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Futuristic visions: a rural tower and life on Mars



Here are some glimpses of what life might be like in the near and distant future, from dwellings on remote worlds to a tremendously deep swimming pool.

In the countryside, a skyscraper

Bestseller, a clothing business, is developing a massive headquarters in the little Danish town of Brande. The city council approved the project in March 2019, although the start and end dates have yet to be defined. “It will be a landmark that puts Brande on the map,” says Anders Krogh Vogdrup, the head of construction at Bestseller.

Flying taxis

This project, dubbed “Sky Tower,” is expected to handle at least 2,000 vehicle arrivals and departures each hour for Uber’s urban aviation transportation system, with each vehicle accommodating up to five people.

Floating city

Oceanix City, located in calm, sheltered seas near coastal megacities, might be a flexible and long-term answer for human life on the sea. The city is a lush enclave built on five-acre floating concrete platforms that are tethered to the bottom in shallow waters. The city can change and evolve spontaneously over time, growing from a 300-person neighbourhood to a 10,000-person city. 

Life on Mars

This design proposal is a finalist in a competition to create 3D-printed dwellings for Mars that is currently underway. The teams had to create dwellings that could endure Mars’ harsh radiation, high-temperature swings, and thin atmosphere. The shelters had to be developed in such a way that they could be 3D printed. A 3D printer might be dispatched to Mars to construct a habitat before humans even arrive, ensuring that they have a place to stay as soon as they arrive.

Panoramic view

This balcony, which will open shortly at the Hudson Yards in New York City, is billed as “the highest outdoor deck in the entire Western Hemisphere,” with a glass floor that allows you to see down 1,100 feet to the neighbourhood below. A nine-foot wall of dramatically angled glass allows you to lean out over the city. 

High-rise farmhouse

Precht, the designer of “The Farmhouse,” was discouraged by the fact that modern cultures were becoming increasingly detached from the sources of their food. As a result, they advocate for sky-high agriculture. The proposed building’s angled sides provide space for gardens that occupants can utilise to raise their food.

Studio Precht is located in the Austrian Alps.

Wet outside, dry in here

Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet unit, is introducing protective components that will shelter people from the wind and rain in their smart city development in Toronto, allowing them to spend more time outside.


Lilium’s concepts for small, vertically taking off and landing electric jets could be used as air taxis in heavily populated urban areas.

The Lilium Jet has 36 independent engines and is developed on the notion of “ultra-redundancy.”

Vertical theme park

The Lionsgate Entertainment World, a virtual reality-heavy theme park on China’s Hengqin Island, is planned to open in July. Rides, shops, and attractions will be set in the worlds of iconic Lionsgate films such as “The Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” and “Escape Room.”

Flying wing

The unmanned aircraft “HAWK30,” which HAPSMobile is developing as a telecommunications platform, is about 256 feet long.

“HAWK30” can fly at a top speed of 70 miles per hour, thanks to solar panels on its wings that house 10 propellers. Its solar panels are always powered by sunshine because it flies at high altitudes above the clouds.


The proposed “Dutch Windwheel” in Rotterdam will have a hotel and residences on the inner band, and a high-tech Ferris Wheel-like attraction with 40 coaster cabins on the outer band.

Space colony

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos laid out his vision of up to a trillion humans living in “manufactured worlds” built by future generations at a recent event in Washington.

The “O’Neill colonies,” named after physics professor Gerard K. O’Neill, would be built miles above Earth and rotated to create artificial gravity.

Cylinder world

Bezos envisions millions of such colonies containing billions of people, all fueled by the sun’s constant light and the massive resources found on the moon, asteroids, and other planets.