Toronto - Also known as the Da Vinci Tower, Dubai’s rotating skyscraper will be the first 4D structure in the world, according to the Khaleej Times.
Toronto – Also known as the Da Vinci Tower, Dubai’s rotating skyscraper will be the first 4D structure in the world, according to the Khaleej Times.
The Architecture firm in charge of the design and construction of the building has announced it will be ready for occupancy by 2020. Announced in 2006, there are as yet no dates being talked about for the official ground breaking.
When complete, the skyscraper will incorporate apartments on floors constructed independently of another to allow for the technology necessary to make the rotation component possible. Each unit will run on wind turbine energy constructed between floors. It will stretch to 420 metres or 80 storeys tall and encompass 1.2 million square feet.
Instead of including a hotel in the structure’s design, the project’s lead architect, David Fisher, of Dynamic Architecture, opted for something called a “Wellness Experience.” The firm describes this as “a new product in line with today’s life.”
Thanks to voice activated command controls, each resident will be able to control the movement of their unit, as well as the movement’s speed. Each apartment will be able to rotate a full 360 degrees, moving at approximately six metres per minute, with one full rotation taking approximately three hours.
The estimated cost to purchase one of the apartment units is $30 million.
Architect, David Fisher, is not particularly well-known. Before this project, he had not practiced architecture regularly for years and has never before built a skyscraper.