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Dubai has plans for the world's first rotating skyscraper where the views constantly change

While Dubai’s skyline is already filled with incredible and futuristic skyscrapers, one proposed building might be more astounding than the rest.

 

A rotating skyscraper that twists and turns to reveal a constantly changing view may soon become a reality. The idea for the project, from Dynamic Architecture, was floated back in 2008, but was eventually put on hold, reports UAE news site the National. But now, plans for the project are back and the 80-storey project could be happening within years.

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The rotating tower has been proposed for Dubai. Image by Dynamic Architecture

Each apartment would rotate so that the views from each window would change from minute to minute. The apartments will move independently of the floors above and below and residents will be able to change the speed at which their home moves. Access to the apartments will be available through an elevator in the building’s stationary core. Between each floor will be wind turbines, so that the building will actually be able to generate its own power.  

dubai rotating skyscraper
The rotating tower has been proposed for Dubai. Image by Dynamic Architecture

Architect David Fisher explains on the website that he believes architects should design buildings that adjust to life: “they should adapt to our space, our functionalities and our needs that change continuously – and even to our sense of beauty, itself in continuous motion”.

dubai rotating skyscraper
The rotating tower has been proposed for Dubai. Image by Dynamic Architecture

While the original idea was hit with delays, CNN reports that the project may be complete by 2020. The cost of actually living in the incredible apartments could range from $4 to $40 million. However, right now it is unclear where the building will be located, so exactly what views of the incredible Dubai skyline will be on offer remain to be seen.

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