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The new Cayan Tower, also known as Infinity Tower, opened in June 2013 in Dubai. It was designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), the architects who also designed Dubai?s Burj Dubai (Burj Khalifa).
The skyscraper twists upwards in a spiral shape, earning it the nickname Infinity Tower. The top part of the skyscraper is at 90° to its base. It rotates around a central core containing all the building?s technological systems (mechanical, electrical and hydraulic).
The unusual shape chosen by the architects offers a number of structural benefits for the Infinity Tower; specifically, rotating the volume disperses the wind and reduces its strength as it whips along its vertical façades, and the perforated metal cladding screens out the sun?s rays to shelter the interior from the intense desert heat.
Design: Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Images: courtesy of SOM