Saturday, September 15, 2012

The New Face Of Civil Engineering: Skyscraper With Rotating Floors

The proposed 68-floor, 313m (1,027 ft), Da Vinci Tower (also known as Dynamic Architecture Building) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is expected to be architecturally innovative for many reasons. Believe this or not, each floor of this building will be able to rotate independently. This means that the shape of the tower will change constantly. Each floor will rotate a maximum of one full rotation in 90 minutes. The tower will be powered from turbines and solar panels. The 5 other buildings in the vicinity will also be provided with electricity. The turbines will be located between each of the rotating floors and together they will generate 1,200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy from the movement of the floors. The solar panels will be located on the roof.

Another exciting fact about this building is that it will be the world's first prefabricated skyscraper and 90% of the tower will be built in a factory and shipped to the construction site. And, therefore, the entire building will be completed in only 18 months! The only part of the tower that will be built at the construction site will be the core. Because of prefabrication, the total cost will be 23% less than a normal skyscraper of the same size, while only 90 people will work on the construction site.