A Giant Funhouse Wind Turbine: Your New Apartment?
May 18, 2015 - Rotterdam
The Dutch city of Rotterdam will soon to be home to a giant wind turbine comprising private residences, a hotel, offices, shops, and a futuristic ferris wheel.
Designed by South African architect Duzan Doepel and developed by DoepelStrijkers, Meysters and BLOC, the Dutch WindWheel, will stand at 174 metres tall with two loops made of glass and steel.
The inner loop will contain the property, hospitality and retail units while the outer band will comprise 40 revolving cabins, each of which will be equipped with ‘smart walls’.
These will be touchscreen glass panels featuring hologram virtual guides and information on every landmark spotted from the cabin – including UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinderdijk.
Part of the ‘ride’ will be underwater and there will also be an optional bonus 3D experience on the Dutch water management system’s long history.
The building will be powered by electrostatic wind energy converter technology (EWICON). EWICON will generate power without making any noise or vibrations – good news for residents!
The unusual shape and sheer height of the Dutch WindWheel ensure that it will be a notable landmark in the city which should attract around 1.5 million visitors annually.
Construction is slated to begin in 2018 with completion occurring at some point between 2020 and 2022.
There will be 72 apartments on offer together with a seven-storey hotel featuring 160 rooms, according to Property Report.
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