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DESIGNER
DAVID FISHER | DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURE GROUP
DATE
2008
LOCATION
Unrealized
TYPE
multipurpose
USE
Skyscraper with residential and commercial uses
Dynamic Architecture - The Rotating Tower

As Fischer very poetically puts it, the Rotating Tower is “designed by time, shaped by life.” He conceived the idea of a building with rotating floors in 2004 as a viable solution for unobstructed views of both sides of Manhattan. His proposal for an 80-story skyscraper incorporates time as the fourth dimension in its design and operating process. Each floor is able to rotate autonomously around a central core within which the buildings’ vertical movement is facilitated along with all the plumbing and electric service systems. Exhibiting a maximum of 6 m/min or one full rotation in 90 minutes, each floor is able to adjust its position around the central axis according to the prevailing lighting and weather conditions, as well as to the desired view. As a result, the Tower’s exterior changes constantly, manifesting the dynamic aspect of the design. The building itself is self-powered, equipped with horizontal wind turbines between the floors, while solar panels and waste-to-energy systems enhance the sustainable approach. Moreover, the entire structure, apart from the concrete core, is made of prefabricated elements, mainly steel, aluminum and carbon fiber, which are installed mechanically on site reducing the total construction time by 30%. The Rotating Tower will host multipurpose spaces, including customizable apartments and villas, a wellness hotel as well as a shopping mall.

TRANSFORMABLE DESIGN FEATURES AT A GLANCE
PRINCIPLE
PHENOMENOLOGICAL
sliding
ACTUAL
sliding
TYPE
PHENOMENOLOGICAL
axial moving elements
ACTUAL
axial moving elements
SYSTEM
enhanced mechatronic
ELEMENTS
Each floor separately
Application Framework
Enclosed Space Open Space
Private Space Public Space
Passive Communication Active
Project Scale
Kinetic Elements Scale
Equipment
People
Intensity of Activity
Fluctuation of Intensity
Periodicity of Fluctuation
Design
New Design Intervention
Requires Support Self Supported
Simple Geometry Complex Geometry
Low Tech High Tech
Manual System Intelligent System
Surface Transformation
Volume Transformation
Morphological Variations
Modularity
Portability
Adaptability
Sustainability
Materials
Conventional Sophisticated
Elastic Rigid
Transparent Opaque
Warm Cold
Weight
Maintenance
Insulation
COST (estimation)

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Image source:

1: http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/

Further Reading:

Bellini, O. E., & Daglio, L. (2009). New Frontiers in Architecture: The United Arab Emirates between Vision and Reality.
Vercelli: White Star. Randl, C. (2008). Revolving Architecture. A History of Buildings that Rotate, Swivel, and Pivot.
New York: Princeton Architectural Press. http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q082y8In-ik#!