is probably amazing.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 01:06 AM   #8
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San Francisco might not be the best city for it.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 09:22 PM   #9
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While very cool looking, I'm just going to come out and say it: never gonna happen.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 10:19 PM   #10
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I think it would look much taller than that, if really 4800 m

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Old March 24th, 2017, 10:36 PM   #11
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Is that the Star Trek United Federation of Planetes headquarter building? ;P

Same tower, different location?

https://www.artstation.com/artist/mattmatters

Nice from the top!

https://www.artstation.com/artist/mattmatters

the tower appears in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37waZeR4isc
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Is that the Star Trek United Federation of Planetes headquarter building? ;P

Same tower, different location?

https://www.artstation.com/artist/mattmatters

Nice from the top!

https://www.artstation.com/artist/mattmatters

the tower appears in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37waZeR4isc
If this wasn' so stupidly extremely overdesigned, wanky and freaking physicaly ridiculous the overall design and shape of the tower could be awesome


The second half of the tower have actually a really nice shape
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Old March 25th, 2017, 06:49 AM   #13
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idk why but looks like something straight out of zootopia
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And of course, it's basically an Acrophobic's hell on earth if they are forced to live in there.
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Jeez, it looks so fragile, I'd never even consider taking a footstep in such a building.
Nice playful vision though.
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Interesting
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the tower appears in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37waZeR4isc
Yeah, so not really vision, but more like fiction. They designed these to make a world similar to a cartoon.
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San Francisco might not be the best city for it.
Building the tallest structure ever, in an earthquake-prone part of the world.. what could possibly go wrong? But the biggest problem is that SF's real estate market would probably make each unit in that tower cost a minimum of a billion dollars.

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While very cool looking, I'm just going to come out and say it: never gonna happen.
Oh don't be such a downer, it looks perfectly feasible. Just look at the way the upper portions of the tower are supported by empty air and require constant elevator changes. I'd pay big $$$ to live/work at the top and have every trip down to buy groceries become a pilgrimage.

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I just noticed that this building is taller than the previous tallest envisioned building, the X-Seed 4000, so the Arconic Tower is the tallest building ever envisoned.
Not really, I'm currently envisioning a tower twice as tall and as equally realistic. And if someone envisions anything taller, I'll envision mine even taller.
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Building the tallest structure ever, in an earthquake-prone part of the world.. what could possibly go wrong?
Well Taipei 101 wich was at his time the tallest skyscraper was built in a very sismic active area.

But yeah , build a tower that look so freaking fragile in an area where we're expecting one day a big one .....
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