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Tower that will change shape with motion

From Rotating Tower, Rotating City, Dubai graduates to the 'Tower in Motion' - that will change its shape as individual floors of the 68-level tower rotate at their own pace, creating a maze in line with the building's external facade.

  • By Saifur Rahman Business Editor
  • Published: 00:08 June 21, 2008
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Source: www.dynamicarchitecture.net
  • The 'tower in motion' - the world's first such building - is a revolutionary project based on Dynamic Architecture.

Dubai: From Rotating Tower, Rotating City, Dubai graduates to the 'Tower in Motion' - that will change its shape as individual floors of the 68-level tower rotate at their own pace, creating a maze in line with the building's external facade.

The 'tower in motion' - the world's first such building - is a revolutionary project based on Dynamic Architecture, a new concept introduced by Florentine architect David Fisher last year will be unveiled in New York this week, Gulf News has learnt.

"The dynamic tower, to be constructed in Dubai and Moscow with other locations planned worldwide, offers infinite design possibilities, as each floor rotates independently to create a building that constantly changes shape," organisers of the launch event said in a statement obtained by Gulf News last night.

"Dynamic architecture is a total revolution in the 3,000 year history of man building homes. This architecture is unique in that it is so close to daily life, marks the industrialisation of buildings thus impacting hugely on the real estate sector, and generates its own clean energy for the building. The concept was born in the Renaissance city of Florence and now it will come to life for the first time in Dubai, the city of the future," Fisher said.

"The dynamic tower utilises wind turbines to generate electricity for itself, making it the first designed to be self powered. It is also the first skyscraper to be built entirely from pre-fabricated parts custome made in workshops."

Fisher last year disclosed the project at a press conference in Dubai last April which appears to have received the financial and technological backing from a Dubai developer over the past year. "Built in association with local entrepre-neurs, the tower will comprise a 6-star hotel, offices and apartments of various sizes besides five villas on the top floor," said a report.

"Each of the villas will have designated parking on the same floor with vehicles brought up and down in special elevators. The roof of the 'Penthouse' villa will also have a swimming pool, a garden and an Arabian majlis." For a quick return home, the tower will have a retractable heliport, a platform that will extend from the shell of the building at the 64th floor at the moment of landing, thus maintaining the ergo-nomics of the tower.

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