Calatrava's Turning Torso wins CTBUH's 10 Year Award

The twisting Swedish skyscraper is the tallest building in Scandinavia.

August 11, 2015 |
Turning Torso wins CTBUH's 10 Year Award

Photo: Turning Torso, Väsk/Creative Commons

Malmö, Sweden's Turning Torso is this year's winner of the 10 Year Award from The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The 623-foot, 57-story tower was the world's first twisting skyscraper. Completed in 2005, the building, designed by Santiago Calatrava, rotates 90 degrees along its height.

As Scandinavia's tallest building—and the 48th tallest in Europe—Turning Turso has become the highlight of Malmö's Western Harbor.

The 10 Year Award recognizes projects that have experienced sustained success, taking into account environmental factors, engineering performance, vertical transport, and iconography.

“Iconic, astonishing, and inspirational, the unusual building has had a deep influence in our industry and has added a unique feature to Malmö’s skyline," said Vincent Tse, CTBUH Trustee and Managing Director at Parsons Brinckerhoff, in a statement. "Since this project was announced 15 years ago, architects worldwide have been inspired. It is without doubt that Turning Torso has greatly influenced the way tall building design has developed over the past decade, especially with regard to 3D geometric design.”

Turning Torso will be honored at the CTBUH 14th Annual Awards Symposium in Chicago on November 12. It will also be featured in the annual edition of the Best Tall Buildings book.

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