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.
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.
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.
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.