Architecture With a Twist
The Turning Torso is a 54-storey skyscraper located in Malmo, Swenden, and at 190 metres high was the tallest building in Scandinavia upon completion.
Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and modelled on the marble sculpture Twisting Torso(based on the form of a twisting human being that he designed years before), the skyscraper was intended to re-establish a recognisable skyline for the city of Malmo after the Kockums Crane was removed.
Construction on the residential tower began in 2001. Four years later, on 27 August 2005, Turning Torso was officially opened and crowned tallest building in Scandinavia, tallest residential building in the EU and the second tallest residential building in Europe.
With a total of 14,599 square metres of residential space and 4,199 square metres of office space, Turning Torso is one of Calatrava’s largest buildings and one of the first residential buildings designed by this architect.
The most striking feature about this otherwise plain looking building is the gradual twist; ending with the topmost floor rotated ninety degrees clockwise with respect to the ground floor.
This means that residents moving into the building are afforded a choice of views across the city, varying from floor to floor.
The building consists of nine five-story segments that rotate as the structure rises. The pentagonal-shaped segments are fixed to the vertical core, which is supported by an exterior steel framework.
The two bottom segments of the building are used as office space, while segments three to nine consist of 147 luxury apartments.
The building is generally closed to the public, but for a few weeks during the summer months tickets are sold for visitors to ascend the tower and take in the views.
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