Skyscraper Sunday: City of Arabia's "Green" Times Residences

City_of_arabia_times_residences_1 Dubai has money like no other place I’ve ever seen.  They’re working to beat Taipei 101, so they can have the tallest building in the world.  Now, they’ve announced this building called Times Residences, which is aiming to be the only rotating residential structure in the world.  Solar energy will be stored and used to rotate the 80,000 ton, 30-floor structure, 52 degrees every 24 hours.  The project will cost about $109M/Dh400.  Construction is slated to begin June 2007 and end in the first quarter of 2009.  Units will range in size from 1-5 bedrooms and everything will be up-scale + luxurious.  The project was designed by Glenn Howells Architects + Palmer and Turner

In total, there will be 200 residences and everyone will have a 360 degree view due to the solar- powered rotation.  Apparently, one will also be able to tell time by the way the building is lined up, etc.  Although prices for the residences have not been released, sales are expected to begin in March 2007.  What’s more, the developer, Dubai Property Ring, plans to build 23 more rotating towers in each of the world’s time zones.  Whether the building actually gets built is another story.  And although the company states the technology will allow the building to rotate 5 mm/second using a mere 21 electric kettles’ worth of electricity, I’m thinking there must be a better use for all that solar powerWhat do you think?  Via ecofriend.

Extra Links:
Rotating Tower to be Solar-Powered [Gulf News]
Dubai to Get ‘World’s First Turning Tower’ [Middle East Times]
Dubai Plans First Rotating Skyscraper [USA Today]


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  • http://www.adeelahmad.com realdeal

    What do I think?
    Anything that puts solar power in the Middle East is HUGE, even if it’s a dumb application.

  • http://www.uranium-stocks.net Bob

    Terrific to see such imaginative innovation we hope it goes well but the future is still nuclear

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Thanks for dropping by realdeal and Bob.

    Realdeal – I agree with you to a point, but there comes a time where frivolous, unconscionable consumption shouldn’t go unchecked.

    Bob – I think there are a lot of people that would disagree with your assertion on nuclear–find what to do with all that radioactive waste. But we’ll see…

  • Paul

    An awesome, magical, idea. I hope this is one project that gets built.

    Preston: Whether “frivolous” gets to go unchecked, really depends on where the money comes from to do it. I say, if its their money, let them do what they want!

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