The Dynamic Tower (also known as Dynamic Architecture Building or the Da Vinci Tower) is a planned 420-metre (1,378 ft), 80-floor moving skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, designed by architect David Fisher.
Similar to the Suite Vollard completed in 2001 in Brazil, each floor will be able to rotate independently. This will result in a constantly changing shape of the tower. Each floor will rotate a maximum of 6 metres (20 ft) per minute, or one full rotation in 90 minutes.
It will be the world's first prefabricated skyscraper with 40 factory-built modules for each floor. 90% of the tower will be built in a factory and shipped to the construction site. This will allow the entire building to be built in only 22 months. The core of the tower will be built at the construction site. Part of this prefabrication will be the decrease in cost and number of workers (90 at the work site and 600 in the factory instead of 2,000 needed). The total construction time will be over 30% less than a normal skyscraper of the same size. The majority of the workers will be in factories, where it will be much safer. The modules will be pre installed including kitchen and bathroom fixtures. The core will serve each floor with a special, patented connection for clean water, based on technology used to refuel airplanes in mid-flight.
The entire tower will be powered from wind turbines and solar panels. Enough surplus electricity should be produced to power five other similar sized buildings in the vicinity. The turbines will be located between each of the rotating floors. They could generate up to 1,200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. The solar panels will be located on the roof and the top of each floor.
The estimated cost of building the Dynamic Tower in Dubai, where each of 80 floors will rotate independently, has been put at Dh2 billion by its developer.
The tower is expected to cost around Dh2 billion (£355million), Italian architect Dr David Fisher from Florence who owns the Rotating Tower Technology Company, told the Daily Mail.
The tower, industry sources said, was planned to come up on the Sheikh Zayed Road.
According to Dr Fisher, each floor of the tower will take only six days to assemble around the core once permission is granted and the concrete structures are in place. Thus, the 80 floors will be completed in mere 480 days.
The tower has been designed with swimming pools, gardens and even lifts for cars to park outside their apartments.
In a statement issued to this website in March 2011, the developer had said that it is keen to put the project back on track in Dubai with plans to unveil similar towers across the Gulf countries.
“The Dynamic Tower in Dubai is on hold. Of course, Dr David Fisher and our team would be delighted to have the tower in Dubai on track,” the company had said.
However, the company had till then not secured funding for its Dubai project. Besides, it had not sold any apartment despite getting “many requests from all over the world.”
The 420-metre building's apartments would spin a full 360 degrees, at voice command, around a central column by means of power-generating wind turbines.
The first 20 floors will be for retail space, the next 15 for a hotel, the next 35 floors will have residential apartments and the top 10 floors will have luxury villa-style apartments.
The company has announced plans to build one in Moscow as well and other cities include London, Milan, Paris, Rome, New York and Miami.
According to Daily Mail, each of the Dynamic Towers are designed to be self-sustaining and can generate electricity from wind and solar power. Up to 79 wind turbines will be fitted to each floor to generate enough energy to fuel the building's electricity.
Fisher also claimed that the buildings would be able to identify changes in climate and temperature and regulate energy through the building's surface.
Being an “intelligent” building, it will also be able to manage the internal temperature of rooms automatically - making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, he maintained.
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