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NEW YORK CITY-As GlobeSt.com reported Tuesday following a presentation at the Plaza Hotel, Italian architect Dr. David Fisher revealed the launch of the Dynamic Tower, the world’s first building in motion, to be constructed in Dubai and Moscow. He also revealed that the third tower will be located in New York City. According to Fisher, buildings in motion will challenge traditional architecture and will offer endless design possibilities, as each floor rotates independently at different speeds.

The Dynamic Tower is also environmentally friendly, with the ability to generate electricity for itself as well as other buildings nearby. It intends to achieve this act with wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor. Each 360-degree rotation takes between one hour to three hours, Fisher said. An 80-story building, such as the $700-million Dubai building for example, will have up to 79 wind turbines mounted horizontally between each floor. The Dynamic Tower’s wind turbines will be “practically invisible and extremely quiet” due to their special shape and the carbon fiber material they are made of.

Another environmentally green element of the Dynamic Tower is the photovoltaic cells that will be placed on the roof of each rotating floor to produce solar energy, approximately 20% of each roof will be exposed to the sun, so a building that has 80 roofs will equal the roofing space of 10 similar size buildings. In addition, natural and recyclable materials including stone, marble, glass and wood will be used for the interior finishing. And to further improve the efficiency of the tower, insulated glass and structural insulating panels will be employed.

The Dynamic Tower will also be built entirely from prefabricated parts that are custom made in a workshop. Fisher explained that the result is faster construction, higher quality, safer construction sites, customized units, 10% cost savings, and 30% faster building process—with one floor of the building able to be completed in seven days.

Each individual unit will be completely finished at the factory and exported. It will also be equipped with plumbing and electric systems including all finishing from flooring to ceilings, bathrooms, kitchens, cabinets, lighting and furniture. The prefabricated units arrive at the building site ready for installation. The units are installed by hooking to each other mechanically. Fisher said that prefabricated buildings “will also be easy to maintain and repair, the building’s maintenance facility, type of materials used, and the quality control employed will also make them more durable than any traditional structure.”

“Almost every product used today is the result of an industrial process and can be transported around the world, from cars and boats to computers and clothing, factories are chosen for their ready access to materials, production technology, inexpensive labor, efficiency, and other conditions that result in high quality at a relatively low cost,” Fisher noted. “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, buildings will follow the rhythms of nature, they will change direction and shape from spring to summer, from sunrise to sunset, and adjust themselves to the weather, buildings will be alive.”

The Dynamic Tower in Dubai is the first to be constructed. The developer is Rotating Tower Dubai Development Ltd. of Dynamic Group. The $700-million Dubai tower will be entirely constructed in a factory from prefabricated parts, and will require only 600 people in the assembly facility and 80 technicians on the construction site instead of 2,000 workers on a similar size traditional construction site, Fisher said. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2010. Fisher was not able to give further financing details at this time as it is “still confidential.” He says that the selling price is around $600 per sf.

The volume of investments into the 70-story Moscow tower construction is going to exceed $400 million, Fisher said. The developer, as GlobeSt.com previously reported is the Mirax Group. The total area of the tower will be almost 1.2 million sf with offices and retail premises as well as apartments and penthouses. The beginning of construction is planned for the end of the year, and the commissioning of the tower into operation will be for 2010.

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