Piling work is well underway on what will be the tallest twisting tower in the world, the Infinity Tower in Dubai.
Located in the emirate where everything has to be bigger, shinier and taller than everything else the Infinity Tower will reach a towering height of 330 metres / 1083 feet. Apartment sizes go all the way up to occupying a whole floor if you are rich enough to buy a penthouse.
The 80 floor residential tower has been designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill who seem to be so prolific and popular that half the things we write about right now are done by them.
The scheme will sit on one side of the mouth of the popular Dubai Marina development, where 200 towers have been master-planned by developer Emaar for eventual construction although the actual tower developers are fellow arab company, Cayan.
The Infinity Tower torques by an eye-watering 90 degrees much in the same way as the original Turning Torso does but without the exterior structural supports as this is contained. Amazingly there is not a single structural pillar anywhere inside the building, instead support comes from a complex concrete column structure that holds it up from the outside although a central service core remains.
The tower will be clad in metal panels with staggered glass to maximise the penetration of daylight to the apartments creating something that will shimmer in the bright sunlight in a mixture different reflective materials.
The top is crowned with a hollow lattice-work that continues the metallic rectangular cladding pattern. Vertically doubling in height with every one of the final levels it expresses the shape of the structure in the sky.
This isn't the first twisting tower to be covered at Skyscrapernews.com this year. One by RMJM has been approved for Moscow whilst another by Zaha Hadid is planned for Milan showing the popularity of Calatrava's concept not to mention the ability of computers to design structures previously impossible. Infinity Tower may only be the tallest of this current crop but it is certain not to be the last.