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Dubai Now Has The World’s Tallest Twisted Tower
June 13, 2013
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This rather extraordinary structure is in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates and is officially the world's tallest twisted building.

It's called the Cayan Tower, and it's twisted at 90 degrees from top to bottom.

It stands 310 metres high (1,017 feet), with some 500 apartments on 80 floors, with each floor rotated by 1.2 degrees so every unit has a view of the sea or the marina.

The design was inspired by the structure of human DNA and as the Daily Mail reports, "the architects used open-space architectural concepts to ensure that there are no pillars anywhere in the building."

It cost $272 million to build, and a one bedroom apartment goes for $435,000 - with 80% of the units already sold, according to the developer. There's also a pool, whirlpool, spa, massage rooms, nursery and gym.


The building took eight years to build, as construction was delayed because a major flood and the global financial crisis in 2009.

At the time, Dubai saw property prices drop by as much as 60%. But these days, the real estate market there is bouncing back.

dubai-now-has-the-world's-tallest-twisted-tower-feature4.jpgThe tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the brains behind the world's tallest tower - the Burj Khalifa - which is also in Dubai (pictured on the left).

It opened in January 2010, and is 828 metres (2,717 feet) or 160 storeys high.

In May 2012, Dubai opened the 413 metre (1,356 foot) Princess Tower, the world's tallest residential building, according to the Guinness World Records website.

Also last year, it opened the world's tallest hotel - the 355 metre (1,165 foot) twin tower JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

Dubai is also home to the longest driverless public transit network, and the largest illuminated advertising sign - just because.


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