Rotate this: Spiral spinning tower will turn real estate developers' cranks

When I first saw Shin Kuo's "Turn to the Future" tower on Citylab I thought it was as silly as, well, David Fisher's dubious twirling towers in Dubai.

looking up at building© Shin Kuo

But on closer examination, it is a very different thing. One problem in real estate development is that the units that don't have good views and are lower in the building sell for a lot less than the upper floors with a view. This leads to income stratification, with the richest people at the top of the architectural pile. Shin Kuo writes in his entry to the A'Design Award Competition:

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. The high income people find it hard to buy the top floor of living spaces in buildings because there are a limited amount of these units in the most major cities. I think every person should have a chance to share an equal view of their city and landscape from their living spaces.

Turn to The Future from Shin on Vimeo.

To solve this problem and prevent class warfare in the elevators, he has designed a building that is in fact a giant spiral ramp. Residential units start at the top and roll down from parking spot to parking spot, with services like electrical, water and waste plugging themselves in and out. Or as John Metcalfe puts it more dramatically in Citylab:

detail of building closeup© Shin Kuo

To prevent huge fireballs, each home's gas and electric lines would automatically detach before moving and reattach in new ports at its destination. And of course everyone's front doors would lock before a repositioning, to avoid a horrible rain of bodies.

Interior rendering© Shin Kuo

It is the end of architectural inequality as everyone gets the ride from top to bottom, 360° views, and a fun ride by crane up the middle of the building to the top, where it starts all over again. Since the units run on rails, they can be prefabricated offsite:

The materials used in construction for this building are: aluminum, steel, smart glass and solar panels. Materials considered for the units of the building should be light, strong and soft, which includes carbon fiber, bendable concrete and artificial bone. The units will be built by 3D printing in the factory and send to the building.

whole building rendering© Shin Kuo

Imagine. No longer will the 1% fight with the .001% over who gets the view and the top floor. The true sharing economy comes to architecture. Where do I sign?

Tags: Designers | Wretched Excess

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