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March 27, 2006

Twisting Torso Turning Heads

Malmo_high_rise_2_2Malmö, Sweden just got more alluring. Celebrated Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's completed skyscraper is now fully erect.

Now the second tallest building in Europe, the Turning Torso is based on the human body's torso twisting in mid-motion. 623-feet, 9 distorted cubes and 45 floors complete the overwhelming residential and office structure

"It is an astonishing building that still amazes me," said Calatrava at the unveiling. "It changes when you look at it from different angles."

Up next for Calatrava -- he has designed a corkscrew-shaped residential tower set to be the tallest US building (planted in Chicago), and the new PATH train station at Ground Zero in NYC.

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