Swedes are not prone to controversy; the idea is always to reach consensus and be on the middle ground. And yet a building like Turning Torso stands tall today in Malmö. The tallest building not just in Sweden, by the way, but in the whole of Scandinavia.
It doesn’t look like it but most of the building is actually residential. It’s 190 meters tall and it has 147 apartments. Don’t even ask about the price. Rumour has it that the residents have access to a personal concierge, ironing service and a fully stocked wine cellar. Mind you, they don’t have balconies.
Floors 53 and 54 are for events and conferences. In the summer, on some weekends, the public is allowed to go up and to experience the view, but you have to book well in advance and last year the tours were still only in Swedish – not very helpful. However, if you just want to get the view, it would still be worth the price. It is also a great local weather indicator: if you can see it from other parts of town, then it’s nice and sunny. If you cannot see it, it’s cloudy and it might rain.
I actually like to look at it from somewhat afar, from Ribban, when I go for a swim or even from Copenhagen on a sunny day. It marks the spot I now call home.