Dubai puts a new spin on skyscrapers

From Moneyweb:

In skyscraper-crazy Dubai, tall isn’t enough. In a design to be unveiled today in the oil-rich emirate, David Fisher, an Italian-Israeli architect, has dreamed up a 68-story combination hotel, apartment and office tower where the floors would rotate 360 degrees. Each floor would rotate independently, creating a constantly changing architectural form.

Each story of the tower would be shaped like a doughnut and be attached to a center core housing elevators, emergency stairs and other utilities. Wind turbines placed in gaps between the doughnuts would generate electricity.

The doughnuts won’t rotate fast enough to give guests upset stomachs. A single rotation would take around 90 minutes. “It’s quite slow,” says Mr. Fisher.

4 Comments

  1. I actually kinda like the idea (even if it seems a bit impractical). Here in Chicago, lake-view units as well as those with a view of the city tend to be much higher in price than those units with just a view of say, another building. This design would give EVERYONE a view of the lake/city provided you were high enough.

    Yea, I really like this idea.

  2. IS it just me, or do the images of the three towers above look like vibrators??? I can imagine these rotating becoming very popular!!!

    btw, I kinda like the idea of rotating tower – it’s an idea that is really original.

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