Every Room With A View: Israeli Architect Designs Rotating Dubai Skyscraper
Do you prefer a sea view or a garden view? Sunrise or sunset? Well, if you can afford a $30 million apartment in the world’s first rotating skyscraper, you can have it all.
The brainchild of Israeli-Italian architect David Fisher, the Dynamic Tower Hotel in Dubai has been planned since 2008 and is scheduled for a grand opening in 2020. The opening is intended to coincide with that year’s World Expo, an event that the UAE expects will draw 25 million visitors to Dubai from across the globe.
80 rotating storeys, self-powered
When completed, the impressive structure will stand 1,375 feet tall, with each of its 80 storeys capable of rotating individually around a concrete core, offering 360-degree views of Dubai. The hotel’s residents will also be able to control rotation speeds and stop their apartment from spinning with voice commands. The skyscraper is expected to be completely self-powered, reportedly featuring as many as 79 horizontal-lying wind turbines between floors, as well as roof-mounted solar panels.
According to the Dynamic Architecture website, the new hotel will offer “exclusive services, luxurious accommodation and facilities for the traveler with the most cutting-edge technologies, whether for business or leisure.” It goes on to boast, “How many stars? This ‘hotel’ will be beyond stars.”
$30 million per unit
Not surprisingly, the units will not come cheap, with each apartment costing an eye-watering $30 million, according to sources. The building itself is expected to cost over £355 million ($443 million).
However, you might want to wait a little longer before booking your reservation. UAE-based news and lifestyle website What’s On reports that developer Dynamic Architecture has yet to secure a building site and that there’s no word yet on who plans to finance the project.
From Tel Aviv to Dubai
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, David Fisher, the visionary behind the project, left Israel to attend the University of Florence, where he would later serve as a lecturer of architecture and structural engineering. During the mid-1980’s he became involved in the development and building of hotels. Fisher is the founder and chairman of Dynamic Architecture Group, the designer of the rotating Dynamic Tower. Billed as the world’s first building in motion, it is Fisher’s first skyscraper design.
The basic concept, however, has numerous precedents, namely the 2001 Suite Vollard in Brazil, with independently rotating floors. Fisher, who has planned similar buildings in London, Paris, New York and Moscow, previously said that he did not want to unveil too much information on the Dynamic Tower project because he wanted it to be kept a ‘surprise’.