Archive for May 15th, 2007

dynamic architecture = green architecture


Set to be constructed – of course – in Dubai, this skyscraper designed by architect David Fisher rotates by wind power. But not as a whole – this building rotates by individual floor, creating what Fisher calls ‘dynamic architecture’.

Dynamic Architecture buildings keep modifying their shape. As each floor rotates separately, the form of the building changes constantly; you may not see the same building twice.

Dynamic architecture marks a new era in architecture. This new approach, based on motion dynamics, is in fact a challenge to traditional architecture that until now was based on gravity.

Dynamic Architecture buildings will become the symbol of a new philosophy that will change the look of our cities and the concept of living. From now on, buildings will have a fourth new dimension TIME. Buildings will not be confined to rigid shapes; construction will have a new approach and flexibility. Cities will change faster than we ever imagined. [David Fisher, from]

So I know what you’re thinking – incredibly wasteful, right? Not if Fisher is successful in placing horizontal wind turbines between each of the tower’s floors – providing 48 turbines to power the building’s spinning.


In addition to the horizontal turbines, the building is to be fitted with photovoltaic panels on the roof – generating approximately 7 million dollars worth of electricity every year, according to Fisher.

Each turbine can produce 0.3 megawatt of electricity, compared to 1-1.5 megawatt generated by a normal vertical turbine (windmill). Considering that Dubai gets 4,000 wind hours annually, the turbines incorporated into the building can generate 1,200,000 kilowatt-hour of energy.

As average annual power consumption of a family is estimated to be 24,000 kilowatt-hour, each turbine can supply energy for about 50 families. The Dynamic Architecture tower in Dubai will be having 200 apartments and hence four turbines can take care of their energy needs. The surplus clean energy produced by the remaining 44 turbines can light up the neighborhood of the building. [David Fisher, from]

So, the building doesn’t just power itself and it’s own spinning/rotating – it can also power its surrounding urban area? My ninja, please


What’s with people and spinning buildings?

::all images and info from

Posted: May 15th, 2007
at 12:41pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,green arch,towering pagodas

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green lighthouse


Another innovative ‘green’ skyscraper to be built in Dubai. I want everyone to consider this: the UAE is building more incredible ‘green’ buildings than anyone else, basically – and they have oil. Anyone else thinking maybe thats a sign that the rest of us should jump on board? No? Anyone?

::more at treehugger::

Posted: May 15th, 2007
at 12:09pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,green arch,towering pagodas,sidenote

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The Burj al-Taqa [‘Energy Tower’]


Designed by German architect Eckhard Gerber, this 322 meter, 68 storey skyscraper to be constructed in Riyadh, Dubai and Bahrain [yes, multiple buildings, apparently] will not only be the world’s 22nd tallest building – it will be zero emissions as well.

Despite its looks [not a huge fan – you?], the project has a lot going on – more than I’m going to get into in depth. For starters, its shape is designed to expose as little surface area [of facade] as possible to the sun. The building also has a ‘solar shield’ covering the 60% of its surface most affected by the sun – constructed from ultra modern materials that aren’t even available on the market yet.

The building will also utilize natural ventilation for cooling, as well as some sea-water air cooling systems. Additionally, a 60 meter wind turbine and 15,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels on the building’s roof – along with 17,000 square meters of ‘floating’ PV panels on the ocean [within view of the tower] – will generate ALL of the building’s electricity. All excess electricity will be used to obtain hydrogen from the sea water – which is stored in fuel cells which are used to power the building at night. It even has heliostats to bring natural light into the center of the building.

Want more? Read the in-depth article over at spiegel online.


::via spiegel online – thanks to Pete Quily for the link::

::also covered by architechnophilia and treehugger::

ed. note : I’m thinking that Tuesdays will somehow be our ‘green architecture/design’ day from now on. Not to say that we will be limiting when we post on green arch & design, but Tuesdays will actually be a focused day devoted to green posts [just pretend those shopping carts below are made of bamboo or something]. So if you see a ‘green’ project or item that you think should be on architecture.mnp let us know at!

Posted: May 15th, 2007
at 12:03pm by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,green arch,featured ninjas,towering pagodas

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photo du jour 15.05.2007


Not really architecture related – but a great photo nonetheless. Yes, its a circle of shopping carts – and hell yeah I filed it under the ‘installation’ category…
::via designwalker [original source unknown]::

Posted: May 15th, 2007
at 11:24am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,photographie,installation

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