you can't spend several weeks in Malmo and not take pictures of the Turning Torso. in fact, many would argue you can't spend several hours in Malmo and not take pictures of it. you may even recall that I took a picture of it the first night I arrived in Malmo. once the tallest apartment building in Europe, the Turning Torso twists upward 54 stories and 623 feet, the top floor at a 90 degree angle from the ground floor. the Torso was envisioned by the government of Malmo as a new beginning, a fresh start, and a much needed strengthening of the skyline to the north of the city center. it rises 2 times higher than Kronprinsen, the previous tallest building in Malmo.
|the Turning Torso approached from the southern main access road to Vastra Hamnen from the city center. the Torso, designed by Santiago Calatrava, rises 623 feet and 54 stories.|
|looking up at the Torso from the street|
- improve education and heighten the focus of the city on advanced education
- strengthen connectivity and interconnectedness of Malmo within the region of Skane and beyond
- use sustainability and sustainable initiatives as a method to advance the city and its planning
these three objectives were simultaneously addressed starting in the 1990's and moving into the first decade of the 21st century. though the Turning Torso was not, in itself, a cornerstone of any of these three specific objectives, it played a significant role as a new symbol of Malmo, the city of the future. the Torso is an excellent example of how cities use architecture (tall, unique, or important buildings, often designed by famous architects) to promote an agenda and "put themselves on the map" as Malmo has been doing for the last 15-20 years.
|Turning Torso in Vastra Hamnen, Malmo as seen from the neighborhood|
1. one of the brightest examples of the city of Malmo putting a new focus on higher education was the creation of Malmo's first University, Malmo Hogskola. the University, now a central hub of the Dockans neighborhood adjacent to the central train station and Vastra Hamnen, has grown to more than 24,000 students in just over ten years of operation (the school opened officially in 1998). the school has many disciplines and areas of study, including several in sustainability such as master's degrees in "Leadership for Sustainability" and "Sustainable Urban Management".
|the style has been called "structural expressionism" and is most evident in the exposed structural elements on the building exterior|
|the Turning Torso sits in a pool of water at the base (the parking complex in the background contains a sustainable grocery store and restaurant on the ground floor)|
|the Turning Torso as seen from the neighborhood school. the top is 90 degrees twisted from the base.|