We can view Dubai as the home of many man-made wonders: we can find the largest artificial island in the world, the largest shopping center in the world, the tallest building in the world. However, some extravagant projects have never been realized and we do not know if these will be realized. These include, for example, the International Chess City but the project was quickly shelved, we can mention also the Dubai City Tower, a 400 floor mega-scraper, or we can still remember the Anara Tower but the project was shelved soon after. We do not know if in this list we can also insert the Dynamic tower by David Fisher.
This project, first announced in 2008 before being put on hold, nowadays was rekindled. According to the ‘‘daily mail’’ the Rotating Dubai skyscraper will be built in 2020 and will allow guests to turn their rooms to 360 degrees. It will host a hotel and sky villas where residents will have also a car parks on each floor.
As we have seen the idea is by architect David Fisher. In fact, a few years ago, he thought that looking out of the Olympic Tower in New York from a certain area of the tower you can see both the East River and the Hudson River but turning the floor, everyone could see them.
What seems like a science fiction theme could soon become a reality. This is a tower 400 meters high that can change its shape according to the wishes of the occupants. In the skyscrapers designed by the Italian-Israeli architect David Fisher there is nothing of static: thanks to particular construction techniques these should be able to move and constantly change their shape. For example, to follow the movement of the Sun or wind or, more simply, to offer those who occupy them always new landscapes. Basically, each floor of these towers is autonomous and can rotate on itself 360 ° regardless of what happens above or below. The result is that, seen from the outside, these skyscrapers are real sculptures hundreds of meters in continuous movement.
How would it work? According to Mr. Fisher, each apartment would be able to rotate independently of 360 degrees, with adjustable speed. The floors will rotate at a speed of 6 meters per minute: a complete rotation will take 180 minutes. The construction of these futuristic buildings uses innovative technologies: each floor of the tower is a set of prefabricated modules that are built inside factories with industrial processes.
Basically, the project is based on three fundamental concepts:
- It is dynamic because each floor can rotate
- It is industrially produced being made of prefabricated modules. About 90 percent of the building will be prefabricated and then assembled on the central core
- It is green because it will use the energy of the wind and the heat of the sun to produce useful energy.
As we can see from the picture before, a fixed core would be built containing the elevator, with the apartments connected to the center. All the systems, the subdivision of the internal spaces and the finishes are made previously in the factory and customized according to the indications and wishes of the customers. After that the modules must be assembled together, overlapping one another and hooked to the reinforced concrete supporting structure, which houses all the mechanisms necessary for rotation, the elevators, the stairs and the central systems.
Therefore, it should be the world’s first prefabricated skyscraper, where individual units will be built off site, including hydraulic and electrical connections, before being hung from the central core. Aluminum, steel and carbon fiber should be widely used for the construction of the modules: thanks to these lightweight and resistant materials and to the construction technique, the dynamic high-rise buildings will have a high seismic resistance. But not only, they can also be built with less manpower compared to the traditional building and 30% faster. According to the project video, residents would get a series of views because the room would rotate slowly during the day and could be controlled by the voice command. Thus, they will be able to control rotation speeds and prevent their apartment from rotating with voice commands. They can decide when and how to rotate.
Here is how it should work:
Furthermore, the interested aspect is not only that the Fisher’s Rotating Tower project is innovative in design and architecture, but it is that recognizes the attention to the environment and the industrial production process as key points in the city of the future. In fact, the towers will be equipped with wind turbines positioned horizontally between each of the rotating floor and the other and with solar roofs that will guarantee to each floor, and therefore to the whole building, the total energy autonomy. “It’s a green power plant, it will power the whole building,” said Fisher. More, he add that they could generate up to 1,200,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year. Solar panels should cover the roof and the top of each floor. The skyscraper will therefore be completely self-sufficient from an energy point of view, so the inhabitants will not have to worry about the electricity bill.
Solar panels will be installed on the roof, and 48 individual wind turbines will be hidden in between the floors to provide power. According to the architect, the building will generate up to 10 times more energy than it will use.
We must consider that the project is not very current (it should have been completed in 2014) and that it is not certain that it will be realized by the year 2020. Despite the modernity of the city of Dubai and the already present majestic works, this invention generates many doubts and perplexities. Moreover, we have little certainty about its realization. Details on when the project could start and where it could be located have not yet been provided. Finally, the price. According to Futurism magazine, Dubai tower is expected to cost around £355 million. Furthermore, this plan provides for the construction of similar buildings in cities such as London, Paris, New York and Moscow. But how many people could afford an apartment like this? Could this ambitious project become a real work? Now skepticism prevails: the project still looks like a “vision of the future” rather than a real construction plan.
However, we are indeed destined for change. Mr. Fisher said: “the current state of the houses of today does not reflect the real life of people, where everything is constantly changing”
We should not be surprised if then in a not so distant future in the biggest cities we could admire buildings like these.