Drones have taken the world by storm, with people finding use for them in the military, in marketing, in construction, in hobbies, and possibly soon for deliveries (i.e. Amazon). There's also developer looking into large drones as personal flying vehicles. Over the next 50 years as the tech gets better and the government gets more comfortable with a Jetson-style transportation mode for everyday use, people will need somewhere to park their drones when they get home from work.
Charles Bombardier has come up with a Drone Tower concept which could fuel the future of multifamily architecture.
In an article for Wired, Bombardier details how it might work:
Maybe an innovative architectural firm will even pitch the idea of building a ‘drone-ready’ condo tower in Japan or Dubai in the coming months—and maybe it will sell faster than we think.
That’s the basis for my Drone Tower, which would look like a futuristic condo building, with large balconies built to accommodate small electric aircraft or shipping drones. You wouldn’t need to buy your own drone, you’d simply order a ride with an app like a taxi—and hop in right from your terrace.
Large balconies are always welcome in swanky condos, but they could be so much more if they obliterated your need to use the stairs or elevator, or to even get in a car or subway to reach your office tower.