Dubai has seen it all when it comes to buildings, from the tall to the underwater (which never happened) to whole buildings that will rotate. However imagine a building that looks like a big wheel but turns at two different speeds, this is the Wheel of Dubai.
The people behind this stunning looking structure are the Dutch firm Royal Haskoning , and they are not just in the business of developing a fantastic looking building they also have a use for it too. To quote from their website (there is no way I could describe it better):
“Our design is radically different, it revolves around a huge void, providing a dramatic and totally original profile. It consists of 2 different parallel rotating structures. On one side is the fast rotating structure, which has a full rotation cycle of 30 minutes. It contains of 36 classic viewing capsules, which are projecting from the side of the Wheel, allowing for maximum panorama.
On the other side of the wheel is the slow rotating (so vibration free) structure, which has a full rotation cycle of 6 hours and 24 large capsules providing space for hotel rooms, swimming pool, restaurant and really any other imaginable function. Why not a catwalk, a showroom, a discotheque?”
Why not indeed, big wheels have come along way since the fairground rides I used to go om back in the 80’s they are springing up all over the place as ways to see a City. The London Eye is one, however this idea is great as it add’s something extra to the concept, truly unique.