Barcelona. Agbar Tower
Jean Nouvel and Fermin Vazquez. 2004

Jean Nouvel, b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos,

Barcelona, Spain,

Skyscraper, Offices,

2 oval-shaped rings form the base for 2 cylinders 35 floors or 145 metres tall: Jean Nouvel and Fermin Vazquez Studio's Agbar Tower stands at a key location in central Barcelona.

Barcelona. Agbar Tower<br> Jean Nouvel and Fermin Vazquez. 2004 The distribution of the building's 4,400 windows was carefully studied to take into account exposure to daylight and views. This is why the building has bigger windows facing the sea and Sagrada Familia. They also have different colours and hues, like those of Gaudì's many masterpieces in Barcelona.
In all, 40 different colours and 41 thousand pieces of aluminium make the building's cladding its most characteristic feature. Hues vary from earth tones to grey, light blue and green.
The building is completed by a sunshade system designed and positioned on the basis of the angle of the sun's rays.
Nouvel's intention was not simply to create a skyscraper unlike any other, but to make a kind of new spire suggesting movement in ascension, a great fluid mass that looks as if it has grown out of the earth.

Laura Della Badia

Thanks to: www.jeannouvel.com

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