|Residents will be able to control the rotation speed and direction of their apartment through voice activation. Fancy catching a bit of afternoon sun? “Turn left 90 degrees.” Want to mess around with the window cleaner? “Rotate right, max speed.”|
There’s going to be a rotating skyscraper in Dubai by 2020: An 80-storey ‘Dynamic Tower’ will be standing in Dubai by 2020 is everything goes to plan, architectural firm Dynamic Group has told us. When built it will be the world’s first skyscraper consisting of separate rotating floors attached to a central column, and inside there will be luxury apartments (natch).
If you’re wondering what a rotating skyscraper actually is, it’s very much as the name suggests. Residents will be able to control the rotation speed and direction of their apartment through voice activation. Fancy catching a bit of afternoon sun? “Turn left 90 degrees.” Want to mess around with the window cleaner? “Rotate right, max speed.”
Proposed back in 2008 by architect David Fisher, the tower aims to be 420m tall, which would make it the second tallest building in Dubai, as well as the second tallest residential tower in the world behind New York’s 432 Park Avenue (which stands at 425.5m).
The Dynamic Tower will also generate its own energy through 79 wind turbines placed between each floor, as well as solar panelling that will coat both the roof of the building and the roof of each level. The surplus energy acquired from the turbines and solar panels will produce enough electricity to power five other similarly sized buildings.
The tower will also be the world’s first prefabricated skyscraper, with Fisher saying that up to 90 percent of the tower, excluding the central column, could be built in a factory and then shipped to the construction site. Doing so would not only decrease both the costs of the project and the amount of workers needed, but would also allow for the tower to be built up to 30 percent quicker than a skyscraper of a similar size. Saying that, the project is still set to cost Dhs1,212,007,500 (yes, that’s billions).
It has been quite a while since the Dynamic Tower’s official proposal, and we are yet to see a construction date. However, Dynamic Group, the company behind the project told What’s On that they plan to have the tower finished by EXPO 2020. Although they don’t yet have a confirmed location for where they’ll build.
They also told us that they’ve already registered the patent that guarantees them priority rights to any building in motion in the GCC: this shows that the Dynamic Group are getting very serious about building that dancing tower soon.