This 249 m (817 ft) high and 50-story skyscraper transforms space into freedom. The glass surface is an Interactive Wall® double skin façade with a highly energy-efficient modular system: a ventilated skylight with monocrystalline photovoltaic modules has been placed in the roofing.
249 m / 817 ft
50 stories tall
The podium has been created with a specifically developed system to support the large panes with a system of aluminum and steel caps supported by the carrying structure of calibrated steel sheets, endowing it a very light-looking feel. Torre de Cristal is currently the tallest building in Spain.
The form of Torre de Cristal is intended to be both sculptural and iconic, a form that would come to life under the strong Iberian sun, and more importantly, a sculptural form carved out of glass. The faceted form of glass and anodized aluminum glistens and glows like a crystal. There are two features to the design of the exterior wall: first, it incorporates on-floor, on-demand air intake and air exhaust; and second, an active ventilated wall system. The exterior cladding is also equipped with automatic blinds for glare control, synchronized for each façade with the sun angle. We worked in collaboration with the engineers at Permasteelisa Group to develop details to accommodate the mechanism of a ‘living and breathing wall’ while maintaining the appearance of simplicity and elegance.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Development and installation of 48,000 sqm (516,700 sq ft) of glass surface with Interactive Wall®.
CLIENT: Mutua Madrileña
DESIGN ARCHITECT: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT: Ortiz.León Arquitectos
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