This Imagined Spinning Skyscraper Offers Everyone Sky-High 360° Views


Industrial designer Shin Kuo offers his solution to class conflict—not with regards to education or income, but to who has the best view.

Dubbed “Turn to the Future,” the ambitious spinning skyscraper concept features a building with units that rotate at predetermined times, giving everybody a 360-degree view of the city. The structure would showcase apartments sliding on a spiral rail around a central pillar. Each home’s gas and electric lines would automatically detach before moving and reattach in new ports at its destination to avoid fire issues, and each front door would lock before repositioning. Once the apartment reaches the bottom of the spiral, it would be whipped back up to the very top of the building by a crane.


“Urbanization has become a big trend in the world,” Kuo tells The Atlantic’s City Lab. “Because of that, buildings will become higher and higher, and more and more people who live in the lower floors of buildings will get their views blocked. Based on the results from both the Asian and the American market research, there is a [difference] in sales or rental prices between the lower floor units and higher floor units in the same building. In the future, all the top floors of buildings will be owned by people with very high incomes and the middle to lower income people will only have a limited view from their living spaces.”

Eco-conscious folks will be pleased to know that the design incorporates solar panels and a regenerative braking system—not to mention amusement rides.



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Behold the ‘Al Noor Tower’: Soon to be the Tallest Skyscraper in Africa



“Al Noor Tower” (Tower of Light)—slated to begin construction in Casablanca next June—will become the tallest skyscraper in Africa, dethroning the current holder of this distinction, Johannesburg’s 223-meter-high Carlton Centre. The tower is part of a larger project from Dubai-based Middle East Development, “Al Noor City“ (The City of Lights).

Designed by Valode & Pistre, the highly symbolic skyscraper—expected to cost $1 billion—will soar 540 meters high to represent the 54 African countries, and will have 114 floors to reflect the number of chapters found in the Koran. Its facade has been designed as a pixilated representation of Africa’s one thousand languages.

Expected to be completed in 2018, Al Noor will cover a massive area of approximately 3,229,173 square feet, and will contain a 200-suite luxury hotel; a trading platform; a conference hall; and a large art gallery, in addition to a staggering 100-meter-tall atrium that hollows the tower’s base.

The tower’s website states, “The design of Al Noor Tower is elegant and gives the feeling of a wedding dress. From the side, the tower looks like a fountain pen, which is the tool that Sheikh Tarek is using to design the future. The height of the tower is 540 meters to remind us that Africa has 54 countries. Everyone in Africa will feel part of that tower.”


Images and information courtesy of ArchDaily and Inhabitat