Located not far from Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes in the Sant Marti neighborhood of Barcelona and shaped like a geyser, Torre Glòries (formerly known as Torre Agbar) has become an architectural icon of the city marking the entrance to its technological district. Designed by award-winning, architectural studio Jean Nouvel the tower’s shape recalls the Monserrat mountains and Antonio Gaudi’s concept project for the New York Hotel in 1911. The 144,4 m (474 ft) high landmark tower consists of two non-concentric cylinders with oval floors hosting over 30,000 sqm (322,900 sq ft) of commercial space spread over 35 floors.
144 m / 472 ft
35 stories tall
The building’s core - up to the 26th floor - is made up of reinforced concrete wrapped in corrugated, lacquered aluminum plates while thousands of transparent and translucent panes of glass cover the entire structure in the guise of a sunshade for a total surface of 16,000 sqm (172,200 sq ft). The outcome of this articulated covering is that the tower’s fluid mass evokes water thanks to the nuances shade of color and light reflected on its envelope by the aluminum and spectacularly enhanced by nocturnal lighting. Furthermore the building features a glass dome at the top and a series of irregularly arranged rectilinear windows.
16,000 sqm (172,200 sq ft) of architectural envelope.
DEVELOPER & CONTRACTOR: Layetana
DESIGN ARCHITECT: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
DELIVERY ARCHITECT: b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
ENGINEER: Robert Brufau y Asociados; Obiol Moya Y Asociados
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