Engineering is perfected more and more also thanks to new materials and generative design: unimaginable heights of knowledge and competence, which are making feasible representations of the future that seem to come out of science fiction films. A skyscraper in Dubai is always a gateway to the future, and this dynamic tower confirms it.
The Dubai skyline could have an even more futuristic look thanks to the Turkish architect's concept Hayri Atak. Squall Tower, this is its name, is a skyscraper designed to physically rotate in the wind, according to a press release provided by the architect.
The Squall Tower was recently unveiled on the website and on the architect's social media, offering an in-depth look at the building.
The concept designed by the team of Turkish architects Hayri Atak, Kaan Kılıçdağ, Büşra Köksal and Kübra Türk, combines three different parameters in the most appropriate way, to generate a kind of perpetual turbine.
The designers were inspired by vertical wind turbines and, unlike skyscrapers that resist the force of the wind, the Squall Tower moves evenly with its surroundings.
The tower features three ribbon-shaped segments designed to rotate slowly, at a fixed speed. The segments rotate around a central axis, with numerous branches connecting everything together.
Rotation with minimum speed will be possible thanks to the aerodynamic design of the cross section of each of the three components.
Squall Tower, perpetual pinwheel
With or without wind, a full rotation will be completed every 48 hours. Like many revolving restaurants, the tower will allow its occupants to have a comprehensive view of Dubai.
Regardless of the direction of the wind, says Atak, the skyscraper will be able to generate electricity thanks to its rotation.
A truly ambitious project, even in an already futuristic context like Dubai: it is not clear when or if the construction of the Squall Tower will take place.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.