Today, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced that Turning Torso—designed by Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, in Malmö, Sweden—won its 10 Year Award, an annual prize that recognizes completed tall buildings that have performed successfully for a decade. When it was completed in 2005, the Turning Torso was the world's first twisting skyscraper, rotating 90 degrees in nine pentagonal pieces. At 190 meters (623 feet), it is Scandinavia’s tallest building.
"Iconic, astonishing, and inspirational, the unusual building has had a deep influence in our industry and has added a unique feature to Malmö’s skyline. Since this project was announced 15 years ago, architects worldwide have been inspired," said CTBUH trustee and Parsons Brinckerhoff managing director Vincent Tse, said in a press release. "It is without doubt that Turning Torso has greatly influenced the way tall building design has developed over the past decade, especially with regard to 3-D geometric design."
So far, CTBUH has announced several other recipients of its Annual Awards Program, including Urban Habitat Award winner Parkroyal on Pickering in Singapore, Performance Award winner Chifley Tower in Sydney, and Innovation Award winner Holedeck.
Note: An earlier version of this article referred to the skyscraper as the "Twisting Torso." We regret the error.