When it comes to engineering advances in skyscraper design, unquestionably, most engineers focus on exceeding the building’s height record. We also already know the rotating restaurants perched on top of the towers. Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio went much further by presenting Squall Tower, a turbine-shaped concept of skyscrapers. The architects want to create a tower that will adorn the Dubai skyline.
It is not only the top floor that turns, but the entire skyscraper turns on its base. The idea came from a Turkish architect, Hayri Atak, who proposed this skyscraper concept, dubbed Squall Tower, that will physically rotate with the wind.
Squall Tower, a turbine-shaped skyscraper concept
The Squall Tower, a rotating tower in Dubai, is a conceptual project that was inspired by vertical wind turbines and, unlike wind-resistant skyscrapers, the tower moves evenly with its environment. It comes with three individual ribbon-shaped segments that twist helically around a central axis, with several branches connecting them all.
The cross section of each ribbon is designed to be simplified, allowing it to rotate efficiently with minimal resistance. The rotating tower in Dubai will execute a single revolution once every 48 hours, wind or no wind. Like many revolving restaurants, the tower will allow occupants to have a 360 ° view of Dubai, alternating between ocean and city views.
A helipad at the top of the tower will allow patrons and visitors access from the top, but rotating entrances on the base will provide ingress to each of the building’s three helical towers. Regardless of the direction of the wind, says Atak, the skyscraper will be able to generate electricity for indoor use thanks to its rotation.
It is not clear if we will have a chance to see the real Squall Tower since there’s no word on when the construction for the Squall Tower will begin. But this concept represents one of the ideas that combine technology with the environment. It also helps the world to save energy through electricity generated by the wind.