A small team of engineers, architects and construction specialists have completed a “space elevator” project in Queensland’s South Brisbane neighbourhood.
Key points:The building will contain a “large volume” of aluminium and concrete, and will be “designed to be an ideal platform for astronauts”The building is being built by a local firm and has a projected completion date of mid-2020The project has been in the works for several years, but construction has now begunThe building has been built by Brisbane-based architecture firm HCL, which is “working closely” with construction team Hinkley.
“The project is one of the first in the world to be designed to be a platform for an astronaut, with a large volume of aluminium, concrete and steel for supporting the structure,” the company said in a statement.
The “small-scale, modular building” is about the size of a “typical office building”, and will feature a large “space-age” aluminium platform.
The project will include a “small volume” to store “the materials needed to build the structure”, with “a large volume” being used to store the “components” needed for a space elevator.
“We will also use this building as a space-age assembly site, where we will assemble the elements for a larger structure,” it said.
“All of this will be powered by solar power and hydrogen, and we will be using local materials.”
The structure is “designed for an ideal space-elevator platform”, with a “greatly reduced environmental footprint”, according to the company.
The space elevator will be built using “a new form of steel fabrication”, it added.
The building’s “large volumes” of “aluminium and concrete” are being sourced from “several local suppliers”, according the firm, which said it is “part of a global programme to supply large volumes of high-value materials to our clients”.
“We are working closely with the construction team at Hinkleys team to build this building,” it added, without providing any further details.
Hinkley said the project was part of a wider collaboration with the firm to “create a sustainable building practice in the city”.
“As part of this, we have partnered with the local community to help create a space building practice which incorporates the local architectural and engineering community,” it told News.
“Our team is currently working with a number of local contractors and subcontractors to create a structure which is ‘off-grid’ in nature and to provide the building with all of the tools and support that it needs to meet the building’s structural and environmental requirements.”
“As a result of this partnership, Hinkles team has developed a unique structure for the space elevator which is unique in its design, which can support the structure’s weight and the load it is designed to carry, whilst still allowing the building to be environmentally sustainable,” it continued.
“Hinkleys work is currently in progress on the project and we hope to have a full construction site completed by the end of the year.”
Construction has been under way for more than two years.
Construction began in 2016, but a decision to phase out the process was made earlier this year, with the first building expected to be finished by mid-2019.
Construction is expected to last about 18 months.