By Kareem Sheta
Dubai never ceases to surprise us with its endless list of ongoing achievements and milestones. It’s astonishing how this city started out as a vast desert with no source of life and went above and beyond to accomplish its current worldwide and prestigious status. The city’s latest triumph is now on the rise as preparations are being made for the unveiling of the “Dynamic Tower” set to open for Expo 2020.
Upon its completion, the Dynamic Tower will be the world’s “first skyscraper made up of separate rotating floors attached to a central column” and Dubai’s third tallest building with a height of 1,375feet. The 80-storey marvel was initiated in 2008 and cost approximately 330 million USD according to Wikipedia. It is also the brainchild of Dynamic Architecture, an architectural firm founded by Israeli-Italian David Fisher. The firm’s website states, “The motionless state of today’s houses does not reflect people’s actual lives, where everything is constantly changing and moving very fast. Buildings should be able to move following the sun or the wind, and adjust to their tenants’ life and mood.”
Here are a few facts that you should know about the iconic building:
- The Dynamic Tower Hotel in Dubai will have individually rotating units giving their occupants views of the sea, the desertland the city in one, full sweep. Their movement will be slow to avoid motion sickness among the occupants, with a full rotation taking about 90 minutes.
- The building will be self-powered by wind turbines and solar panels.
- Residents can control their units through a voice-activated command system.
- Each apartment will have a parking space for the owner’s car, brought up by a special elevator.
- Purchase prices have yet to be defined, but they will likely range between $4 million and $40 million, according to news reports.