One of the lat­est fash­ion trends among some archi­tects design­ing sky­scrap­ers is an unusu­al sin­u­ous shape that changes intri­cate­ly to the very top. The first mod­ern curved sky­scraper was Turn­ing Tor­so in Malmö, Swe­den. The struc­ture is built in nine seg­ments of five-sto­ry pen­tagons, which are dis­placed rel­a­tive to the pre­vi­ous base. The con­struc­tion of this build­ing was fea­tured on the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel TV pro­gram “Extreme Engi­neer­ing”. The tow­er also received some pub­lic­i­ty when Aus­tri­an sky­div­er Felix Baum­gart­ner para­chut­ed from its top on August 18, 2006.

unusual skyscrapers

Con­tin­u­ing a series of arti­cles about the most beau­ti­ful sky­scrap­ers, let’s move on to a sto­ry about unusu­al­ly shaped build­ings. After the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of Turn­ing Tor­so, design­ers began to pro­pose sim­i­lar bold struc­tures else­where. Many projects have been shelved, oth­ers have been approved and built, and sev­er­al of them are cur­rent­ly in the works. Here we explore some of the most unusu­al sky­scraper designs around the world, but first, a few pho­tos of the tow­er that start­ed it all. You can also vis­it a sep­a­rate arti­cle ded­i­cat­ed to this sky­scraper.

The Turn­ing Tor­so project was designed by the Span­ish archi­tect San­ti­a­go Cala­tra­va and offi­cial­ly opened on August 27, 2005. The tow­er reach­es a height of 190 meters with 54 floors. Includes 147 apart­ments, enter­tain­ment com­plex­es, wine cel­lar, accom­pa­nied by a 24-hour concierge ser­vice 365 days a year. Each floor has an unusu­al pen­tag­o­nal shape revolv­ing around a ver­ti­cal core which is sup­port­ed by an exter­nal steel struc­ture. Tor­so is the tallest sky­scraper in Swe­den and all Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries, and the third tallest res­i­den­tial build­ing in Europe.

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Airship of the future

2. Infinity Tower, Dubai

The Infin­i­ty Tow­er is 306 meters high and has 76 floors. It is cur­rent­ly under con­struc­tion in Dubai, Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates. When com­plet­ed, it will be the tallest heli­cal build­ing in the world with a 90-degree twist. The tow­er was designed by the same archi­tec­tur­al team that built the Burj Khal­i­fa and Trump Tow­er in Chica­go. The unusu­al sky­scraper in the form of a spi­ral will have res­i­den­tial apart­ments, con­fer­ence rooms, ten­nis courts, swim­ming pools, a mod­ern gym­na­si­um and a resort.

3. Twisting Avaz Tower

Avaz is a 176 meters high sky­scraper with­in Sara­je­vo, Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina. With a twist­ed façade and inter­est­ing design, this is the head­quar­ters of Dnevni Avaz, a Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina media com­pa­ny.


4. Absolute Towers in Canada

Absolute Tow­ers is a res­i­den­tial com­plex of two sky­scrap­ers in Mis­sis­sauga, Ontario. One sky­scraper reach­es 179 meters high, while the oth­er reach­es 161 meters. Due to the unusu­al design of the build­ing, they called the tow­er “Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe” because of the beau­ti­ful shapes.

5. Kuwait Trade Center

The Kuwait Mall, also known as the Al Tijaria Tow­er, is a mag­nif­i­cent sky­scraper at 218 meters tall and is cur­rent­ly the tallest build­ing in Kuwait.

6. Revolution Tower, Panama City

The Rev­o­lu­tion Tow­er is an extra­or­di­nary corkscrew tow­er com­plex for mod­ern offices in Pana­ma City, just a few min­utes away from the bank­ing cen­ter. The 242-meter rein­forced con­crete tow­er has 52 floors and rotates 360 as it ris­es.

7. Hadid Tower in Milan

The wind­ing tow­er designed by Zaha Hadid Archi­tects (ZHA) is cur­rent­ly under con­struc­tion in Milan, Italy. As part of CityLife, Milan’s new mas­ter plan, locat­ed in the his­toric dis­trict of Fiera, the Hadid Tow­er (Torre Hadid) will reach 170m in height with 44 floors. The new com­plex will be con­nect­ed to the metro sta­tion, the Hadid Tow­er is being built next to the 220 meter high Ara­ta Isoza­ki & Asso­ciates sky­scraper and the 150 meter Daniel Libe­skind Tow­er.

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Tallest abandoned structures in the world

8. Evolution Tower in Moscow

The Evo­lu­tion Tow­er is cur­rent­ly under con­struc­tion as part of the Moscow Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness Cen­ter, a mod­ern archi­tec­tur­al land­mark in Moscow. Each floor will be curved 3 degrees rel­a­tive to the pre­vi­ous one, for a total of 135 degrees. Con­struc­tion of the tow­er began in 2007 and was sched­uled for com­ple­tion in 2013. Since April 2013, work has been under­way on the 42nd floor of the build­ing. The tow­er was designed by archi­tect Tony Ket­tle.

9. Gehry skyscraper in Hannover

The Gehry Tow­er is a nine-sto­ry build­ing locat­ed in Han­nover, Ger­many, built by renowned archi­tect Frank Gehry. Built from stain­less steel, the sky­scraper is unique in its exter­nal façade.

10. Opus in Hong Kong

Opus in Hong Kong is anoth­er wind­ing build­ing designed by Frank Gehry. The build­ing con­sists of 12 res­i­den­tial units includ­ing two semi-detached hous­es with swim­ming pools, park­ing, gyms, rain­wa­ter treat­ment for irri­ga­tion and charg­ing sys­tems for elec­tric vehi­cles.

11. Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers

The spi­ral tow­ers of Mode Gakuen are 170 meters high. The 36-sto­ry edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tion is locat­ed on the busy main street of Nagoya City in Japan. The wing-like shape of the tow­ers, nar­row at the top, changes the axis of rota­tion as it ris­es and cre­ates an organ­ic curve. The Spi­ral Tow­ers appear to change shape when viewed from dif­fer­ent angles, pro­duc­ing a grace­ful dynam­ic impres­sion, high­light­ing the bold design and struc­ture, dis­play­ing com­plete con­sis­ten­cy.

We will com­plete our selec­tion with a build­ing that is not quite typ­i­cal for it, the Danc­ing House in Prague. This is a rather unusu­al build­ing, one of the new archi­tec­tur­al sights of Prague, which undoubt­ed­ly deserves atten­tion.

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Edinburgh Castle was built on the site of an ancient extinct volcano

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