Planned Skyscraper Will Morph Before Your Eyes

Dynamic Tower in Dubai would feature rotating apartments
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2017 3:47 PM CST

An architect's bold vision or a crazy idea doomed to never get off the ground? Time will tell in Dubai. The city is known for its impressive architectural feats, but one structure in the works has the potential to be more awe-inspiring than the rest. Dynamic Architecture is designing an 80-story tower that qualifies as a shape-shifter, at times transforming from a curvy design to one that resembles a stack of Jenga blocks, as each apartment rotates 360 degrees. To visualize what CNN calls the "first rotating skyscraper," see this Your Discovery Science video. In it, architect David Fisher explains that the 1,273-foot Dynamic Tower "will never look the same" because each resident will have control over the position of their apartment and the speed at which it spins around a stationary core.

Fisher says he was inspired by a visit to New York's Olympic Tower, in which he saw the appeal of a rotating floor offering 360-degree views of a city, per Dynamic Architecture's website. But a view of both the sunrise and sunset wouldn't the only perk for residents, who would have to shell out up to $40 million. They would also receive free electricity from 79 wind turbines sandwiched between the building's floors, and a special elevator would let them to park their vehicles outside their apartments. So when and where exactly? Stay tuned. Fisher says he's planning to have it built by 2020, but no details were provided beyond that, reports the National. A post at What' notes that Dynamic has registered for the appropriate patents, suggesting that it's indeed serious about what the site calls its "dancing tower." (There could be a new tallest building by 2020.)

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