Dynamic Tower will be first building to have a fourth dimension says architect David Fisher
Dr David Fisher, founder of Dynamic Architecture and designer behind the controversial Dynamic Tower, which was first proposed for Dubai before the crash, said the building could become the world’s first to implement “an image of time”.
Speaking at the Skyscraper Summit in Dubai today (Wednesday), the architect said: “[The Dynamic Tower] will be the first building to have the fourth dimension, the image of time. And I have to say that it isn’t me who’s designed it, it’s you who has designed it. It is designed by life and shaped by time.”
Residents of the building are able to activate the rotation of each floor, which in turns gives the building its ‘dynamic’ shape.
Each floor of the tower is designed to act independently of other floors within the building which make up 80 floors in total. Each floor is connected to a static central core which allows them to rotate and perform separately from its counter-parts, complete with a drive system that activates the motion.
The mechanical, electrical and plumbing parts of the building will be located under each floor rather than the central core which is another element that allows each floor to rotate independently.
“Each floor goes into the central core. We don’t have the plumbing going through the core, otherwise it wouldn’t be able to rotate. So the plumping goes under each floor, which is a rotating floor so it is easy to perform maintenance or replace technology,” Fisher told designMENA.
The building is expected to house residential units as well as a hotel.
“Anyone staying in the building has the ability to make the building rotate if they have a password, which gives a signal to the system to rotate the floor,” Fisher explained.
A voice activation program triggers floor rotation after residents have registered. An inbuilt system on each floor recongises the voice based on directions such as ‘left’ or ‘right’, and acts accordingly.
Fisher said the program includes a list of languages such as English, Arabic and Italian. He also said that if someone wishes to pray and utters the word “Makkah”, the floor would rotate to face the Qibla, the direction in which Muslims pray.
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Fisher admits that at the beginning, the idea was difficult to get off the ground.
“It wasn’t easy in the beginning to convince people, even though I have the biggest names working on the project: the most well-known builders, technologists and engineers, but we were also developing some of the engineering technology. But now we have the patent for Building in Motion in the GCC [and other parts of the world], so we are ready to start.
Last year, it was announced that the project will be resumed in Dubai after going on hold in 2008, and will be built in time for Dubai Expo 2020.