I recently read that six months into any crisis is a time of high fatigue. It's OK, we are all feeling it! All those good intentions to get things done around the house seem to have fallen by the wayside, in favour of yet more bingeing on Netflix! I think the best evidence of my own personal fatigue is the fact that I simply FORGOT to write a newsletter last month. I think I have been doing these newsletters monthly for more than five years, maybe six, and last month I just forgot. So, to try to take our minds off pandemic fatigue, I thought I would find something totally off the wall to share with you this month.

The Dynamic Tower, or the DaVinci Tower, is a proposed 80-floor tower to be built in Dubai. What is special about it is that each floor will rotate 360 degrees every three hours, affording the residents sunrise and sunset views every day from their own unit.

The part that strikes me as the most surprising about this building is that it is not the first of its kind. Suite Vollard was completed in 2001 in Brazil. The main difference between Suite Vollard and the DaVinci tower is that the latter will be prefabricated, with 40 modules built for each floor at a factory site. This approach will apparently allow for the entire building to be built 30% faster than a similar building constructed in the traditional manner. It also allows for safer working conditions. The core of the building will be built on site, with a special connection for clean water for each unit. The technology for these connections will be based on procedures used to refuel airplanes in mid flight.

The entire tower is to be powered from wind turbines built into each floor and solar panels covering the roof of the building. These off-grid methods of producing the building’s energy are expected to generate enough power for five buildings of the same size. Does it all sound too good to be true? It just might be. As I dug a little further, I learned that the architect for this proposed project has never built a skyscraper, is not particularly well known, and has not practised in architecture regularly for decades. As of 2020 construction has not commenced, and there has been no announcement of the site for the building.

Maybe it is just the six-month mark of the pandemic, but for some reason this off-the-wall building proposal and the unlikely circumstances of its ever coming into existence gave me a chuckle. There are many weird and wonderful buildings out there. Will this one ever be amongst them? You do have to wonder!

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