With its 190.4 meters the Turning Torso is the 3rd highest residential building in Europe, after the 264-meter skyscraper Triumph Palace in Moscow and 212-meter skyscraper Sky Tower in Wroclaw. The design is based on nine cubes with five floors in each cube. Between floor rooms included will be a total of 54 floors. Each floor is about 400 m². The office space comprises approximately 4,200 sq ft and is located in the bottom two cubes. Cube three to nine cube comprises a total of 147 apartments. The top two floors (53 and 54) is the conference center Turning Torso Meetings. Each floor basically consists of a square portion about the core and a triangular portion, which partially carried by an externally stålbärverk. The entire structure rotates a quarter turn on its way up. From 2009, allowed the public to visit the building and see the view. This was allowed only during a few summer weeks and in limited numbers with advance booking, the price to £ 195. The building is built for residential and one has assessed the visits as for nuisance for residents if done more often than that. Groups can rent conference space and meeting rooms at the top. There was previously a tourist exhibition in a building right next to the (now closed). There is a parking garage on 5 floors in the building. It takes up far more land area than the skyscraper, and almost half of the floor space to it. There is an underground passage between the parking and the skyscraper.
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.