Spiral skyscrapers on the rise

Twisting towers are more popular than ever according to a new study on spiraling high-rise buildings around the world.

The report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has revealed that there are now 28 skyscrapers with twisted structures either built or under construction.

The tallest of these is Gensler’s 632m Shanghai Tower – currently the second tallest building in the world.

The list includes the 306-metre-high Cayan Tower in Dubai by SOM (pictured), MAD’s Absolute World Towers in Canada and BIG’s new residential project Miami.

It also features several structures under construction, from the elaborately twisted Diamond Tower in Saudi Arabia to the plant-covered tower shaped like a DNA strand in Taiwan.

The report says: “Aided by new technologies assisting architectural and structural design, a proliferation of tall twisting towers is now spreading across the globe,” reads the report.

“A stunning variety of textures, view angles and ripple effects result from these manipulations, making these ‘twisters’ some of the world’s most iconic buildings – and in many cases, aerodynamic and energy-efficient.”