Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rotating Skyscraper concept in Dubai

Innovation happens — of course Dubai-sized budgets help a LOT. Architect David Fisher’s design is certainly “outside the box thinking”. The video animation will give you a hint of how the super-rich might live there.
Dr. David Fisher’s Dynamic Tower is the first building in motion that will change its shape and add a fourth dimension to architecture: Time. The shape will be determined by each floor’s direction of rotation, speed, acceleration and the timing; with timing meaning how each floor rotates compared to the other. The rotation speed will be between 60 minutes and 24 hours for one revolution.
Residents, if they own the entire floor, are able to control the speed and direction of the rotation by voice command. One can have breakfast watching the sunrise, lunch viewing the open sea, and dinner overlooking the lights of the city - all from the same place inside their unit. The other floors will be commanded by the architect, by the mayor or whoever will have the password to the computer program that will give the building a different shape at every glance.
The building is designed to be factory built then self-erected via the central core.
Dr. David Fisher’s revolutionary Dynamic Tower, the first building in motion, is the first skyscraper to be entirely assembled in a factory from pre-fabricated parts. The factory-made construction process offers many of the advantages of any modern industrial product: conserving energy, reducing construction time and dramatically cutting costs. Each individual unit is completely finished at the Factory and exported worldwide to the assembly site , ready for quick and efficient installation.
Each module of each unit is fully equipped with all necessary plumbing and electric systems plus all finishes from floor to ceiling, customized according to the owners’ specifications, including bathrooms, kitchens, lighting and even furniture. The pre-fabricated module units are then simply hooked together mechanically and hoisted up the concrete core, completed from the top down. Due to their pre-fabrication, these buildings of the future will also be easy to maintain and repair, making them more durable than any traditional structure.
Dr. Fisher states, “Almost every product used today is the result of an industrial process and can be transported around the world, from cars and boats to computers and clothing. Factories are utilized due to their ease of access to raw materials, integrated production technologies, and efficient labor processes, which result in high quality at a relatively low er cost.” Dr. Fisher continues, “It is unbelievable that real estate and construction, which is the leading sector of the world economy, is also the most primitive. For example, most workers throughout the world still regularly use trowels that were first used by the Egyptians and then by the Romans. Buildings should not be different than any other product, and from now on they will be manufactured in a production facility.”
But there might be a few problems: Fisher acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and hasn’t practiced architecture regularly in decades. But he insisted his lack of experience wouldn’t stop him from completing the project, which has attracted top design talent, including Leslie E. Robertson, the structural engineer for the World Trade Center and the Shanghai World Financial Center.
“I did not design skyscrapers, but I feel ready to do so,” Fisher said.

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