Turning Torso

Turning Torso is a futurist residential skyscraper in Sweden and the tallest building in Scandinavia. Located in Malmö on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait, it was built and is owned by Swedish cooperative association HSB. It is regarded as the first twisted skyscraper in the world.

The project was designed by Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter Santiago Calatrava and officially opened on 27 August 2005. The tower reaches a height of 190 metres with 54 storeys and 147 apartments. In August 2015, it was announced that the building was the winner of the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. It won the 2005 Gold Emporis Skyscraper Award

Facts

  • On 18 August 2006, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner parachuted onto the Turning Torso, and then jumped off it.

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Ice Hotel

icehotel sweden

Ever heard of it? An Ice hotel!? Well in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, a new concept of Ice hotel has come up. The inspiration of the hotel began in 1989, when a group of Japanese ice artists visited the Swedish village of Jukkasjarvi. The next year they came with a project of building the Ice hotel.

The hotel will rebuild every spring when blocks of ice cut from the river and are stored in the freezer. When the roof starts dripping that means the season is over and let the hotel flow its way. Every guest has ice walls, ice ceilings, ice floor and ice bed with a mattress and sheet made of reindeer skins.

Each suite is individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned from around the world and a wide range of disciplines. Spending a night in Ice hotel is a surreal experience and a memory for life.

Facts

  • Close to the Ice hotel there’s an Ice Chapel, which is often used for weddings and christenings.
  • Jukkasjarvi, the village where the Ice hotel is built means ‘The meeting place’ in the local Sami language.
  •  The ice is crystal clear because of the fresh water and the purity of the rivers water.

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