With the development of technology, it is finally possible to create a space elevator, with this in human history space-age begins. The terminal at the ground station of the space elevator is also functioning as a business centre. Serving the needs a multifunctional hybrid building is essential.
The fundamental aspects of work in the coming decades - with a more faster transit technologies, this challenge engages with a skyscraper that serves as both - A workplace and A fly hub. Design challenge: How will your idea of a tall building that houses these two evident typologies of today give birth to a more hybrid future?
The idea of a space elevator was already published in 1895 by a russian scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. The concept had developed a lot so far. Nowadays there are many experiments and studies by the japanies company Obayashi or Google X in this field.
The previously designed idea of the space elevator is; if a very long cable fixed to the ground and extending into space, the centrifugal force acting on the cable, it will be higher than the gravitational force so it will not fall. It will be possible to travel along the cable from the Earth directly into space, without the using rockets.
The bottom end of the cable settled to the ground could be imagined, like the space station had anchored. That imagination created the shape of the building which reflects the anchor's geometry. The volumetrics of the towers symbolize the hooks of the anchor, while the terminal in the centre symbolizes the node of the rope attachment.
The building is triangular centrally-planned. Between the three towers, there is a suspended volume functioning as a terminal, underneath there are several grids for parking. The towers masses are gradually perforated from top to bottom, where vertical farms, green areas like parks takes place.
The two main functions of the building are the flying car and space elevator terminal, moreover space research-related offices. As secondary functions: restaurant, gym, kindergarten, research lab, restroom, lecture hall, conference room, other service units are available.
The bottom anchorage node must keep the centrifugal buoyancy of the cable's weight. The spatial composition of the building follows the basic concept. The masses of towers are standing on the holding weight where the cable is fixed. The underground structures also contribute to the stability of the node. So the whole structure of the building mainly made of bio-concrete reinforced with graphene fibre functions as an anchor of the space station.
Future of fly
With the development of drone technology flying cars spread out, the use of flying transportation is increasing too. In cities is a need to create an entirely new transport infrastructure, which results in a new generation of buildings and public spaces. As a result of air and underground transportation, we can create a greener and more liveable social environment.
The spatial design of the terminal and the vertical parking below inspiring the hive. The concept is that flying cars get into the terminal, landing the passenger, then flying away into the parking spaces by using autopilot mode.
The terminal is located in the central suspended volume, and three towers surround it. There are three different types of stations:
1. flying car owners
2. flying public transportation
3. flying trucks, VIP and emergency cars
In the top of the terminal, there is the hole for the space elevator. Below the volumetric contour is located in the vertical parking area. The structure connecting to the towers maintain the weight of the terminal. The good supplement of towers takes place to form this floor, which is directly connected to the stations of the flying truck terminal.
Future of work
The three towers different functioning offices are deaing with space research and business.
In the recent past office, tools have changed a lot. The large, simple devices became smarter and multifunctional. The most significant change in this process is digitalization. With this function, you can handle everything with a single digital profile.
The future working environment is diverse, productive, dynamic. Hybridizing 3D printing and new technologies are responsible for the changes. In the building, we can find several 3d printers, which can move horizontally on the slabs. They can be elevating between different floors. With the development of 3D printing, it is possible to demolish the printed items and to recycle. By shortening the process of recycling, the shape of the spaces can be easily changed and quickly adapted to different needs.
The new generation of personalization results from the development of smart material. Smart functionality is not only available in phones and household appliances, but it can be a wall, table, chair, any surface that provides digital access. The 3D printed smart material contains particles that communicate with each other to change their colour, so as thousands of pixels functioning as a texture and work surface with digital connectivity.
Not only the objects but also the walls and slabs have a smart surface. The windows of the building have four layers, in which one layer is responsible for shading. This smart film that can be used to create a variable shading pattern similar to wall surfaces.
The functions of the building are arranged with a gradual transition between public and private spaces. In the central part there are the public spaces (terminals), going outwardly are the semi-public spaces (cafes, rest areas), takes place while the triangle peaks are completely private spaces (workspaces, offices, research laboratories).
The energy supply of the building is provided by solar energy, which comes from the space elevator cable and the solar panels integrated into buildings envelope. With the realization of the space elevator, extracting solar energy from space to the ground become an economical and sustainable resolution.