La Torre Agbar

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La Torre Agbar

A shining cylindrical monolith, which reflects the colours of Barcelona, has created a space for itself on the city's skyline. The Torre Agbar is part of our everyday landscape, like the Sagrada Família and the mountains of Montserrat. A tribute by the architect Jean Nouvel to the architecture of Antoni Gaudí that has become a symbol of today's Barcelona.

Height, colour and design

It is 144 m high and made of steel and glass. Circular, lacking interior columns and with colours as changeable as the Mediterranean. The Torre Agbar is the gateway to Sant Martí, which has been converted into Barcelona's technology district.

French architect Jean Nouvel worked with a studio of Catalan architects, b720, to design the tower, which is the third tallest building in the city.

He took his inspiration for the design from the rounded shapes of the peaks of Montserrat mountain and the pinnacles of the Sagrada Família. Two of the city's main symbols merged in the architect's mind to create a new one that has earned a place in the city's iconography on its own merits.

A sustainable tower

The Torre Agbar is a smart building that meets all the requirements of energy efficiency, by having an exterior facade covered with photovoltaic panels and making use of groundwater. In 2011, the European Commission gave it the green building award.


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