Sweden's tallest building, Turning Torso in Malmö may soon be dwarfed by new developments in several parts of the country. Skyscrapers offer both ultimate luxury and cheap housing for many people. Today, there are not many skyscrapers in Sweden, but this is about to change within a few years.

The world's three tallest residential buildings—Burj Khalifa, Shanghai Tower and Abraj Al-Bai—rise half a mile (828 meters tall) in the air; Sweden's tallest building is Turning Torso in Malmö, at 190 meters tall. But there are plans to build more tall and advanced buildings in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. Karlatornet in Gothenburg will be 245 meters high with 73 floors, according to the construction company, making it the tallest in the Nordic region. It is expected to be move-in ready in 2021. Karlatornet is part of the development Karlastaden, which is located on the north side of the Göta Älv in the district of Lindholmen. According to the developer, Serneke Bostad, Karlastaden will be an attractive, mixed-use city district with 2,000 apartments, of which about 590 are in Karlatornet. In addition, the area is planned with new offices, shops, schools, restaurants, cafes and a health center.


The Point in Hyllie outside Malmö will be 110 meters high, and the Tellus towers just south of Stockholm near Telefonplan is expected to be 237 and 177 meters high respectively. The developments are mostly residential and in the case of Tellus, 95 percent of the planned 1,234 apartments will be studios and 1-bedroom apartments.

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill who designed Karlatornet are behind some of the world's tallest and most spectacular buildings, such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the One World Trade Center in New York. The internationally renowned architecture firm has won more awards than anyone else. In 2014, together with the Danish firm Entasis, they won the competition for who would draw Karlatornet.