Buckminster Fuller, a thinker, inventor, artist, mathematician, (the list goes on,) once said, “People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.” Fuller, most famous for his invention of the geodesic dome, sought to solve the problems facing mankind before they were insurmountable, thinking so far ‘outside the box,’ that he based most of his designs on the tetrahedron. Thinking so far into the future that, decades ago, he was trying to solve the problems we face today.
Among Fuller’s many inventions was the Dymaxion House, which was energy-efficient, pre-fabricated in a factory, and easily assembled around a centralized core. This was over 50 years ago, a commercial failure, and further fuel for his critics. Perhaps, Fuller's genius was too radical to be accepted by a more conservative society during his time.
In some ways, though, it seems that Dr. David Fisher, a Florence, Italy-based architect with Dynamic Architecture, might be picking up where Fuller left off. Fisher has begun work on The Dynamic Tower in Dubai, which according to the company's press release, will be “the world’s first building in motion.”
The Dynamic Tower
The Dynamic Tower is an 80-story mixed-use building, in which each floor rotates around a centralized core at different speeds. Floors will rotate in accordance with a wide selection of proprietary computer programs, with the exception of the luxury villas, whose movement unit owners can control independently. According to the architecture website WorldArchitectureNews.com, the tower's segmented design will allow the floors to turn independently of one another using voice recognition technology. A full rotation of each floor will take up to three hours. "In the Dubai building the voice recognition will be able to interpret such instructions as ‘left’ or ‘right’ in English, Arabic or Italian, says the website." And the result will be a constantly changing external structure, which the press release states as introducing a fourth dimension to architecture, that of "time.”
“Time is the most powerful dimension of our lives. All our life depends on time," says Fisher. "Today's life is dynamic, so the space we are living in should be dynamic as well, adjustable to our needs that change continuously, to our concept of design and to our mood," he states, in a press release.