Twisting Towers

Santiago Calatrava,

Dubai, Shanghai,


Inspired by the CTBUH study of the "twisting towers", here is a rapid overview of twisting towers all over the world: iconic examples of contemporary architecture presented in Floornature.

Twisting Towers

A recent study by the CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) looks at a specific type of skyscraper with an “unusual” shape: "twisting towers". This type of tall building has become very popular in different parts of the world in the past decade, creating a new generation of iconic skyscrapers, as demonstrated in CTBUH’s study entitled “Twisting Tall Buildings". The study compares a number of features of "twisting towers" such as total height, degree of rotation, etc. Some of the most important towers examined in the study have also been presented in the pages of Floornature:

The Shanghai Tower designed by Gensler, China’s tallest building and the world’s second tallest building, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Another important twisting tower was also designed by the same architects as the Burj Khalifa, SOM, the Cayan Tower or Infinity Tower. Europe is home to the Evolution Tower in Moscow, designed by RMJM with artist Karen Forbes, and the Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Canada has the Absolute Towers, designed by Chinese studio MAD Architects, while in Miami, BIG designed The Grove in Grand Bay.