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Dynamic Living

Dynamic Architecture is an Italian experimental company that has proposed a rotating, sustainable skyscraper that is powered by wind turbines which are placed in between each floor. Each floor rotates independently at different speeds, and the building's profile constantly changes depending on the wind velocity. This introduces a fourth dimension to architecture... Time.


Architect David Fisher is the creator of this Dynamic Tower which is being built in Dubai. This will be the world's first building in motion and is the first step in changing the looks of our cities and our concepts of living.
The Dynamic Tower is environmentally friendly, with the ability to generate electricity for itself as well as other buildings nearby making it the first building designed to be self-powered, it achieves this feat with wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor. An 80-story building will have up to 79 wind turbines, making it a true green power plant. It is also the first skyscraper to be built entirely from prefabricated parts that are custom made in a workshop, resulting of fast construction and of substantial cost savings . This approach known as the Fisher Method, also requires far less workers on construction site while each floor of the building can be completed in only seven days, units can also be customized according to the owners needs and styles.




The architects are 'considering' that Dubai gets 4000 wind hours annually and that the wind turbines can generate 1,200,000 kilowatt hours of energy every year. Although I am no physician I highly doubt the United Emirates can generate sufficient energy solely on wind power. Wind travels at different velocities and in order to produce 300 kw per machine the wind would have to be wide open at 25 to 35mph which is highly unlikely in our climate. It's funny how the Fisher picked wind over sunlight in a desert country, it's actually more stupid than funny.



Aesthetically I do not agree with the design of the building. I appreciate the concept of introducing 'Time' to architecture however not in a living space. Or have we forgotten what space is?
Question:

1. Let us believe the winds are powerful enough to rotate each floor individually. How fast would each floor be rotating? Would it effect the human nature? Do we not get sick if we travel on rocky waters by boat? How would a person live in a constantly rotating floor?

2. If the floors are moving at an axis, where are the pipelines? How are the sewage pipes from each floor connected? I mean one day your toilet is on the East side, tomorrow its on the West. Do the pipes match? Huh????

3. The building will constantly be moving and so will the Sun. Since they haven't considered the spatial qualities of each floor i.e: the relationship of sunlight and room, the resident could get very hot waves and direct light from the sun into their bedroom, or living room which is not healthy at all. All the benefits of sunlight get filtered by glass and you'll be left with UV Light. If they use special glass heat still passes through, so how is this place livable exactly?



Putting all this ranting aside, I'm quite pleased with how far technology has gone regarding sustainability and energy powering. I'm a huge fan of prefabrication and green buildings. I just think this one was designed for the wrong reasons and placed in the wrong context. If this concept of Dynamic Living catches on and becomes the new planning movement, then I hope that the architects truly strategies the reasons and possibilities for their dynamic space - because as we know architecture means creating a space for function.

1 comment:

Peter said...

Don't worry aseel! this wont ever get built. Its the most ridiculous project and idea. The cost of building a structure like this would be unimaginable, not to mention the fact that its almost impossible to build it- as you said you can't run services (sewage/ac ducting) through different floors rotating at different rates, it won't work.
its like a novelty building- it will look interesting for 2seconds and then you'll realise how crap it is and the fact its actually unattractive as a building.
Luckily it would cost waaay too much to build so we'll prob be saved from some stupid rotating building for now...