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World's tallest ‘twisted tower’ in Dubai is just as quirky on the inside

The National has a look inside the latest addition to Dubai's skyline — with edges and walls often at jaunty and sometimes contradictory angles, lending the design a fairly odd, eclectic and modern feel.

The curved corridor in the world's tallest 'twisted tower', Cayan Tower in the Dubai Marina. Razan Alzayani / The National
The curved corridor in the world's tallest 'twisted tower', Cayan Tower in the Dubai Marina. Razan Alzayani / The National

DUBAI // The latest addition to Dubai’s skyline is as twisted and quirky on the inside as it is on the outside.

It may have officially opened two days ago, but the “twisting” Cayan Tower in Dubai Marina was still a beehive of activity yesterday with workers hurrying to apply the finishing touches before the first owners could move in.

The interior offers hints to the strange shape of the building, with edges and walls often at jaunty and sometimes contradictory angles, lending the design a fairly odd, eclectic and modern feel.

The 75-floor building rotates through 90 degrees up to a height of 310 metres. Because each floor faces a slightly different degree from the one immediately below, the view from each apartment is unique.

The tower, which took seven years to build, has attracted a great deal of curiosity.

Yesterday, German tourist Cedric Loeb, 54, posed for pictures with his family outside the tower.

“It is a very unusual shape,” he said. “But since I first saw it, I always wondered whether it would be as interesting inside as it is outside.”

At a press conference on Monday, Ahmed Alhatti, the chairman of developer Cayan, said the company had begun calling owners two weeks ago to start the handover process.

“We call our client and he goes to visit the unit, does the snagging and asks for any specification he wants,” Mr Alhatti said.

“Some of them will start to move their possessions in.”

mcroucher@thenational.ae