Can the modern architecture ever cease to amaze us? We have had amazing buildings and tall towers with hundreds of floors. However, none of these buildings come even close to the beauty of the twisted towers that are a new craze among architects. The trend began with the design of the Turning Torso by a Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava which was completed in 2005. The idea, of building skyscrapers and residential buildings with a twist, has since been embraced by designers all around the world.
We gathered the best of these twisted buildings for you, have a look at the list and enjoy!
Turning Torso (Malmo, Sweden)
The first of its kind, the Turning Torso, is a residential skyscraper in Sweden. It is located in Malmo and is the tallest one in the whole Scandinavia. The architect, ‘Santiago Calatrava’ designed the 54-storey building. It reaches a height of 190 meters (623 ft) and consists of 147 apartments.
Cayan Tower (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
This tower, also known as the Infinity Tower, is constructed by Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development and is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill SOM architectural group that are famous for their other designs, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Trump Tower in Chicago. The 306-meter tower consists of 73 stories. It was the tallest high-rise twisted building when it opened up in 2013.
Al Tijaria Tower (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
Al Tijaria Tower, also known as the Kuwait Trade Center, is a helix inspired building with an exterior made of aluminum and glass. It is located in Sharq area in the Kuwait City facing the Sour Street. The 41-storey building has a height of 218m (715 ft). The body of the tower twists by 80 degrees as you climb from the first floor to the last.
Evolution Tower (Moscow, Russia)
The Evolution Tower is one of the most mesmerizing towers on the list. The 55-storey building resembles two ribbons wrapping around each other. With a twist of 3 degrees at every floor; the whole tower turns a total of 135 degrees. It is also known as the City Palace and the Wedding Palace. The building was completed in 2015, and upon completion, it won the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2015.
Avaz Twist Tower (Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina)
The Avas Twist Tower is in fact, the headquarters of a Bosnian newspaper company called Dnevni Avaz. It is a 176 m tall skyscraper and is located in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. Beginning in 2006, the construction of the tower took two years. It was chosen among the ten most beautiful buildings in the world, by a German company ‘Schüco.’
Al Majdoul Tower (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
The 244m (801 ft) high, Al Majdoul Tower is under construction in the city of Riyadh, Saudia Arabia. The completion of the project, by Consolidated Consultants Group, is expected in 2017. The building will have a total of 54 floors offering exciting activities not only during the day but also for the night-time.
Tao Zhu Yin Yuan (Taipei, Taiwan)
The carbon-eating tower, designed by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, is expected to be completed by September 2017. The 21-storey building is a complex that is built to reduce energy consumption by utilizing natural lighting and ventilation. The design includes rainwater recycling and rooftop solar panels. The building will have 42 sustainable apartments with facilities.
Shanghai Tower (Shanghai, China)
This one is an absolute beast being the world’s tallest twisted building with a height of 632 meters (2073 ft). The super-skyscraper is a 127-storey building with the world’s highest observation deck and the world’s fastest elevators with a speed of 20.5 m/s. It is located in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai and is owned by the Shanghai city government. The building opened to the general public in February 2015.
Diamond Tower (Jeddah, Saudia Arabia)
The Diamond Tower is one of the tallest skyscrapers. It is still under construction in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. The 93-storey, 432-meter (1,417 ft) high twisted tower is a residential building which will become Saudia Arabia’s second tallest building upon its completion in 2019.
United Tower (Manama, Bahrain)
The twirling structure of the United Tower was developed by Cooperation Investment House and constructed by Ahmed Al Qaed Construction. The 50-storey building is located in Bahrain Bay close to the City of Manama. Its octagonal structure twists counter-clockwise to give a 360-degree view of the Bay. The 200m (656-ft) high skyscraper mostly consists of 5-star hotels.
Yes, there are more. If you did not find your favorite one among this list, tell us about it in the comments!