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The world’s first rotating skyscraper to be built in Dubai

Written by  TheStructuralEngineer.info

The proposed Dynamic Tower Hotel will have individually rotating units, allowing guests to swivel their rooms 360 degrees 

An 80-story dynamic shape-shifting skyscraper is the dream of the Israeli-Italian architect David Fisher and his company and if it becomes true, it will be the first 4D tower in the world as each of its floors will be able to rotate at command/will and independently. Residents will be able to control the direction and speed of their individual floors, while for one full rotation 180 minutes will be needed at maximum speed.

It will also be the world’s first prefabricated skyscraper, as most of its units will be constructed in a factory and just assembled on site, including all plumbing, electrical and air conditioning systems which will be installed on the concrete core right on location. The revolutionary ready-made technology offers high quality finishing, high quality control and the need for very few workers on site (from 2000 down to 90), with real cost and time savings, as building time can be reduced from 30 to 18 months. Also, due to it being made up of individual, separated floors, the skyscraper will be 1.3 times more resistant to earthquakes than any other normal building. As far as sustainability is concerned, the tower will be completely self-powered, producing its own energy with 79 horizontal-lying wind turbines between floors, as well as roof-mounted solar panels.

The building is expected to host the Dynamic Tower Hotel, while some of the units could be turned into apartments, costing from $4 million to $40 million each, according to CNN. Another interesting feature is an elevator for cars that will allow residents to park their vehicles next to their units. The Dynamic Group claims that the tower will not simply work as a hotel. 'Indeed, it will no longer be a 'hotel' but a new product in line with today's life. How many stars? This 'hotel' will be beyond stars.', mentions the group's website.

Fisher, who has planned similar buildings in London, Paris, New York and Moscow, was inspired to create this unique building in 2004 as he gazed out at the view from Olympic Tower, a 51-story skyscraper in New York City. "I noticed that from a certain spot you could see the East River and the Hudson River, both sides of Manhattan," Fisher wrote on Dynamic Architecture’s website. "That is when I thought to myself: 'Why don’t we rotate the entire floor? That way, everybody can see both the East River and the Hudson River, as well as Saint Patrick’s Cathedral!'" He also believes that hotels and homes should be able to 'move following the sun or the wind, and adjust to their tenants' life and mood'. 

Although the Dynamic Tower Hotel has been planned since 2008, construction has not yet started and there has been no official announcement of the building site. Last year however, Dynamic Architecture announced that the project, expected to cost over $330 million  will be completed by 2020. It is worth noting that a 4D building of smaller size already exists; it is Suite Vollard, which was completed in 2001 in Brazil.

Source: NBC news, The Independent, Dailymail 

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