Basing itself on a singular vision for the future of drones, architectural dreamers Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao, and Chengda Zhu might just be onto something. Dubbed “The Hive,” this futuristic skyscraper, with its outer shell made out of drones, could easily transform the way we look at these autonomous sky robots forever.
“The Hive is an infrastructure project that can better meet the emerging demand for incorporating advanced Drone technology into daily life in New York City. The project was proposed as an alternative asset argument for the usage of the land on 432 Park Avenue.”
The shell of the building would contain modules. In each module there’d house nine different drones categorized by the shape and scale of their landing fixtures. The configurations of each drone would be based on an algorithmic form of geometry and articulation. Here drones would be able to dock horizontally onto corresponding platforms as the building accommodates the frequent animation of drone movement. As a result, the transparency of the building will shift as the drones continue to navigate on and off the facade.
Aptly named “The Hive,” the skyscraper’s design takes on the biomimetic form of a bee’s nest. This not only provides a pleasurable aesthetic to look at, but subsequently invokes a more collective and, yes, grander vision for how future drones should operate. We’re not just talking about a decentralized, chaotic market of personalized drones, operating as each individual sees fit; we’re talking about a single power source – a hub, if you will – for drones to be organized, collectivized, and incentivized for operations that’ll benefit humanity as a whole.
We can already see the potential of drones – delivery services, data collecting, news reporting, etc. How to organize them in a way which gets the FAA off their robotic backs and out fulfilling this vision is a question we need to seriously contemplate and discuss. The Hive represents a possibility for how this could be achieved. Whether or not we take inspiration from it and pursue it is another question entirely. My hopes are to pursue and continue moving forward into the future. How about you?