The Growing Trend of Spiraling Skyscrapers | A Twisting Tower in Chicago by MB Architects | SR Report

Spiraling Skyscrapers | A Twisting Tower in Chicago by MB Architects |SR Report

The popularity of twisting skyscrapers has increased tremendously, says the latest report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Today, more and more architects are inclined towards creating spiralling skyscrapers. Till now, there are around 28 twisting towers either built or under construction. Out of the list, Gensler's 632-metre-high Shanghai Tower is the world's tallest twisted building. Recently, a New York-based multidisciplinary studio has also conceptualized a Twisting Tower in Chicago. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) is stunned by the grandness of these aesthetically pleasing twisting structures. However, the advantages of twisting tower go beyond its visual appeal though.

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World Tallest Twisted Building

Low Wind Load

The design of a skyscraper with a twisted structure makes the building more aerodynamic and energy-efficient.  In contrast to a similarly sized rectangular building, the twisting design reduces wind load by 24 per cent.

World Tallest Twisted Building

New Technologies Assist In Architectural and Structural Design

The technological innovations have also assisted the architects and builders in contemplating and moving well beyond old design models of tower construction. Today, the twisting structures have become another symbol of the ongoing urban evolution of our eras.


The first twisted tower was the Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava in 2005 – around 11 years ago. An elaborately twisted Diamond Tower is recently under construction in Saudi Arabia.

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Many other spiralling towers are under construction, including a DNA strand looking tower in Taiwan. While the 306-metre-high Cayan Tower in Dubai, completed by SOM, is the third tallest twisted tower.

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The report by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat also states, "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."

World Tallest Twisted Building

Project Details

Project Name: Twisting Tower
Architecture firm: MB Architects
Location: Chicago, USA
Height: 350 meters
Visualization: MB Architects
Tools used: Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper, Autodesk 3ds Max, Corona Renderer
Principal architect: Muhammet Bilgiç
Design year: 2021
Status: Concept - Design
Typology: Mixed-use building


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