Rotating, Self-Powered, Prefab “Dynamic Tower” May Twist into Manhattan

The Dynamic Tower- a 1380-foot, rotating, self-powered residential high-rise, will break ground in Dubai within a few months, and the concept also has its designs on New York City.

The Dynamic Tower- a 1380-foot, rotating residential high-rise, will break ground in Dubai within a few months, according to Italian architect David Fisher, who discussed details about the project at a press conference today at the Plaza Hotel in Midtown. According to Dr. Fisher, a second Dynamic Tower will soon follow in Moscow with a third to come here in New York City. reports that although Fisher did not provide specific details about the New York iteration of the project, he did note that he is already talking to developers about bringing the concept to Gotham. The Dubai tower will cost $700 million and consist of 80 floors; the 70-story Moscow version is budgeted at $400 million.

The Dynamic Tower uses wind turbines, sandwiched horizontally between each floor and manufactured from a carbon fiber, to generate its own electricity. The entire building will also be constructed from prefabricated components that are manufactured off-site (the first factory for the Dubai tower will be located in Southern Italy). Each floor of the Dynamic Tower actually rotates, creating what Dr. Fisher calls a “unique and ever-evolving architectural structure.” It should take crews approximately one week to erect an entire floor. The horizontal turbines are designed to eliminate many of the environmental issues associated with similar vertical installations (i.e., aesthetic concerns, danger to wildlife).

Dr. Fisher’s design also calls for a number of other green features, including low-E glass, SIPs, and photovoltaic cells on the roof of each rotating floor; close to twenty percent of each floor will receive direct sunlight.

You can access video of today’s press conference here.

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5 Responses to Rotating, Self-Powered, Prefab “Dynamic Tower” May Twist into Manhattan

  1. Mark Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 1:15 am #

    The Dynamic Tower an interesting concept.

    What has not been disclosed is what form the structural system will take. Current designs of tall buildings need to engage the outer columns to resist lateral forces and provide adequate stiffness. The rotating rings will require that all lateral forces be resisted by the core since there will be no outer columns.

    This leaves me wondering whether there have been new breakthroughs in the structural systems for tall buildings or whether the proposed design will be limited to short buildings. I would be very interested in seeing a paper on this new structural system.

  2. Stephen Del Percio Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 9:29 am #

    I agree- I haven’t done any digging but would also be curious to see more about the tower’s structural details. Another thought to consider is the project delivery system (i.e., traditional general contractor model, design build, etc.) given the extensive number of prefabricated components.

  3. steve jenings Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 3:35 am #

    Amazing stuff, the spinning rotation of the tower could develop a power source.

  4. Alice Spencer Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 3:37 am #

    Would love to see the technical spec, any chance in a further posting?

  5. Triple Net Lease Friday, February 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Wow this is an amazing piece of architecture. I really feel like the US has been left behind in modern architecture in many respects. I’m always seeing something like this in Dubai but never in the US anymore!