The Trade buildings

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The Trade buildings

The four imposing towers of the Trade buildings form one of the most iconic and admired offices complexes in Barcelona, due as much to their architectural value as to their long history in the services and finance sectors. They were built by the architect Josep Antoni Coderch and are considered one of the city’s architectural masterpieces.

Architectural ambitions

Between 1966 and 1968, influenced by the style of the New York skyscrapers, the architect Josep Antoni Coderch engaged on an ambitious project: to construct the Trade buildings. Today, the four buildings that make up the complex, considered really surprising when they were first unveiled, form an essential part of the image of the area, in Avinguda Diagonal and Gran Via de Carles III.

Curved forms

Designed in the shape of a lobed cross, the Trade buildings are adorned by curved facades and the striking curtain wall, which integrates the buildings perfectly into the site.

An icon of economic development during the period in which they were built, these outstanding service sector buildings in Les Corts district demonstrate that good things never go out of fashion. If anything, the architectural interest of this site has grown in the nearly half a centre since the buildings were completed.


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