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Torre Glòries

Barcelona | Spain
Business Area
Design ArchitectAteliers Jean Nouvel
Delivery Architectb720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos
Ph.: © Daniele Domenicali
The Concept

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 Montserrat 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.

The Project
Scope of Work

16,000 sqm (172,200 sq ft) of architectural envelope.

Technical Details


DESIGN ARCHITECT: Ateliers Jean Nouvel

DELIVERY ARCHITECT: b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos

ENGINEER: Robert Brufau y Asociados; Obiol Moya Y Asociados

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