Survey the skies from 190 metres high
Malmö’s Turning Torso is a neo-futurist residential skyscraper and the tallest building in Scandinavia. Designed by Spanish architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter Santiago Calatrava, it is based on one of his earlier sculptures “The Twisting Torso”, a white marble piece resembling the shape of a twisting human being.
Turning Torso was completed in 2005, is 190 metres high, consists of nine cubes with a total of 54 stories and has a 90° twist from base to top. The top two floors comprise exclusive meeting rooms. Building started on 14 February 2001, and was finished on 1 November 2005.
Groups of between 10 and 75 people or more can arrange field trips to floors 53 and 54 any time during the year, and it may be possible to visit during the summer, but check first. While you’re there, walk around the Western Harbour to look at the Torso from below as well as other modern architecture in the area.
The Western Harbour
The Western Harbour has enhanced Malmö’s modern, green image. Take in spectacular views of the Öresund and drop by one of the restaurants and cafés for refreshments.
This coastal district is within easy walking distance of central Malmö and Ribersborg beach, known locally as Malmö’s Copacabana. People play football on the grass, buy ice cream from the local shops and admire the sea views towards Copenhagen.
Stroll past the marina, the restaurants, and cafés with outdoor seating areas and sun loungers. Admire the houseboats on the canal, then wander along the water’s edge. The Dockan area which was previously used for ship building is now a marina for pleasure boats, surrounded by restaurants and cafés.