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Dubai May Soon Be Home to the World’s First 'Rotating Skyscraper'

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Residents of a new skyscraper in Dubai will be able to fall asleep in front of one view and wake up facing another. That’s because, when completed, the structure will be the first to include rotating floors capable of moving independently from one another.

According to Travel + Leisure, David Fischer of the Dynamic Group is the architect with the ambitious vision to build the world’s first rotating skyscraper. Each unit is to be built separately, which would also make the building the first prefabricated skyscraper on Earth. Once constructed, the apartments will be attached to a central, stationary hub with wind turbines between each floor that generate electricity. Using voice commands, residents will be able to tell the unit to start, stop, adjust its rotation speed, and move to follow the sun or shade. The price of each living space is estimated to come out to $30 million.

The project has been met with numerous setbacks since it was proposed in 2008, but Fischer recently shared that it’s back on with completion set for 2020. The rotating skyscraper would join Dubai’s lineup of remarkable architecture, which includes the first 3D-printed office building and the world’s tallest skyscraper.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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Watch an Artist Build a Secret Studio Beneath an Overpass
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Artists can be very particular about the spaces where they choose to do their work. Furniture designer Fernando Abellanas’s desk may not boast the quietest or most convenient location on Earth, but it definitely wins points for seclusion. According to Co.Design, the artist covertly constructed his studio beneath a bridge in Valencia, Spain.

To make his vision a reality, Abellanas had to build a metal and plywood apparatus and attach it to the top of an underpass. After climbing inside, he uses a crank to wheel the box to the top of the opposite wall. There, the contents of his studio, including his desk, chair, and wall art, are waiting for him.

The art nook was installed without permission from the city, so Abellanas admits that it’s only a matter of time before the authorities dismantle it or it's raided by someone else. While this space may not be permanent, he plans to build others like it around the city in secret. You can get a look at his construction process in the video below.

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One of Frank Lloyd Wright's Final Residential Designs Goes on Sale in Ohio
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In case you’ve missed the many recent sales of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed real estate, you have yet another chance to secure yourself a historical starchitect home. The Louis Penfield House is being sold by its original owners, and it could be yours for a cool $1.3 million. The restored Usonian home in Willoughby Hills, Ohio has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003.

The house is currently a vacation rental and, depending on the preference of the new owner, it could continue to operate as a tourist destination. Or you could take it over as your private residence, which sounds pretty luxurious. It still has a floor-to-ceiling glass-walled living room that looks out on the Chagrin River, and comes with all the original furniture Wright designed. Like Wright’s other Usonian homes, it has a radiant-floor heating system that draws on a natural gas well onsite.

A retro-looking living room features floor-to-ceiling windows.
A bedroom is filled with vintage wooden furniture.

Around the same time as the original commission, Louis and Pauline Penfield also asked Wright to create another house on an adjacent property, and that home would prove to be the architect’s final residential design. It was still on the drawing board when he died unexpectedly in 1959. The sale of the Penfield House includes the original plans for the second house, called Riverrock, so you’d be getting more like 1.5 Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Seems like a pretty good deal to us.

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