Skyscraper Skywalks: Taking Convenience to New Heights

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July, 2018

Skyscrapers have been around ever since 1855, and skywalks were soon to follow. It seems as though architects and construction companies are eager to keep building the biggest, tallest skyscraper, which means that we’re expecting to see some pretty extreme skywalks in the near future. This week, we’re exploring the construction of skyscraper skywalks!

an example of long skyscraper skywalks overlooking the forest

What’s a skywalk?

Skywalks are simply enclosed overhead walkways that connect two buildings. Over the past few decades, various countries have taken skywalks to the next level, from skywalks made of all glass and plunging through mountains to skywalks filled with beautiful art and lighting. While most of us haven’t been lucky enough to experience these places, you’ve most likely walked through one on your way from the parking garage to the airport, or even one in our own downtown Lincoln, Nebraska.

Taking skyscrapers to new levels

Raffles City Chongqing in China is beginning an unbelievable project that will begin with eight skyscrapers. These skyscrapers will contain everything you could imagine: homes, shops, offices, entertainment, to transportation links and even a public park. Essentially, if you live within these eight buildings, you’d have to leave the block. This is especially appealing in a city where traffic can be overbearing and transportation can be difficult to come by. Offering residents all of their needs within an extremely small space provides a new level of convenience.

an ants-eye view of skyscrapers and a skywalk connecting two buildings

Now…how to get from building to building?

The architects wanted to find a way for residents to easily move from skyscraper to skyscraper. Their solution? Add a skyscraper horizontally across the other eight. This horizontal skyscraper will act as a conservatory and hold multiple restaurants, a hotel lobby, a members only club, and an outdoor viewing deck. It will need to “float” over the other skyscrapers to allow for the natural swaying of the structure. In addition, the entire eight-building structure will rest on an earthquake zone, so by not fully attaching the top piece the rest of the buildings will be more tolerant of small earthquakes. Once complete, this horizontal skyscraper will be the largest skywalk in the world, and China is hoping it will attract tourism.

Will this really work?

In theory, this is true architectural brilliance in work. People will be able to move from building to building without ever needing to go to the ground floor. In addition, this could begin a revolution in cities to help utilize more air space rather than building outward, helping reduce the effects of urban sprawl. However, many people feel skeptical of the safety of this structure. At well over 42 stories high, can this skyscraper truly remain horizontal in an earthquake zone without sustaining any foundational complications? In addition, many residents feel frustrated that this structure will block the sun, worrying that this might begin a trend of large cities disregarding the importance of sunshine on the human body.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this giant project, and whether or not you’d like to see something like this in your own city? For now, we’ll keep our sights set at improving the quality of homes already built by helping homeowners with their exterior projects. If you need help on your own project, whether it’s roofing, siding, or new window installation in Lincoln Nebraska, call us today for a free estimation!

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