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twirling tower


literally coming mere days after the chicago city council’s final approval of santiago calatrava’s twisting skyscraper is a proposal for a “twirling” tower. not to be outdone by mr. calatrava’s seemingly gracefully moving structure this new design by italian-israeli architect david fisher actually continually rotates 360 degrees. each floor, or block of floors, will literally revolve around a fixed core. the idea is two-fold, first, the ever-changing volumetric arrangement of the building coupled with the dynamic movement encapsulated in the facade will provide an extremely unique and hopefully engaging aesthetic; or, according to the architect, “one building, many shapes.” second, that as a result of the building’s movement every unit will have a view of the lake as well as the loop and every other vantage point of the city for that matter. naturally, as one can imagine in a town like chicago where even the blue-collar work is an experienced architecture-critic, opinions vary widely. personally, i’ve seen other proposals like this one a much smaller scale and usually associated with sustainable design, typically the rotation of the floors cause by the wind turns a turbine that generates energy (i haven’t heard anything along these lines in this case). i love the conceptual idea of the tower but i am concerned with the practical aspects that i fear would unavoidably decimate the projects aesthetics (namely structure, unless, of course, it’s built of unobtanium). additionally, i have my doubts about a project like this at such a large scale. admittedly though it is very hard to pass any judgment without more renderings, drawings, and project information; here’s hoping all of which comes sooner rather than later.

9 May 2007 - Posted by | architecture

1 Comment »

  1. A revolving tower block, an indoor ski slope in Dubai squatting next to the world’s tallest free standing structure. I find myself asking what the balance is between advancing the art and using one’s common sense.

    The Pyramids were dual purpose mausoleums and astrological tools, the hanging gardens blended high rise architecture and vegetation.

    Now we have towers that perform the function of a building but in addition to that it spins. It spins? I mean seriously, what’s the point? Maybe if it spins fast enough centrifugal force will spin the architect right out of the windows on an upper storey.

    Comment by Ian Gordon | 21 September 2007 | Reply

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