30 November, 2006

'Fair Housing' coming to Dubai

Justice is coming to Dubai's pricey housing market.

USA Today:
The tower, announced Wednesday, will use the Persian Gulf's abundant sunshine to power the building's slow rotation that brings it full circle once a week, said Nick Cooper, a British engineer designing the rotation mechanism.

"This will be a fair building," said Cooper, of M.G. Bennett and Associates Ltd. of Rotherham, England. "Everybody will have the same views for the same amount of time, so you won't have certain rooms with the best view."

The 80,000-ton building with 200 apartments will sit on a giant bearing 30 yards in diameter, coated with a nearly frictionless polymer, Cooper said. Twenty small electric engines will turn the building a few degrees each hour, Cooper said.
This isn't the only rotating building to discussed for the Emirates. Here's one that would revolve 8 times a day. Here's one designed for Dubai by Koolhaas. (Koolhaas is also doing an ec-friendly design for RAK which he says is now "'at the moment just an airstrip for Russian prostitutes." Did he get the project?) Then there's the rotating bed.

There are probably other examples.

11 comments:

psamtani said...

Stupidest idea everrrrr!

poo said...

hmm I was hoping that you meant this by fair housing.The act not some rotating building.

BTW has any one ever had a Landlord / Realtor refuse to rent a property because of their race, ethnicity, or nationality ?

Harsha said...

I assumed 'fair housing' to be a new project. Ha!

tough luck for ppl decorating their houses according to feng shui or vaastu shastra.

actually even otherwise.. wouldnt it be annoying if the sun was rising from a different angle all the time.

Ppl would have to keep shifting their indoor plants, sofas, tv's to adjust the lighting?

Even if the rotation time periods are fixed, lighting around the house changing through the day could be annoying.

BD said...

Great idea! No need to shift the plants--they'll all get the same amount of sunlight wherever they are. And the full rotation in a week means the movement will hardly be perceptible even if one sits for an hour trying to see it.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I know this is off topic, but don't know where else to write it!

Has this become an advertising channel for Islamic Center????

archer14 said...

Coming soon....

Clockwise and Anti-clockwise towers! Now you don't have to be confined to turning in one direction forever!

Rubik's cube towers! Built to shift up bottom dwellers and bring new meaning to the word equality.

The Rocket tower. All flats sold out. Penthouse available.

poo said...

archer14

Hey, you forgot the Merry-Go-Round tower that rotates fast enough to make the investors puke.

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

This doesn't sound too fair for people with motion sickness.

Anonymous said...

Off topic but

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoPGOyRWuUU

Anonymous said...

Anyone know how they would repair it if there's a problem with the rotation mechanism? Could they be for instance, using a system like how the cranes are hoisted at building sites?

Anonymous said...

Anyone know how they would repair it if there's a problem with the rotation mechanism? Could they be for instance, using a system like how the cranes are hoisted at building sites?

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