A PEEK INTO THE FUTURE – PIVOTING SKY SCRAPERS

Dubai seems to be the leader right now in contraversial architecture.  There are two skyscrapers being built in Dubai that pivot so that you can change your view, and you can also park your car (thanks to a car elevator) beside your unit!

An Italian, David Fischer, is the architect of what is dubbed “dynamic architecture” – I’ll tip my hat to him any time.  The units are 410-3,300 square feet, and each floor is pre-assembled in a factory (including plumbing and electricity).  Then, it’s affixed to the central core and poured on location.  This results is a 30% reduction in constuction time, and 20% less in the cost factor.  680 workers will be employed using this method vs. 2,000 for standard building methods.

Each floor can pivot individually.  There are wind generators (built of carbon fibers) between each floor and solar panels on the roofs to generate enough energy to make the building self-sufficient energy wise.  These 80 storey skyscrapers will have 79 wind generators.

The cost of purchasing and/or leasing was not mentioned, but the one that is in the early stages of building in Moscow is running at an estimated cost of about $700 millions for each building.  The pictures make them look like slabs of stone placed one on top of the other, somewhat staggered.  The color of the building will change as it pivots.  Makes you wonder what will happen if your neighbors want a different view than you do?

Such advanced architecture was Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1956 The Illinois which was to be a mile-high (5,280 feet) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois.  Had it been built, it would have then been the tallest building in the world (the Empire State Building is a quarter of the height).  It was considered as a self-supporting steel structure.  Steel is flexible, and the building probably would have swayed.  Occupants on the highest floors would have been uncomfotable.

http://www.burjdubaiskyscraper.com/2006/theillinois/the-illinois.html

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