December 18, 2004
Revolutionary architecture

RotaTower.jpgMichael Jennings Skypes with the link to this:

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – An unusual apartment building was inaugurated in Brazil, each of whose 11 storeys turns independently, giving lucky residents 360-degree views of the eco-friendly city of Curitiba.

The building is located in a residential neighborhood called Ecoville, in the capital of the southern state of Parana.

It was billed as "the world's only completely revolving tower."

The tower was the latest addition to Curitiba's cutting-edge urban planning, which includes a much-copied bus transit system.

Canada and the United States boast revolving restaurants mounted on skyscrapers, but fall short of Curitiba's newest building.

"It is a great civil construction work of art in modern times," said Alcir Moro, director of the Moro contractor group.

Each 300,000-dollar apartment occupies an entire floor of 287 square meters (3,000 square feet).

Lights, air conditioning and the revolving of the apartment can be turned on and off with a remote control or an oral command.

The owner may also change the direction and speed of the revolutions. At low speed, each floor takes an hour to revolve.

The Modern Movement has finally come full circle.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:50 AM
Category: Architecture