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Knowlton School Digital LibraryWorkTorre Agbar [2032]

Torre Agbar

  • Caption
    View of Building in Context
Related person
Jean Nouvel (was created by)
2001-2004 (creation)
A 38-story tower (4 below ground) located between Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Plaa de les Glries Catalanes, which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona. According to Jean Nouvel, the shape of the Torre Agbar was inspired by Montserrat, a mountain near Barcelona, and by the shape of a geyser rising into the air. A defining feature of the building is its nocturnal illumination. It has 4,500 LED luminous devices that allow generation of luminous images in the façade. In addition, it has temperature sensors in the outside of the tower that regulate the opening and closing of the window blinds (brise-soleil) of the façade of the building, reducing the consumption of energy for air conditioning. It houses the head office of the Aiges de Barcelona Group, the water supply company of Barcelona. Created in association with the Spanish firm B720 Arquitectos and built by Dragados.
Twenty-first century (LCSH)
reinforced concrete
LED lighting
473.88 ft ()