The world’s first twirling sky scraper - where each floor can rotate up to once an hour - is also one of the most ambitious sustainable and plumbing projects ever.
Italian architect Dr David Fisher says the 80 storey Dynamic Tower planned for Dubai will be able to generate electricity for itself and nearby buildings through wind turbines mounted horizontally between each floor.
Meanwhile, photovoltaic cells will be placed on the roof of each rotating floor to produce solar energy.
Dr Fisher claims approximately 20 per cent of each roof will be exposed to the sun, so it will have roofing space equal to 10 similar size buildings.
To further improve the energy efficiency of the 420 metre tower, insulated glass and structural insulating panels will be used in the prefabricated floors which will be linked to a central core.
But, the swirling nature of the project comes at a price – it is also one of the most challenging plumbing projects in the world and is set to use the same kind of shut-off valves used when refuelling aircraft in flight.
The project is being led by Rotating Tower Dubai Development Ltd headed by the Dynamic Group. A Dynamic Tower is also proposed Moscow with other locations planned.
Dr Fisher said: “Our intention is to build the third Rotating Skyscraper in New York. Additional Dynamic Towers will be built around the world, following an expression of interest from developers, governments, and public officials to construct a Dynamic Tower in Canada, Germany, Italy, Korea and Switzerland.
“Each floor of the building can be completed in only seven days. From now on, buildings will be made in a factory.”