The world's first moving building, a 80-storey
tower with revolving floors giving an shifting shape, will be built in
Dubai, its architect says.
The Dynamic Tower design is made up of 80 pre-fabricated apartments which will spin independently of one another.
"It's the first building that rotates, moves, and changes
shape," said architect David Fisher, who is Italian, at a news
conference in New York.
"This building never looks the same, not once in a lifetime," he added.
The 420-metre (1,378-foot) building's apartments
would spin a full 360 degrees, at voice command, around a central
column by means of 79 giant power-generating wind turbines located
between each floor.
The slender building would be energy self-sufficient as the turbines
would produce enough electricity to power the entire building and even
feed extra power back into the grid, said the Italian architect at the
unveiling of the project in New York.
The apartments, which will take between one and three hours to make a complete rotation, will cost from $3.7m to $36m.
There are also plans to build a similar, 70-storey skyscraper in Moscow.
"I call these buildings designed by time, shaped by life," said
the Florence-based architect. "These buildings will open our vision all
around, to a new life."
The skyscraper will cost an estimated $700m to build and should be up and running in Dubai in 2010.