Thursday, October 13, 2016

The 80 Story Rotating Modular Dynamic Tower of Dubai

If you think there is nothing new in commercial modular construction, think again.

The Dynamic Tower (also known as Dynamic Architecture Building or the Da Vinci Tower) is a proposed 1,378 ft, 80-floor moving modular skyscraper, designed by architect David Fisher, Dynamic Architecture.

Similar to the Suite Vollard completed in 2001 in Brazil, each floor is designed to rotate independently, resulting in a changing shape of the tower. Each floor is designed to rotate a maximum of 20 ft per minute, or one full rotation in 180 minutes.

It was proposed as the world's first prefabricated skyscraper with 40 factory-built modules for each floor. Fisher said that 90% of the tower could be built in a factory and shipped to the construction site. This would allow the entire building to be built more quickly. The core of the tower must be built at the construction site.

Fisher said that the prefabricated portions would decrease the project's cost and the number of workers, and that construction will take 30% less time than a normal skyscraper of the same size. The majority of the workers would be in factories, working under safer conditions. Kitchen and bathroom fixtures would be pre-installed. The core would serve each floor with a special, patented connection for clean water, based on technology used to refuel airplanes in mid-flight.

The entire tower is proposed to be powered from wind turbines and solar panels. Enough surplus electricity should be produced to power five other similar sized buildings in the vicinity. The turbines would be located between each of the rotating floors. Fisher said that they could generate up to 1,200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. The solar panels are expected to cover the roof and the top of each floor.

The tower is expected to constantly change its shape.

As of 2016, construction of the Dynamic Tower has not started, but there are rumors that it could be a reality by 2020.

1 comment:

Tom Hardiman said...

Not that I don't believe them, but I don't believe them. MBI wrote about this project in 2007 and nothing yet. I think the construction industry in North America has a lot of ground to gain on European countries, but this one is a little "out there."