2008-proposed rotating tower planned for Dubai in time for Expo

Plans to resume construction of the rotating ‘Dynamic Tower’ designed by architecture firm Dynamic Group is back in action, with the architects stating 2020 as the date for completion, according to WhatsOn magazine. 

If built, the tower will be the world’s first skyscraper consisting of separate rotating floors that are attached to a central column, housing residential units.

Proposed back in 2008 by architect David Fisher, the tower is planned to be 420m tall, which will make it the second tallest building in Dubai, in addition to being the second tallest residential building in the world with New York’s 432 Park Avenue building coming in first place with 425.5m.

The rotation of the structure will be controlled by the residents, who are able to adjust the rotating speed and direction of the apartment through voice activation.

It will also generate its own energy through 79 wind turbines that are placed between each floor, as well as solar panelling that will cover the roof of the building as well as the roof on each level of the tower.

The surplus energy from the turbines and solar panels is planned to produce enough electricity to power five other similarly sized buildings.

Another record planned for the Dynamic Tower is being the world’s first prefabricated skyscraper, with architect Fisher stating that up to 90% of the tower, excluding the central column, could be built in a factory and shipped to the site.

The cost still remains at Dh 1.2 billion with plans for the tower to be completed by Expo 2020.


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One Response to 2008-proposed rotating tower planned for Dubai in time for Expo

  1. Thom Bohlen says:

    This project has been on the back burner for several years. Rotating each floor level is unique to say the least, but allowing the occupants to chose which way they rotate and at which speed, unless each floor only has one owner occupant, will likely result in a discordant rotation, not the smooth snake like rotation represented in the video. So unless the floor rotation is coordinated, the result will usually look like the top picture in this article, the tower on the far right, which is the least appealing. A more sustainable approach would be designing a tower to rotate to follow the solar path, allowing façade placed solar panels to be exposed to the maximum solar exposure during daytime.

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