Calatrava in Malmo

I am currently in Malmo visiting BIMobject and Graphisoft Sweden.

I was here briefly in 2008 and saw the Turning Torso by Calatrava but didn’t have time to get up close!

The tower is 190 metres high and has 54 stories. It is the tallest building in Sweden and when completed in 2005 it was the 2nd tallest residential building in Europe.

Santiago Calatrava is a spanish sculptor, architect and engineer and the building was based on a sculpture of Calatrava’s known as the Twisting Torso – a white marble piece based on the form of a twisting human being.

The building is constructed in nine segments of five-story pentagons that twist as it rises; the topmost segment is twisted ninety degrees clockwise with respect to the ground floor. Each floor consists of an irregular pentagonal shape rotating around the vertical core, which is supported by an exterior steel framework. The two bottom segments are intended as office space. Segments three to nine house 147 luxury apartments.

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