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Eye on Dubai: Rotating Tower Revealed (New York Next?)

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At a press conference at the Plaza today, Italian architect Dr. David Fisher unveiled his first two Dynamic Towers?one in Dubai and the other planned for Moscow?massive mixed-use skyscrapers that, oh yeah, rotate on a by-floor basis. It's hard for the renderings to do this crazy concept justice (here's a truly spectacular video), but above you see what we're talking about, and the gallery has many more glimpses of both towers. According to Fisher, there will be Dynamic Towers around the world, and he hopes the third will land in New York. What developer is insane enough to attempt getting this built on these shores, we do not know.

The Dubai building, up first, will have 80 floors of office, hotel and residential space. The apartments will range from 1,330 square feet to 12,900 square feet, with the top 10 floors being luxury "villas" that include en suite parking spaces and private pools. Owners of those villas will be able to control the rotation of their floors. The other 70 floors will be controlled by the building's management. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2010.

The Moscow Dynamic Tower, developed by the Mirax Group "in the new area of Moscow City within the limits of the third transport ring," is still in the design stages. It's staled for 70 stories, with retail and office space as well as residential units. A characteristic of the buildings is that all engineering systems are in the central core, then connected to the rotating parts. That central core will be poured on-site, and the prefab floors will be made section by section at an Italian factory, then they'll be shipped to the core and buckled in. The towers will have wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor, enabling the buildings to generate their own electricity. Because this whole thing is absolutely insane, we sent Curbed intern Noah Adler to the Plaza to take it all in. He writes:

Dynamic Architecture's presentation for the press began with a young woman playing Vivaldi on violin, quickly followed by a video blasting the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The drama of these two pieces of music – intended to excite and intrigue the audience, no doubt – was unfortunately lost on the eyes and ears of the attendees. They had freaking moving buildings to deal with!

Architect David Fisher outlined his principles of the future of architecture: buildings should be dynamic, factory-built, and environmentally sound. The architecture of the future, he declared, ought to be “designed by life, shaped by time.” The allure of flashy renderings and abstract ideas about the future such as “Time is our best architect,” however, did not convince the many skeptics in the crowd.

When asked about the groundbreaking and move-in dates for the Dubai tower, Fisher spoke about how production in the Italian factory that will construct all the pre-fabricated units would begin “in the next few weeks.” When asked about how safe the building would be for its spinning residents, Fisher began his answer by explaining he had never designed a skyscraper before, which was far from reassuring. He went on to explain that he consulted some of the top engineering firms in New York and consulted with Bosch, a security and safety company.

OK, we need to go hide under the covers now.
· Dynamic Architecture [Official Site]