Monday, April 18, 2011

IAR221- Blog Post #13 Scandinavian Modern

Scandinavian Modernism has an important legacy to design today and in the ways in which designers think. Its way of expressing through the use of curved corners, exposing finished edges, yet allowing simplicity and smoothness makes this a desirable form for all. Today the desires for simple yet comforting and smooth is met through Scandinavian design and experimenting from them. A great example of this is the Turning Torso building in Malmo, Sweden.

This building, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, is emulating the turning torso of a human being. It shows the way in which our back turns creating a since of smoothness in flow and movement while producing curves. The tower itself not only showing this but also simplicity in use of color (white), as well as repetition and functionality of residence. The building reaches to a height of 190 meters and totals 54 stories. The building also consists of 9 cubes. each rotating slightly each time it moves upward.  This building also holds 147 flats, offices, and conference rooms, and facilities for the tenants. The functionality of this apartment building is great by the use of amenities, number of elevators, and the availability of the tenants. Also, the building holds high speed elevators to transport the tenants; it only takes them 38 seconds to reach the top floor to help someone. This itself proves of the buildings functionality. The turning torso is a great example of Scandinavian design and through this one can see how people all around the world today try and make their skyscrapers top of the line yet simple just like this one.



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