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Calatrava’s Twisting Torso

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-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 97

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photos taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own images with an up or down perspective.


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This white skyscraper, still the tallest in Scandinavia, is based on a design by Santiago Calatrava.  At a height of 190 metres it dominates the skyline in Malmö.  From a distance, I was a little disappointed; it wasn’t as shiny and willowy as I expected, given the style of the Calatrava bridges that I have seen around Europe.  But once I stood at its base, I warmed to it – it achieves both solidity and gracefulness at the same time.

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It is constructed in nine segments of five-story pentagons, each one twisted relative to the one beneath it, until the topmost segment is twisted 90 degrees clockwise with respect to the ground floor. The two bottom segments are intended as office space, whilst segments three to nine are residential.  The very top two floors are for conference use and are open to the public.


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 97 and a huge thank you to all who participated last week.

All are welcome to join this challenge; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and click above to enter your link and view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will normally be open for one week. 

aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 15 July 2015

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