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BUILDING
 
 
Torre Agbar
The Agbar Tower
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DESIGNER
 
 
Jean Nouvel

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DESCRIPTION
 
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This is Not a Tower

This is not a tower, a skyscraper, in the American sense. It is a more an emergence, rising singularly in the center of a generally calm city. Unlike slender spires and bell towers that typically pierce the horizons of horizontal cities, this tower is a fluid mass that bursts through the ground like a geyser under permanent, calculated pressure.

The surface of the building evokes water: smooth and continuous, shimmering and transparent, its materials reveal themselves in nuanced shades of color and light. It is architecture of the earth without the heaviness of stone, like a distant echo of old Catalan formal obsessions carried by a mysterious wind off the Monserrat.

The ambiguities of material and light make the Agbar tower resonate against Barcelona's skyline day and night, like a distant mirage, marking the entry into the diagonal avenue from the Plaça de les Glorias. This singular object will become the new symbol of Barcelona the international city, and become one of its best ambassaadors.

Jean Nouvel


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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete, steel, glass

 

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BUSINESS ENTERPRISES
 
Suppliers
DORMA
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Spain [España]
Region
Catalonia [Cataluña/Catalunya]
Province
Barcelona
Town
Barcelona
Neighborhoods
Dt. 10 Sant Martí
Address
Avinguda Diagonal 209-211/Carrer Badajoz 180-184, Plaza de las Glòries
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Vertical architectures
Skyscrapers
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1999 - 2001    
Realisation
2001 - 2004
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Torre Agbar in Barcelona", Detail 9/2007 [Hochhäuser/High-Rise Building/Tours], "Typologie/Typology" pp. 968-970
Carlo Paganelli, "Vicino al cielo/Agbar Tower, Barcelona", L'Arca 215, giugno/june 2006, pp. 10-19
Carlo Paganelli, "Una torre per il futuro/Agbar Tower", L'Arca Plus 49, 2006/II [Architettura degli interni/Interior Architecture], pp. 42-47
Francesco Zanella (ed.), La torre Agbar a Barcellona. Progetto comunicazione consenso, Festival Architettura Edizioni, 2006
"Città verticale: camere con vista e skyline corporativo", Barcelona & Catalunya. City & Design Report 2005-2006, allegato a Il giornale dell'architettura 35, dicembre 2005, "Architettura e Design" p. 23
"Volti e maschere/Faces and Masks", Lotus international 126, 2005/IV [Camouflage], pp. 18-23 (18-29)
François Chaslin, "'Ich bin ein Spanier'/'I am a Spaniard'", Arquitectura Viva 103, VII-VIII 2005 [Valencia 2007], " Últimos proyectos - Técnica / Diseño" pp. 100-103 (100-123)
"118 Proyectil confitado. Torre Agbar, Barcelona", Arquitectura Viva 103, VII-VIII 2005 [Valencia 2007], " Últimos proyectos - Técnica / Diseño" pp. 118-123 (100-123)
Ivan Bercedo, Jorge Mestre, "Jean Nouvel's Agbar Tower, Barcelona", A10 new European architecture 1, december 2004-january 2005, "Instant history" p. 62
Jean Nouvel Atelier, "Agbar Tower. Barcelona. Jean Nouvel", Area 77, novembre-dicembre/november-december 2004 [Surface], "Scenari di architettura" pp. 106-115
Luigi Paglialunga, "Torre AGBAR/AGBAR Tower", L'industria delle Costruzioni 378, luglio-agosto/july-august 2004 [Barcellona Forum 2004], pp. 62-69
Jean Nouvel, "Torre Agbar/The Agbar Tower", Quaderns d'arquitectura i urbanisme 240, enero/january 2004 [Cuaderno de aqui/Notebook from here], pp. 82-95
"Il futuro del grattacielo/The future of tall building", Domus Grattacieli/Skyscrapers, supplemento a/supplement of Domus 865, dicembre/december 2003, p. 32 (30-32)
"Jean Nouvel. Torre Agbar, Barcellona" in Next. 8. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura. 2002, Marsilio, Venezia 2002, "Torri" pp. 218-219
"La torre e la città/The tower and the city", Domus 840, settembre/september 2001, "Servizi/Features" pp. 36-101
Mario Panizza, "La torre rompe la scatola/The tower breaks out of the box", Domus 840, settembre/september 2001, "Servizi/Features" pp. 47 (44-51 (36-101))
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CLIENT
 
 
Layetana Inmuebles SL
AGBAR (Aguas de Barcelona)
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Height
ml. 144,44 (mast)
ml. 142 (building)
Floors
aboveground 35
underground 4
Surface
sqm. 47.500
Capacity
Auditorium 350 seats
Number
windows 4.400
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Robert Brufau y Asociados - Obiol, Moya i Associats
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STAFF
 
Project
Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris
Project architect
Jean-Pierre Bouanha
Associate architect
b720 Arquitectura S.L., Fermin Vazquez
Collaborators
Florence Rabiet, Alexa Plasencia, Emmanuelle Lapointe, Cristina Algás, Julie Fernández, Francisco Martinez, M. Bermudo, Pascaline Paris, Vander Lemes, Cristiano Benzoni, Pablo Garrido, Elisabeth Farrés
Interior design
Jean Nouvel, Garcia Ventosa arquitectura
Plastic models, rendering
Étienne Follenfant (model maker)
Artefactory, Mirco Tardio (3D images)
Construction management
Argos Management SA, Barcelona
Facades consultant
Biosca&Botey (Xavier Ferrés), Barcelona
Color and graphic consultant
Alain Bony, Paris
Acoustical consultant
Higini Arau
Lighting engineer
Yann Kersalé, Vincennes
Settings
Ducks
Hydraulic engineer
Gepro S.A., Barcelona
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Philippe Ruault
Drawings © Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Courtesy by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel Torre Agbar Barcelona


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