The growing commercial use of unmanned aircraft led designers Hadeel Ayed Mohammad, Yifeng Zhao and Chengda Zhu to propose a skyscraper made exclusively for drones in the center of Manhattan. The project, named "The Hive," was awarded second place in the annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition.
“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 designers explained.
The project was proposed as an alternative asset argument for the usage of the land on 432 Park Avenue. It aims to create a central control terminal that hosts docking and charging stations for personal or commercial drones in the center of Manhattan. The tower allows drones to dock horizontally.
According to the U.S.-based Consumer Electronics Association, $300 million is the expected value of the drone consumer market by 2018.