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Torre Agbar
Torre Agbar - Barcelona, Spain - Jan 2007.jpg
Torre Agbar, 6 January 2007
General information
Location SpainCatalonia Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates 41¬į24‚Ä≤12‚Ä≥N 02¬į11‚Ä≤22‚Ä≥EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ41.40333¬įN 2.18944¬įEÔĽŅ / 41.40333; 2.18944Coordinates: 41¬į24‚Ä≤12‚Ä≥N 02¬į11‚Ä≤22‚Ä≥EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ41.40333¬įN 2.18944¬įEÔĽŅ / 41.40333; 2.18944
Status Complete
Constructed 2001 - 2004
Opening June 2005
Use Office, conference
Roof 144.44 m (473.88 ft)
Top floor 128.3 m (421 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 33
Floor area 51,483 m2 (554,158 sq ft)
Elevators 9
Cost US$ 130,000,000
Companies involved
Architect(s) Jean Nouvel
Structural engineer Brufau & A. Obiol
Owner Grupo Agbar
References: [1][2][3]

The Torre Agbar, or Agbar Tower, is a 33-story tower at Pla√ßa de les Gl√≤ries Catalanes, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in association with the Spanish firm b720 Arquitectos and built by Dragados.[4] It opened in June 2005 and was inaugurated officially by the King of Spain on 16 September 2005. The Torre Agbar is located in the Poblenou neighborhood of Barcelona and is named after its owners, the Agbar Group, a holding company whose interests include the Barcelona water company Aig√ľes de Barcelona.[5]



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. Jean Nouvel, in an interview, described it as having a phallic character.[6][7] As a result of its unusual shape, the building is known by several nicknames, such as "el supositori" (the suppository), "l'ob√ļs" (the shell) and some more scatological ones.[6] It is also somewhat similar in shape to Sir Norman Foster's 30 St. Mary Axe in London, often called "the Gherkin". It has 30,000 m¬≤ (323,000 ft¬≤) of above-ground office space, 3,210 m¬≤ (34,500 ft¬≤) of technical service floors with installations and 8,351 m¬≤ (90,000 ft¬≤) of services, including an auditorium. The Agbar Tower measures 144.4 m (473.75 ft) in height[8] and consists of 38 stories, including four underground levels.

Detail of the LED luminous devices

Its design combines a number of different architectural concepts, resulting in a striking structure built with reinforced concrete, covered with a facade of glass, and over 4,500 window openings cut out of the structural concrete. The building stands out in Barcelona; it is the third tallest building in Barcelona, only after the Arts Hotel and the Mapfre Tower, both 154 m (505.25 ft).

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 fa√ßade. In addition, it has temperature sensors in the outside of the tower that regulate the opening and closing of the window blinds of the fa√ßade of the building, reducing the consumption of energy for air conditioning. It houses the head office of the Aig√ľes de Barcelona Group, the water supply company of Barcelona.


In popular culture

The Torre Agbar is a featured locale in the 2009 video game Wheelman, published by Midway Games.

See also

  • 30 St Mary Axe, also known as "The Gherkin", and occasionally as The Swiss Re Tower, is an architecturally similar building in London which opened a year and a half earlier, in April 2004.
  • Alain Robert, a famous climber who has scaled the building.


  1. ^ "Torre Agbar -". Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Torre Agbar -". Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  3. ^ "Arquitectura Barcelona, Torre Agbar". Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  4. ^ Structurae database
  5. ^ Agbar corporate Web site
  6. ^ a b Notícias Agbar (Includes interview with Jean Nouvel) quote from the Jean Nouvel interview: In Torre Agbar call the suppository. What do you think? ¡Normal! But I am sure that his phallic character will be diluted when finished. What characterized the tower will be a big vibration of light. Lovers of the mottoes you find another name, sure. [sic] (Translation by Google)
  7. ^ El gran supositorio Article by El Pais, quote: The suppository of Agbar rises to the heavens quickly (Translation by Google)
  8. ^ Torre agbar homepage

External links

Preceded by
(Hong Kong, China)
Emporis Skyscraper Award (Silver)
Succeeded by
Q1 Tower
(Gold Coast, Australia)

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