DUBAI: The world’s tallest twisted tower has been inaugurated in Dubai, the 310-metre (1,017-foot), 75-storey residential Cayan Tower was built at a cost of $272 million.
It is twisted at 90 degrees from top to bottom and was inaugurated earlier this week in Dubai Marina — a man-made canal overlooking the Gulf.
It was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the masterminds behind Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest tower and also in Dubai.
Developer Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company said 80 percent of its residential units have already been sold.
The construction Dubai’s Cayan Tower began in 2006, but was delayed due to major technical problems and the 2009 economic downturn in Dubai triggered by the global financial crisis.
In January 2010, when Dubai opened the 828-metre (2,717-foot), 160-storey Burj Khalifa, it broke engineering and architectural records.
Similarly, Dubai opened the 413.4-metre (1,356-foot) Princess Tower, the world’s tallest residential building in May 2012, according to the Guinness World Records website.
And later in 2012, the emirate inaugurated the world’s tallest hotel — the 355-metre (1,165-foot) twin tower JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.