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Turning Torso
Santiago Calatrava
Malmö, Sweden

From top to bottom, Calatrava’s anthropomorphic apartment tower twists 90º. The building was constructed by stacking nine warped cubes, each five stories high, on top of each other; each cube rotates about 11º from the one below it. An external spine buttresses the twist, mimicking a human spinal column, while an exoskeleton sprouts from the spine to provide wind resistance and damp the building’s vibrations.

Credit: Patrick Persson/EPA/Corbis

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