The Rotating Dubai Tower

The Rotating Dubai Tower
The Italian-Israeli architect David Fisher recently suggested a new 68-story / 313 meters (1,027 feet) combination hotel, apartment and office tower where the floors would rotate 360 degrees. Each floor in the tower would be shaped like a doughnut and be attached to a core housing the elevators and staircase.

Dubai is in the midst of a fierce skyscraper race and height is no longer enough to make a building stand out. A single rotation would take around 90 minutes which translates into four degrees a minute – a relatively slow speed which should not be felt too much by the occupants.  

The architectural plans show that wind turbines are going to be placed in gaps between the doughnuts shaped floors in order to generate electricity. Actually one of the biggest obstacles will be to connect electricity and pluming infrastructure to a continuously spinning building. 

It is still unclear whether the spinning building will ever go beyond the planning stage, but if this building will ever be built Dubai is surly one of the most likely candidates. More information can be found on the ameinfo website.

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Iddo Genuth

Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.

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