Frank Lloyd Wright tried. We're doing this. The 'Tower of Britain' (aka 'The Great British Super Tower') is a proposed MILE TALL and mixed-use Arthurian megastructure to be erected in the British City of Manchester by a team of architects and engineers - and you. This record-breaking tower will be flanked by three or four mega-sculptures modelled on the Argonath monuments of Isildur and Anarion that are depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy saga, The Lord of the Rings.
Each of the Tower of Britain's 'guardian monuments' will rise to the height of Manhattan's One World Trade Centre skyscraper and will be assembled from prefabricated graphene-enhanced concrete components of each of their body parts. The individuals depicted by these 'Argonaths' will be selected by the British people from a list of national heroes like Boudicca, Winston Churchill, Florence Nightingale and Horatio Nelson.
In what would be the world’s single largest NFT project, the Tower of Britain is to be funded by tokenizing the skyscraper as an NFT, placing it on marketplaces like Opensea and exchanges like Coinbase where investors the world over would be able to purchase one of 10,000 unique Tower NFTs towards our goal of raising the estimated £10 billion budget with which to erect this stupendous gigatower.
Conceived to be designed by a star-studded and blockbusting architectural 'Dream Team' comprised of Renzo Piano, Bjarke Ingels, Adrian Smith, Rem Koolhaas, Sir David Adjaye and Sir Norman Foster - and built to, among other things, inspire STEM engagement and reset the horizons of human endeavour - this 1660-metre tall engineering marvel will demolish prevailing notions of what is possible and bring us all face-to-face with our collective genius as a species.
Outfitted with mile-tall (and Virgin hyperloop-powered) ‘Velocicoaster’, 'Zumanjaro' and ‘Tower of Terror’ rides, Armani and Gucci hotels, Prada and Dior penthouses, Versace and Fendi apartments, Givenchy and Valentino IMAX theatres, Dolce & Gabbana workspaces, the Tower of Britain 'superscraper' will also feature shopping malls, bars and restaurants, observation decks and a brand-new British university - the University of Rochdale.
Among its numerous spin-offs, the Tower of Britain - as the world's leading tourist attraction - could:
- Double, or even triple, annual tourism to the UK and skyrocket Britain's GDP
- Launch Hyperloop and MAGLEV as a new form of global transportation
- Revolutionize our understanding and experience of the Earth's gravity
As the "Stonehenge of the 21st Century", this Tolkienian Tower of Britain will be built entirely of graphene-enhanced concrete and erected in a countryside setting in order to ensure that one’s view of its jaw-dropping mile-high dimensions will be unobscured by any surrounding structures.
Like a titanic global lighthouse, this colossal 5446-foot net-zero planetary beacon - a vertical city in its own right - will beckon millions of pilgrims towards its staggering proportions in a hypnotic stupor. As it soars into the heavens, sightseers will be left dazed by this supertower's gravity-defying magnificence and able to do nothing more than behold its monumental magnitude in spellbound surrender.
As a demarcation point in the history of design, this crowd-funded British Tower will attract buyers and investors like none that preceded it. And like the 828m high Burj Khalifa that can be seen from 95km away, the mile-tall Tower of Britain - when illuminated in its full holographic grandeur - will be visible to every Briton from Land's End to John o' Groats as the world's first and only architectural wonder that can be viewed from any location in its host country.
This engineering miracle will make it possible for anyone across the UK to look in a particular direction and say, “I can see Manchester from here.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Bitakaramire is an experienced ecommerce and marketing professional as well as a published writer whose articles have appeared in Britain’s Spectator magazine and elsewhere.