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Twisted skyscrapers around the world

A look at some of the most twisted skyscraper designs around the world.

Evolution Tower, Moscow, Russia
Height: 807 feet (246 m)
Floors: 54
Average floor rotation: 2 degrees
Total floor rotation: 156 degrees
Building Function: Office

The inspiration for this tall structure was the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and Tatlin's Tower. It was one of the finalists for 'Best Tall Building in Europe' by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
 
 
 
F&F Tower, Panama City , Florida, USA
Height: 797 feet (242 m)
Floors: 53
Average floor rotation: 5 degrees
Total floor rotation: 315 degrees
Building Function: Office

This iconic office building of Panama City was built in 2011 and earned an Emporis Skyscraper Award for its architecture in the same year.
 
 
 
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Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
Height: 2,073 feet (632 m)
Floors: 128
Average floor rotation: 0.938 degrees
Total floor rotation: 120 degrees
Building Function: Hotel/office

The skyscraper is known for its high observation deck at 1,840 feet (561 m) and for fast elevators that can speed up to 20.5 m/s (74 km/h).
 
 
 
Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers, Nagoya, Japan
Height: 560 feet (170 m)
Floors: 38
Average floor rotation: 3 degrees
Total floor rotation: 114 degrees
Building Function: Education

The building has three vocational schools including the Mode-Gakuen for fashion. The shape of the structure reflects the vision of Masaru Tani, President of Mode Gakuen, who felt that the twisting shape would promote creativity among students.
 
 
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Absolute World, Ontario, Canada
Height: Tower 1 - 589 feet (179 m), Tower 2 - 529 feet (161 m)
Floors: 50
Average floor rotation: Around 4 degrees
Total floor rotation: Around 200 degrees
Building Function: Residential

Local residents fondly call the towers Marilyn Monroe Towers because of their curvaceous shape.
 
 
 
Al Tijaria Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Height: 715 feet (218 m)
Floors: 41
Average floor rotation: 1.951 degrees
Total floor rotation: 80 degrees
Building Function: Office

The tower features vertically stacked, six-story-high atrium gardens inside that rise through the height of the building.
 
 
 
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United Tower, Manama, Bahrain
Height: 656 feet (200 m)
Floors: 47
Average floor rotation: 3 degrees
Total floor rotation: 180 degrees
Building Function: Hotel/office

The tower houses many luxury hotels including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and J W Marriott Hotels.
 
 
 
Turning Torso, Malmo, Sweden
Height: 623 feet (190 m)
Floors: 54
Average floor rotation: 1 degrees
Total floor rotation: 90 degrees
Building Function: Residential/office

Completed in 2005, it was the winner of the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2015.
 
 
 
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Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE
Height: 1,004 feet (306 m)
Floors: 73
Average floor rotation: 1 degrees
Total floor rotation: 90 degrees
Building Function: Residential/office

Of the 73 floors in the building, 5 are only for cars.
 
 
 
Avaz Twist Tower, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height: 469 feet (142 m)
Floors: 39
Average floor rotation: 1.5 degrees
Total floor rotation: 60 degrees
Building Function: Office

It was chosen among the 10 most beautiful buildings in the world by the German company Schüco, a firm that supplies windows, doors, and façade systems.

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