Arcology on its way
Japan has recently completed the construction plans for not only the biggest also the most impressive building in the world. This building has the futuristic name X-Seed 4000. It is so huge, that it actually can be considered a true arcology. The term arcology is derived from a mix of architecture and economy. In a nutshell, an arcology is an insanely huge structure, that is so big, it is a self-contained place. Once one connects to the system, you never need to leave it. In theory, these hyperstructures may solve the population problem on Earth, as these places offer space for many many many people.
No mountain: The X-Seed 4000 is higher than the mountain Fuji
In this case, the X-Seed 4000 is, like the name says, more than 4,000 metres high, has over 800 (!) stories, and comes in at a whopping 4 by 6 kilometres basement. The structure has enough space to hold up to 1 million people. The building is entirely powered by solar energy, and has a certain degree of smartness integrated in the hull – the building will change the pressure inside each story according to the height of each story. The structure houses complete economy systems and residential areas.
Pyramid of Gisa 2.0: You could stack up quite a few Pyramids of Gisa in here. However this pyramid is far more complex. Ah yes, and bigger, too.
The term arcology has been around quite a while, it has appeared in many science-fiction novels and video games. In the game Sim City 2000 for instance, when you reached a certain level in time, you were able to build arcologies. On the right, you can see the biggest arcology that housed up to 1 million people.
The X-Seed 4000 however, although completed in the paper, seems more like a powerful vision in the moment. It is not impossible to build it. But: The estimated cost of this hyperstructure is between a whopping 300-900 billion current US-Dollars. But for Japan, as one of the richest countries in the world, that might not be a problem. So stay tuned.
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