590-foot ‘Dancing of Light’ skyscraper unveiled by China


Billed as one of the most twisted towers in the world, the ‘Dancing of Light’ skyscraper was recently unveiled in Chongqing, China. Designed by architectural firm Aedas, the 180-metre high tower’s distinctive façade mimics the aurora borealis and has a ‘twist angle’ of 8.8 degrees – 1.5 times higher than other similar buildings.

Located in Jingfu Plaza in Jiangbei District, the actual curved shape of the building is created by double curved surfaces on its façade and accentuated by vertical lines.

The “minimalist” design combined with the reflection and refraction of the glass panels creates a brilliant light show. “When the sun rises, the curved façade glows and the tower becomes a building of light. When night falls, the curved façade displays reflections that refer to the dancing figure of a ballerina,” says the description on the official website.

Turning Torso In Malmö, Sweden, there was the world’s first twisted tower. It was built in 2005 and designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. But what sets Dance of Light apart from these remarkably innovative buildings is that it has a “spin angle” of 8.8 degrees, which Aedas says is about 1.5 times that of other skyscrapers.

Aedas Global Design Principal Ken Wai told Dezeen, “The concept of the Dance of Light was proposed to celebrate the achievement to embrace technology by the city of Chongqing. The Dance of Light is derived from the mesmerizing phenomenon of northern light that lit up heaven.”

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