drone skyscraper allows unmanned aerial vehicles to dock in the center of manhattan drone skyscraper allows unmanned aerial vehicles to dock in the center of manhattan
mar 29, 2016

drone skyscraper allows unmanned aerial vehicles to dock in the center of manhattan

drone skyscraper allows unmanned aerial vehicles to dock in the center of manhattan
all images by hadeel ayed mohammad, yifeng zhao and chengda zhu / courtesy of eVolo

 

 

 

designers hadeel ayed mohammad, yifeng zhao and chengda zhu have proposed a central control terminal that hosts docking and charging stations for drones in the center of manhattan. dubbed ‘the hive’, the drone skyscraper has been proposed as a dramatic alternative to 432 park avenue, the rafael viñoly-designed superstructure set to be the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere.

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the central control terminal hosts docking and charging stations for drones

 

 

 

over the past few years, drone technology has become a leading trend across a range of fields, from aerial mapping to filmmaking. several major corporations — such as amazon, DHL and walmart — have begun investigating the use of drones as a means of high-speed delivery. however, many areas are subject to no-fly zones, while rules often state that the user must maintain visibility with the drone at all times.

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the skyscraper’s façade features modules designed to fit nine different types of craft

 

 

 

‘the hive’, which was awarded second place in eVolo’s annual skyscraper competition, reconsiders air-zoning regulations through a vertical highway. ‘this centrally controlled model will be more appealing to the legislative sector as it adheres to the concerns about regulating drone traffic,’ say the designers. ‘the primary location of the building does not only gather the commercial power of manhattan, but also stands away from the no-fly-zones set by the federal aviation administration.’

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the tower is animated as its transparency and density constantly changes

 

 

 

the skyscraper’s façade features modules designed to fit nine different types of drones, categorized by the shape and scale of their landing fixtures. to provide a safe landing environment, the tower allows drones to dock horizontally onto their corresponding platforms — surfaces which can be flipped vertically to be parallel with the tower’s façade. consequently, the skyscraper is animated as the platforms rotate back and forth, and its transparency and density constantly changes.

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derived configurations

 

 

 

the overall organization of the façade uses layering as means to maximize surface area, with two overlapping exterior layers and an inner layer,’ explain the designers. ‘a hierarchy is established, as the size of drones and modules is smaller in the inner layer creating a more intricate interior that can be accessed by the smallest drones by a major opening in the façade.’

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classification of drone models

the hive drone skyscraper new york hadeel ayed mohammad yifeng zhao chengda zhu designboom 02
‘the hive’ reconsiders air-zoning regulations through a vertical docking system

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  • Sorry, but this is absolutely crazy project that does not have any practical application, especially on such a scale and in such a place.

    Buzz says:
  • I disagree with Philip, drone being the generic term for a wide variety of electric RC and autonomous aircraft I’m not sure he realises that this project could facilitate the change across to a green future that much faster.
    It is conceived with the existing drone specifications yes, but with future personal transport and drones seemingly set to become just bigger/ smaller versions of each other this could one day serve as a major commuter/ logistics hub, charging, storing and maintaining the swath of electronic devices that transport goods, information and people of the future. And is the building intended only as a drone charge outlet? it would be madness if it was, how much would companies like DHL, Amazon, FedEx etc. pay for space in this building? what about media? marketing? my god just studying the flight paths and drone types/companies coming too and from one of these things would give a clever analyst sooo much information. Good on all point, don’t see any real negatives (other than drone noise which manufacturers are working on and improving every day). Go for Gold 🙂

  • the multitude of drones will be perfect to peek into the bathrooms of 432 park avenue

    mayhem says:

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