Dubai could soon be home to a tower which rotates 360 degrees every 90 minutes, if stalled plans for the project are finally given the green light.
David Fisher, the founder and chairman of Dynamic Architecture Group, first proposed the idea in 2008 but the global financial crisis and the downturn in the Dubai property market led to the ambitious plans being put on hold.
The new plans for the rotating tower, to be named the Dynamic Tower, will be 80 storeys high and will make a complete 360 degree rotation every 90 minutes.
The Dubai tower is expected to cost in the region of £355m ($541m), according to a report in the Daily Mail newspaper, while the company is also hoping to build versions in Moscow, Paris, London, Milan, Rome, New York and Miami.
The design includes nearly 79 giant wind turbines that will generate electricity to power the rotation of the floors.
Full details of the tower’s location, financing and construction timeframe have not been disclosed as Fisher said he wanted to keep secret so they would be a “surprise”, the report claimed.
Another obstacle may be the fact Fisher admits he has never designed a skyscraper before, let alone one as ambitious and complex as a rotating one.
“I did not design skyscrapers, but I feel ready to do so,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press news agency. “You can build anything.”