Dynamic Tower

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Dynamic Tower
Dynamic tower.jpg
Dynamic Tower in July 2014
General information
Type Hotel
Office [1]
Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Cost USD 330 million [1]
Roof 420 metres (1,378 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 80 [2]
Design and construction
Architect David Fisher [1][3]
Developer Dynamic Architecture [4]

The Dynamic Tower (also known as Dynamic Architecture Building or the Da Vinci Tower) is a planned[5] 420-metre (1,378 ft), 80-floor moving skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, designed by architect David Fisher.[2][6]

Similar to the Suite Vollard completed in 2001 in Brazil,[7] each floor will be able to rotate independently.[3] This will result in a constantly changing shape of the tower. Each floor will rotate a maximum of 6 metres (20 ft) per minute, or one full rotation in 90 minutes.[1][3]

It will be the world's first prefabricated skyscraper with 40 factory-built modules for each floor.[1][8] 90% of the tower will be built in a factory and shipped to the construction site.[1] This will allow the entire building to be built in only 22 months.[6] The core of the tower will be built at the construction site.[1] Part of this prefabrication will be the decrease in cost and number of workers (90 at the work site and 600 in the factory instead of 2,000 needed).[9] The total construction time will be over 30% less than a normal skyscraper of the same size.[10] The majority of the workers will be in factories, where it will be much safer.[10] The modules will be preinstalled including kitchen and bathroom fixtures. The core will serve each floor with a special, patented connection for clean water, based on technology used to refuel airplanes in mid-flight.[8]

The entire tower will be powered from wind turbines and solar panels. Enough surplus electricity should be produced to power five other similar sized buildings in the vicinity.[4] The turbines will be located between each of the rotating floors.[11] They could generate up to 1,200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. The solar panels will be located on the roof and the top of each floor.[4][10][11]

In 2008, Fisher said that he expected the skyscraper to be completed in 2010.[2] In 2009, Fisher said construction would be complete in late 2011.[12] However, as of January 2013, construction has not started yet, and there has been no official announcement of the building site. Fisher did not "say where the tower would be built, [...] because he wanted to keep it a surprise."[12] Fisher acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and has not practiced architecture regularly in decades.


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Da Vinci Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Dubai plans 'moving' skyscraper". BBC Online. 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dubai Puts a New Spin on Skyscrapers" (PDF). Wall Street Journal. 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dynamic Architecture Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Dynamic Tower project to be back on track". gowealthy.com. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  6. ^ a b "Fisher baits industry over Dynamic Tower location". ArabianBusiness.com. 2009-02-14. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  7. ^ Randl, Chad (2008). Revolving Architecture. A History of Buildings That Rotate, Swivel, and Pivot. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. p. 188. ISBN 978-1568986814. 
  8. ^ a b Rocca, Francis X. (2009-02-11). "Believe Him or Not, He Puts a Fresh Spin on Architecture". WSJ.com. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  9. ^ "UAE's Dynamic Tower will be 'factory built'". ArabianBusiness.com. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  10. ^ a b c "Construction". Dynamic Architecture. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  11. ^ a b "Green Construction". Dynamic Architecture. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  12. ^ a b "Towers take turn for the worse". The National. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  13. ^ Caruso, David (2008-06-25). "Architect hopes new skyscraper keeps us spinning". The Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
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