11 of the most stunning twisted towers around the world

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Turning Torso, designed by Santiago Calatrava
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When famed architect Santiago Calatrava designed the building known as the Turning Torso, he ushered in a new era of twisted designs.

The buildings seem to rotate the traditional rectangular tower around an axis, creating a spiraling, ribbon-like aesthetic. Since the Turning Torso was completed in 2005, the modern technique has gained popularity, especially in Asia and the Middle East. China recently completed the tallest twisted skyscraper yet, at a whopping 2,073 feet, and others are being planned in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.

Take a look at some of the most stunning twisted towers around the world.


F&F Tower (Panama City, Panama)

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Henry Romero/Reuters

Height: 763 feet

Year built: 2011


Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers (Nagoya, Japan)

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Yu Morita/Flickr

Height: 558 feet

Year built: 2008


United Tower (Manama, Bahrain)

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Height: 656 feet

Year built: 2016


Turning Torso (Malmo, Sweden)

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Rob Dawson/Reuters

Height: 623 feet

Year built: 2005


Cayan Tower (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

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Guilhem Vellut/Flickr

Height: 1,005 feet

Year built: 2013


Al Tijaria Tower (Kuwait City, Kuwait)

Height: 716 feet

Year built: 2009


Evolution Tower (Moscow, Russia)

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Ninara/Flickr

Height: 807 feet

Year built: 2015


Avaz Tower (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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Brian Eager/Flickr

Height: 466 feet

Year built: 2008


Al Majdoul Tower (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

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Height: 761 feet

Year built: Scheduled to be completed in 2016


Shanghai Tower (Shanghai, China)

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tangi bertin/Flickr

Height: 2,073 feet

Year built: 2015


Tao Zhu Yin Yuan (Taipei, Taiwan)

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Vincent Callebaut Architectures/Flickr

Height: 306 feet

Year built: Scheduled to be completed in 2016