(CNN) -- Ambitious plans to build a revolutionary 420-meter shape-shifting skyscraper in Dubai have been unveiled by architects.
The 80-story Dynamic Tower, described as the "world's first building in motion," will also be the first skyscraper constructed from prefabricated units, according to a press statement released by New York-based architect David Fisher's Dynamic Group.
Each floor would be capable of rotating independently, powered by wind turbines fitted between each floor
I'm not so sure I'd want to have to stock up on dramamine just to go to the office every day. It's a neat concept, and it'll be cool if they can pull it off, but for the money there's no way it's practical.
This guy sounds a bit sketchy, but this sounds awesome. I don't know much about the UAE but I hope they are more stable than middle east neighbors, would hate to see this tower take a fall. (I mean, those are the least of my concerns, but for the sake of the topic)
aaawall91 wrote:This guy sounds a bit sketchy, but this sounds awesome. I don't know much about the UAE but I hope they are more stable than middle east neighbors, would hate to see this tower take a fall. (I mean, those are the least of my concerns, but for the sake of the topic)
UAE is a small country with a few guys who are obscenely rich. Probably best known for spending huge amounts of money on gimmicky things like this. Check out this slideshow of stuff they've built over there or have currently under construction.
One thing I wondered about is wind shear. I've read that large structures are heavily reinforced to deal with it, but what happens when each level of the building is out of sync with the other and creates huge drag. I'm guessing that building will sway alot, and I frankly don't like being more than a foot off the ground, let alone hundreds of feet up and in a building going to and fro.
Having dined in the Calgary Tower and Seattle Space Needle (both of which rotate), I can say the novelty wears off after about 90 minutes - don't think I'd want to live or work in a building that kept rotating.
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