Dubai is the land where eccentricities come true and the place that has shown the world that, with money, everything is possible and every day there are new developments in Dubai. The Arab emirate has passed, in less than a century, from being an arid and dead desert to being an oasis where luxury and innovation have established its kingdom, with the great skyscrapers as one of its hallmarks.
And, within its territory, incredible pioneering engineering and architecture works have been developed and at the forefront of world design. From the artificial palm-shaped peninsula known as the Palm Islands, through the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, and reaching The World, the artificial archipelago shaped like a map mundi.
When the Arab sheiks, the minority of the population, get an idea between eyebrow and eyebrow, however impossible it may seem, they end up transforming it into something real. Based on these premises and circumstances, it was inevitable that Dubai will enjoy the title of owning the first rotating skyscraper on the planet.
Designed by the prestigious architect David Fisher, this building was planned to begin construction in 2008, but due to the global economic crisis, the construction never began. In 2017, the promoters of the project ensure that everything necessary to start planting the first pillars of what will be one of the architectural jewels of history is ready and they estimate that it will be completed in 2020. The truth is that in September, the works are still paralyzed and there is no news that they will start building soon.
As for the technical and physical characteristics of the building, it will have a height of 420 meters spread over 80 floors. Each of the heights will house will be a single house whose price will be around 30 million dollars (about 25,553,700 euros at the current exchange rate).
Not suitable for those with affinity to get dizzy, each apartment can describe 360 degree circles every 90 minutes, regardless of the movement of the rest of the floors, which will offer its residents an incredible panoramic view of the entire landscape of Dubai.
Although the consequences of living like the tops have not been proven, the speed of rotation of the houses can be manipulated and regulated according to the wishes of the owners. The developers of the project point out that it can even be programmed to rotate depending on the position of the sun, something that would allow you to see both sunrise and sunset from the same room.
Giant wind turbines
But how will it spin? Isn’t it excessively expensive to constantly move an entire metallic colossus? To meet the energy demand required by the rotation, the tower will have 79 giant wind turbines and solar panels, which according to its designers, will generate so much energy that the building will be able to meet the demand of five other buildings of similar size in the area. According to Fisher himself, Dynamic Tower can generate up to 1,200,000 kilowatts per hour every year.
Another remarkable aspect that places this construction at the forefront of design is that it would be the first prefabricated skyscraper in history. Each floor would consist of 40 modules that will move from the place where they were manufactured to the place where the tower is located.
According to Fisher, 90% of the building could be built in factories and moved to its location, which would save costs and reduce construction time by up to 30% compared to other skyscrapers.
In addition, the core of the building, which would have all the connections and elevators, is the only element that should be built on site.