Rotating Wind Power Towers  

Posted by Big Gav in , ,

Striking green building of the week from Inhabitat is this rotating wind power tower in Dubai.

Dubai has garnered much attention in recent years with a never-ending supply of architectural wonders being built, or proposed, at a head spinning pace. Mostly these towering structures are grand and tall, but some are also green. We’ve covered many an ambitious Dubai skyscraper scheme here at Inhabitat, including David Fisher’s Rotating Tower, but there is new news from Fisher’s Dynamic Architecture firm. This self-sufficient, sun and wind powered design is making headlines once again as the Italian-Israeli architect has just unveiled the latest design for his twirling tower, and construction is set to begin this month. ...

The 59-floor building will be powered entirely by sun and wind energy. And, the architect claims that the building will generate 10 times more energy than required to power it, thus making it a positive energy building. Solar panels will be fitted on the roof to harness sunlight, and a total of 48 wind turbines will be sandwiched between the rotating floors, placed so that they are practically invisible. Each wind turbine could produce up to 0.3 megawatt of electricity, and it is estimated that 1,200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy would be generated every year.

Construction is going to start soon, with an official launch later this month, and plans are also afoot to build a similar tower in Moscow.

Also at Inhabitat, the Museum of Nature.

5 comments

This is incredible. I would love to see when it is done. When are they planning for that to happen, maybe a trip to Dubai could be nice.

The article says construction will start "soon" so maybe it will be ready in 2 years time.

It still looks like a pretty speculative design - but I'd love to see them built.

Just shows what floods of energy money can do...

Lets me think of that new city the UAE plan to build,totally independent of the outside world. Own food, own renewable energy etc...
Place for 40000 people I think, so it's quite small

Surprises me not to find it on your blog, BigGav, I heard it on BBC a month ago.

I suspect you mean Masdar - if not please send me a link to what you are talking about.

Anyway - I've mentioned Masdar lots of times - see here - starting last year. I'm quite enthusiastic about it.

Anonymous   says 10:47 PM

you're right, it's Masdar. Think I've skipped the article then. Anyway, good blog, keep going!

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