Dynamic Tower

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Dynamic Tower
General information
StatusNever completed
TypeHotel
Residential
Office [1]
Location United Arab Emirates
Cost AED1.2 billion, $330 million [1]
Height
Architectural420 metres (1,378 ft) [2]
Technical details
Floor count80 [2]
Design and construction
Architect David Fisher [1] [3]
DeveloperDynamic Architecture [4]

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

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Similar to the Suite Vollard completed in 2001 in Brazil, [6] each floor is designed to rotate independently, [3] resulting in a changing shape of the tower. Each floor is designed to rotate a maximum of 6 metres (20 ft) per minute, or one full rotation in 180 minutes. [1] [3]

It was proposed as the world's first prefabricated skyscraper with 40 factory-built modules for each floor. [1] [7] Fisher said that 90% of the tower could be built in a factory and shipped to the construction site. [1] This would allow the entire building to be built more quickly. [5] The core of the tower must be built at the construction site. [1] Fisher said that the prefabricated portions would decrease the project's cost and the number of workers, [8] and that construction will take 30% less time than a normal skyscraper of the same size. [9] The majority of the workers would be in factories, working under safer conditions. [9] 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. [7]

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. [4] The turbines would be located between each of the rotating floors. [10] Fisher said that they could generate up to 1,200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy each year. The solar panels are expected to cover the roof and the top of each floor. [4] [9] [10]

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. [11] Fisher did not "say where the tower would be built, [...] because he wanted to keep it a surprise." [11] Fisher acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and has not practiced architecture regularly in decades. [12] As of 2020, construction has not started, and there has been no official announcement of the building site.

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