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Turning torso, Malmö
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Västra Hamnen, Malmö

Once a rundown industrial estate, Västra Hamnen in Malmö has experienced a complete makeover the last few decades.

In 2001 a new future scenario was set up for the area – to turn it into a future sustainable city, available to all. The neo-futurist twisted skyscraper Turning Torso by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, ready in 2005, has become an obvious landmark for the area, and the surrounding seaside promenade, skateboard park, beach and restaurants are attractive destinations for locals and visitors alike. 

The city of Malmö has now presented a new vision for Västra Hamnen that stretches to 2031. Sustainability is still at the core of the agenda, and includes Sweden’s biggest passive and energy efficient housing project as well as a plan for sustainable public transport and an expansion of green public spaces.