Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Da Vinci Tower brings new concept of rotation technology

A different version of the Da Vinci code is being unravelled in Dubai with the concept launch of a tower in which apartments can rotate according to the desire of the resident.

It gets even better — the movement can generate the energy required for the building and even its immediate neighbourhood. The concept is that of Italian architect, Dr David Fisher, who believes it can be translated into bricks and mortar.

“Buildings should adjust to nature, so many have very little to do with life today. I wanted to create a building which is redesigned every day,” he said at an event held to mark the announcement of the 300-metre plus Da Vinci Tower in Dubai last week.

Powered by wind turbines and solar panels it will have enough surplus to provide energy to around five towers of similar dimensions. Fisher, the founder of Rotating Tower Technology International Ltd, is in talks with potential local partners to finance the first tower, which could include a super-luxury hotel. A decision on the final design and location is expected in May, when the developer should be announced, according to Dr Ugo Montevecchi, Chairman of the Dynamic Architecture Club.

Even now, the Fisher project has convinced some serious players in the industry. The structural engineering company LERA, which is involved in projects such as the Dubai Metro, has joined Fisher’s Dynamic Architecture Club, which is spearheading the Da Vinci Tower.

The design and engineering aspects have been patented. Twelve similar towers are planned in major cities. Again Dubai will contribute to all of them, as a pre-fabrication plant in Jebel Ali is planned to produce 90 per cent of the tower’s requirements.

Individually designed modules, usually 12 per floor, will be shipped to the other towers. Only the concrete core remains on-site. Thus the 25 per cent cost surcharge versus building towers is reduced to 5 per cent. The monolithic core bends with earthquakes and will never collapse like a house of cards, according the creators.

Da Vinci Tower in Dubai will have a mechanism that allows each floor to rotate autonomously through voice activated technology. Residents can harness the daylight and change their panorama by selecting the speed of a complete rotation, which lasts one to three hours.

The external shape and profile of the tower change constantly. due to individual rotations. Twelve modules per floor will arrive at the site complete with electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning systems ready for use.

The modules can then be mechanically assembled at the rate of one floor every seven days. The skyscraper will have around 68 floors. A premium hotel, offices, apartments and five villas on the top floor are envisaged.

www.propertyweekly.ae

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