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Cayan Tower

Coordinates: 25°05′12.80″N 55°08′42.89″E / 25.0868889°N 55.1452472°E / 25.0868889; 55.1452472
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Cayan Tower
Cayan Tower in November 2014[1]
Cayan Tower is located in United Arab Emirates
Cayan Tower
Cayan Tower
Location within United Arab Emirates
General information
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°05′12.80″N 55°08′42.89″E / 25.0868889°N 55.1452472°E / 25.0868889; 55.1452472
Construction started19 August 2006
Completed10 June 2013
Tip306.4 metres (1,005 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count73 (5 below ground)[2]
Design and construction
Architect(s)Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
DeveloperCayan Real Estate Investment & Development[3]
Structural engineerSkidmore, Owings and Merrill
Main contractorArabtec

Cayan Tower, known as Infinity Tower before it was inaugurated, is a 306-metre-tall (1,004 ft), 75-story skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development. The tower is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill SOM architectural group. Upon its opening on 10 June 2013, the tower became the world's tallest high-rise building with a twist of 90 degrees. This record has since been surpassed by the Shanghai Tower, which opened in February 2015.


The twisting design of Cayan Tower was achieved by rotating each floor 1.2 degrees around a cylindrical elevator and service core.[4] Prior to its name change to Cayan, the tower carried various names to describe its original shape. The unique design was supported by a dynamic analysis that studied the potential performance of the tower under wind, seismic, and other dynamic loads.[5] Cayan Tower's apartments are designed with reconstituted wooden floors, Chinese synthetic marble counter tops, and kitchen fixtures. The tower also includes a five-story parking garage behind it.[6] The rooms of the tower are designed in such a way that it would not be affected by direct sunlight due to titanium-colored metal panels on cast-in-place concrete columns aided with repetitive staggered screen panels to stop penetrating sunlight from disturbing the residents of the unit.

Site flooding[edit]

The tower's construction was on hold for a year and a half after the foundation site of the tower was flooded when the wall that held back the Dubai Marina was breached on 7 February 2007.[7][8] Witnesses described a loud cracking sound, followed by an inflow of sand and water. The project resumed construction in July 2008.

Official launch ceremony[edit]

The Cayan Tower was inaugurated with fireworks accompanied with laser light display on the tower on 10 June 2013 and become the world's tallest twisted tower, surpassing Turning Torso.[9][10] The tower was renamed from Infinity Tower to Cayan Tower as the developer of the tower said:

There [⁠ ⁠is⁠ ⁠] more than one tower with the name Infinity and we wanted something different [⁠ ⁠.⁠ ⁠.⁠ ⁠.⁠ ⁠] We are very attached with this unique project and it was a very conscious decision we took. We know there won’t be any Cayan Tower in the world and this will be the only one. [11]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home: Infinity - Living by Design". Infinitytower.com. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b CTBUH. "Cayan Tower Facts | CTBUH Skyscraper Database". 25.08688 55.14501: Skyscrapercenter.com. Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ "CAYAN". CAYAN. Archived from the original on 30 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  4. ^ Shapiro, Gideon Fink (13 November 2013). "Cayan Tower, Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Architect Magazine)". www.architectmagazine.com. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ Chalhoub Michel Soto (December 2005), Design and Dynamic Analysis of Helical Tower with Rotated Floor Plates around Core Lateral Force Resisting System, report#005122005 Integrated Services-CEM Eng Lib
  6. ^ "Infinity: Living By Design". Infinity Tower Homepage. Cayan. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Snopes Article on collapse of wall".
  8. ^ "Lucky escape for 100 workers". Gulf News. Al Nisr Publishing LLC. 8 February 2007. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Beyond Infinity: World's tallest twisted tower in Dubai gets new name". Emirates 24/7. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  10. ^ Martin Croucher. "Dubai Marina gets new twist as residential tower opens - The National". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  11. ^ Deulgaonkar, Parag (11 June 2013). "Beyond Infinity: World's tallest twisted tower in Dubai gets new name - News - Emirates - Emirates24|7". www.emirates247.com. Retrieved 20 July 2023.

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