Would you live in this huge skyscraper suspended from an asteroid?

PHOTO: Clouds Architecture Office

This is a new one: An architecture firm has released speculative plans to build a tower suspended from an asteroid that would hang down to Earth.

Yes, you read that correctly.

This building - named the Analemma tower - would be the tallest in the world, according to Clouds Architecture Office.

The name of the tower refers to the figure-eight pattern the sun would make if you tracked it at the same time of day from the same place, every day for one year.

"By placing a large asteroid into orbit over earth, a high strength cable can be lowered towards the surface of earth from which a super tall tower can be suspended," Clouds AO said in a statement about the project.

Photo: Clouds Architecture Office

"... If the recent boom in residential towers proves that sales price per square foot rises with floor elevation, then Analemma Tower will command record prices, justifying its high cost of construction," the firm added.

There are some important caveats that would come with this building, however.

For example, it wouldn't be stationary.

During the course of 24 hours, the building would travel in a figure-eight pattern that would bring it above New York City and other locations farther south. Its path would be the same every day, according to the firm.

The building itself would be a pretty stunning thing to behold if it ever comes to fruition.

Photo: Clouds Architecture Office

Of course this whole design is speculative, and there's no guarantee anything will ever come of it.

There are some serious hurdles to overcome in the building of this tower.

First of all, scientists still don't know exactly how to tow an asteroid into orbit around Earth, and it doesn't look like we're going to find out anytime soon.

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