A shape-shifting, rotating skyscraper is set for Dubai by 2020
The 80-storey tower will constantly be changing shape as residents choose to rotate their homes.
A rotating skyscraper is set for Dubai by 2020, according to architectural firm Dynamic Group.
The 80-storey Dynamic Tower will be the world’s first skyscraper made up of separate rotating floors attached to a central column.
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 individual luxury apartment. 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 before being put on hold, the project is said to have been rekindled and is projected to be 420m tall when complete, making it the third tallest building in Dubai, after the Burj Khalifa (828m) and Marina 101 (432m).
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 tower will 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. Each apartment will then be fitted to the central column, piece by piece.
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 just over 1.2 billion).
However, Dynamic Group, the company behind the project, told What’s On back in 2016 they plan to have the tower finished by Expo 2020. Although they don’t yet have a confirmed location for where they’ll build or a construction date.
We’ll keep you posted.
Images: Dynamic Architecture