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Calatrava’s Turning Torso recognised with 10 Year Award

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Calatrava’s twisting tower in Malmö has been recognised with the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 10 Year Award

The award was handed to the 190m-tall skyscraper for its contribution to the city and community of Malmö over its life.

Completed in 2005, the 54-storey residential tower, which is still the tallest building in the Swedish city, was one of the first skyscrapers to ‘twist’, rotating 90 degrees along its height.

According to the judges, the building ‘embodies Malmö’s revival and Sweden’s determination to lead the world in expressive, sustainable design typologies’.

Timothy Johnson, vice chairman, CTBUH board of trustees and partner at NBBJ, said: ‘The Twisting Torso is one of those superb examples that went beyond the creation of a signature tower and helped shape an entirely new and invigorating urban fabric’

Vincent Tse, CTBUH trustee and managing director at Parsons Brinckerhoff, added: ‘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. 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 3-D geometric design.’

The prize will be presented at the CTBUH Annual Awards Symposium being held at the Illnois Institute of Technology in Chicago on 12 November.

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