In 2006, architect David Fisher proposed an idea for a sustainable rotating tower in Dubai. However, it was just an idea; there were many hindrances that prevented it from becoming reality. It seems, though, that the dream is finally coming true, with the announcement of an opening date for the project in 2020.
David Fisher, founder of Dynamic Architecture Group, designed the 80-storey skyscraper, extending 420m above ground, such that each floor can rotate 360 degrees in both directions while being held firmly to a concrete core. The rotation will provide the residents of the tower with a 360-panoramic view of Dubai.
Fisher’s idea for the Rotating Tower was inspired by the Olympic Tower in New York. He explained on his firm’s website: “I noticed that from a certain spot you could see the East River and the Hudson River, both sides of Manhattan. 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!’”
The floors of the Rotating Tower will be fabricated and assembled in a factory, then they will be transported to the site and attached to the concrete core. The pre-fabricated units will be made of steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber material. The tower is, also, planned to be self-powered, where solar panels mounted to the terraces and wind turbines placed between every two floors will be generating the needed energy to operate the building.
The residents of this extraordinary tower will enjoy a set of high-tech features, which will include rotation by voice command at the desired speed and direction as well as a special elevator allowing residents to lift their cars and park them next to their apartments. However, these advantages will come at a very high cost which can, possibly, amount to $40 million. Although the tower’s opening date has been announced, Dynamic Architecture has not given a date for the beginning of construction yet.