Thursday, June 26, 2008

Moving skyscraper

BBC reports [edited]

The world's first moving building, a 80-storey tower with revolving floors giving an shifting shape, will be built in Dubai, its architect says. The Dynamic Tower design is made up of 80 pre-fabricated apartments which will spin independently of one another.

The 420-metre building's apartments would spin a full 360 degrees, at voice command, around a central column by means of 79 giant power-generating wind turbines located between each floor.

The slender building would be energy self-sufficient as the turbines would produce enough electricity to power the entire building and even feed extra power back into the grid, said the Italian architect at the unveiling of the project in New York.
The apartments, which will take between one and three hours to make a complete rotation, will cost from $3.7m to $36m.

The skyscraper will cost an estimated $700m to build and should be up and running in Dubai in 2010.

Thanks to Tim Roberts for the link


BJMonkey said...

And just as you press the button you need the loo, and realise that you're on the wrong floor. You have to wait an hour before you can go downstairs. Ha!

BigBadPete said...

It would be the ultimate challenge to climb up the outside of this one, and I bet there will be a rush to be the first.

soraneko said...

Makes me think of Harry Potter... .... that just me? Ok... :(

brett jordan said...

yep, just you :-) *hug* dad xoxo