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Curving tower in view behind traditional low brick building

Dezeen Debate features BIG's "awkward" Canadian skyscraper

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Danish studio BIG has released photographs of its Telus Sky Tower, which was completed in 2020. The tower features a pixelated facade that twists diagonally from its base.

The studio said the 60-storey tower has a "feminine silhouette" because as it rises, the floorplates become smaller and are stepped back from the footprint of the base, creating "protrusions and recesses."

The curving shape of the building, which houses office spaces and residential units, aims to diversify a skyline that mainly features corporate office towers.

Some readers disputed the studio's claims that the tower resembles a female physique, with one saying "curves don't make a female", whereas others described it variously as "elegant" and "awkward".

Volkswagen Norway has developed an electric office chair model
Volkswagen Norway has developed an electric office chair model

Other stories in this week's newsletter include Volkswagen's driveable electric chair prototype, architecture studio Weeks' Qatar World Cup Memorial that draws attention to reported deaths connected to the construction of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and architecture studio Llabbs' cabin overlooking Italian mountains.

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