Wow! OMG! This is the first high-resolution picture of X-Seed 4000 that I have ever seen before. This pic clearly shows the magnitude of this building. If this ever gets built it would dwarf puny Burj Dubai. I mean, this thing not only is four kilometers tall (taller than Mount Fuji) but also big enough to house over a million residents.
If only Japan continued to grow at such breakneck pace after 1989 as it had in the 80's (or if Japan had not experiences a bursting of its bubble economy) and if it's population still kept climbing (possibly through immigration--if it followed the same policies as the United States and Europe) then this thing would have already been built considering the ingenuity of the Japanese people and their obsession with mega-projects.
Sadly, this will remain a fantasy or vision project for Japan. But, hey...who knows...maybe Japan's giant neighbor China might incorporate this structure into their landscape with minor changes with the design to adapt to the current or even more futuristic architectural designs (possibly for maximizing land space so as to free-up some spaces to add for more farmland lost through the construction of its 85,000 kilometer expressway network). I sure hope it would be in Shanghai. Hehehe. But, obviously would have been great, too, in Tokyo (the world's only ultra-city).
The Tokyo Pyramid's real/official project name is the Mega-TRY Pyramid. That project could also house a million residents. Its design was much shorter (about a mile high) but had a larger land area for its base. My avatar is it.
I agree that X-Seed 4000's design is more like an alien construct rather than a more human one. I also agree that Mega-TRY Pyramid's design is more aesthetic, however, X-Seed 4000 is more practical in the sense that it would be built on reclaimed land, plus, it has a smaller base. This means that it has a better land v.s. population ratio than Mega-TRY Pyramid and, at four kilometers tall, would be a more imposing structure.
Both of these projects are the most ambitious constructs put into official blueprint stages by any engineering company. In this case, the respected Japanese engineering companies: Taisei (X-Seed 4000) and Obayashi (Mega-TRY Pyramid).
The Japanese have been building earth-quake proof/buildings structures since the year 2000. If any building/structure built from 2000 onwards can still survive & stand even after a major earthquake, then what more with this X-seed. Year 2040-2050 earth-quake technology meets Japanese construction excellence.
Heck, maybe that building can even survive one hit of a Nuclear warhead.
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