Jessica Jarlvi chooses her favourite building

Landmark Calatrava-designed treasure Turning Torso in Malmo

Turning Torso, Malmö, Sweden.
Turning Torso, Malmö, Sweden.

When the landmark Turning Torso was built in southern Sweden, in its third largest city, Malmö, it attracted attention for all the wrong reasons.

People didn’t think it looked “Swedish”, that too much money was being spent on it without the city being able to reclaim this through tourism (it is a residential and commercial building), and it would stick out like a sore thumb on an otherwise flat skyline.

Originally from Sweden, I remember the mixed feelings surrounding Turning Torso, which was to become the tallest building in Sweden. But when I fly into Copenhagen and cross the 8km bridge Øresundsbron to go “home”, I find it a welcoming sight.

Turning Torso is based on a sculpture called Twisting Torso and portrays a human body turning.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the building, which rotates 90 degrees from ground to tip.

Completed in 2005 after four years of construction, the 190-metre tall building has 54 floors, of which 10 are set aside for commercial office space, with every level offering 400m² of residential space.

Furthermore, an exterior steel support links the building through a supporting concrete spine.

It’s a truly distinctive building but if it had been built in Dubai, would it be such a landmark? Probably not.

What makes it unique is that for such an unusual property, it is mainly used for residential purposes as opposed to commercial, and more importantly, it is energy efficient. It’s incredibly elegant.

The developers placed a real emphasis on energy efficient solutions, from construction materials used to everyday solutions for owners and tenants.

The building itself is supplied with 100% locally produced renewable energy. Now, that’s something to strive for in more buildings.

Jessica Jarlvi, marketing & PR manager, Macro

Jessica Jarlvi has worked as a journalist, editor and marketing manager within facilities management (FM), based in Sweden, the UK, US and UAE. She joined Macro in Dubai in 2012, covering all marketing and PR activity for the Middle East. Shortly after, she took on a broader role with added responsibility for the US and Europe, focusing on Macro’s global operations.

Formed in the UK in 2002 as a facilities arm of construction group Mace, Macro was launched in the UAE by managing director Bill Heath in 2008. It went on to land six consecutive FM Consultancy trophies at the fmme Awards held by CW’s sister magazine and now operates across the region in countries such as Bahrain, Saudi, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait and Oman. Clients include Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Musanada, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company and Qatar Petroleum.

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