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Howells unveils revolving tower

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Glenn Howells Architects has submitted these proposals for the world's first revolving residential tower for planning.

The Time Residences, in Dubai, will rely on solar power to turn the cylindrical structure, which is being billed as a new 'kinetic icon'. It will make a full 360-degree turn in seven days.

The £40 million project will require £20 million extra for the rotational technology.

According to the practice, the 'strong tower form' will be 'anchored by a 20m-high horizontal podium and crowned by an elegant crescent'.

The 30-storey development will house 200 apartments, from one-bed flats to triplex penthouses with double-height spaces, internal infinity pools and state-of-the-art private cinemas.

There are also plans for an outdoor pool and a 'moon lounge'.

The practice's managing director Glenn Howells said: 'The [development] is an eco-friendly sustainable design, using solar power to revolve the cylindrical form and recycling water to irrigate the landscaped gardens.

'Our designs for the unique segment-shaped apartments maximise external awareness and provide panoramic views for residents.'

Construction of the tower is expected to begin in June with completion due in early 2009.

by Richard Waite

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