Twisting in the Wind

Posted by Chuck Harrell on May 4, 2015 10:30:00 AM

twistbuildingThe trouble with skyscrapers is that no matter how great the design is with their modern curved shapes and funky lighting systems, they are really static.   I mean, when was the last time you saw a building twist and sway intentionally.  All they do is stay in one place.  

What the world has been screaming for is buildings that move, ones that twist, turn, and gyrate like a 1950's rocker.   Buildings in fact which rotate in such a way to give the residents constant changing views.

Innovation architectural design now allows buildings to twist with the direction of the elements so they can capture more wind and sun to meet the needs of the residents and the building.  For example, in the winter, it would be nice to maximize your living rooms natural light by following the sun and in the summer, you may want to keep it naturally cool by facing the opposite direction.

According to Dynamic Architecture, their building concept encompasses three innovations in building design: the first is the ability to continuously change shape so it adjusts to the direction of the sun and wind to improve on the solar and wind generation; the second revolution is its construction.

Unlike other skyscrapers, which are built by using lots of steel beams and concrete to create their shapes, these new buildings are proposed to be made from prefabricated aluminum, carbon fiber, and other "high quality materials" and are just slotted into place on site around the center pillar, improving the speed of construction.

The third revolution is the installation of horizontal wind turbines between each floor and solar link on the roofs of each of the modules so, as they become exposed to the sun, they generate power and produce enough energy for the building to be entirely self-sufficient.

To see a demonstration of these buildings, watch this video.  Unfortunately, Dynamic Architecture have yet to build their dream but one rotating apartment block that was build but now appears to be abandoned is Suite Vollard in Curitba, Brazil.

The world needs brave and exciting architecture if we're ever to make cites more enjoyable places to live and these ideas may just help us in that direction.

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