Behold, a building measuring some 73 stories, roughly a third of a kilometer in height. Now imagine that it has a twist of 90 degrees built into its frame, basically forming a corkscrew or the shape of a piece of fusilli. Now imagine, on top of all that, that it rotates, thus ensuring that the twist in the frame is perpetually twisting. Located in Dubai, the Infinity Tower is not only part of that city’s extensive building program. Once completed, it will be the tallest the building in the world to be helical in shape and to rotate.
And Infinity is hardly the only one of its kind, being very similar in concept to the HSB Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden. At 190 meters and 54 stories, this helical building, is the tallest building in Scandinavia, and the third tallest in Europe. Similar projects have been under construction in Doha and elsewhere, where twisting structures have also been proposed.
Yes, the age of dynamic architecture appears to be upon us ladies and gentlemen. Buildings that move, either in their entirety, or from floor to floor, are now seriously being proposed. What’s more, they present an opportunity to incorporate green technology – such as solar panels and wind turbines since any dynamic building would require its own power source.
Check out the video below for some cool footage on Infinity and other dynamic building concepts: