April 20, 2007 10:54 AM PDT
Skyscraper design gets a new spin
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The floors' motions, too, are individually controlled. Through voice activation, presumably through a central hub on each floor, the level can turn to position it according to where the daylight is, change the views, or even just rotate slowly for the effect.
These days, it often goes without saying that an audacious new urban construction project is green. But since it seems like just about every real estate endeavor in Dubai has to be larger-than-life, the Dynamic Architecture tower's energy infrastructure is, well, greener-than-life. The team behind it hopes that it will optimally be able to power not only itself, but five other buildings of equivalent size.
The driving force behind this is a set of 48 horizontal wind turbines, fitted between the rotating floors, that are expected to produce 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually--worth an estimated $7 million. The firm estimates that no more than eight of the turbines will be needed to power the building, and consequently the remaining 40 will be left available to provide energy for neighboring structures.
Additional green energy will be contributed by solar panels affixed to the roof of the building.
According to Fisher, construction on the tower should begin by the end of 2007 and be complete within 18 months. Should its inaugural tower in Dubai prove successful, Dynamic Architecture has no plans to stop there. The firm hopes to continue production of building modules at its factory in Jebel Ali, with a goal of building similar towers in 11 other cities including Tokyo, New York, Moscow and Milan.
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