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Torre de Madrid
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General information
Location Plaza de España Madrid, Spain
Coordinates 40°25′28″N 3°42′44″W / 40.42444°N 3.71222°W / 40.42444; -3.71222
Status Completed
Constructed 1954-1957
Opening October 15, 1957 (age 51)
Use Residential, Office
Antenna or spire 165m (541 ft)
Roof 142m (466 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 36
Elevators 12
Companies involved
Architect(s) Julio Otamendi
Structural engineer Joaquín Otamendi
Developer Compañía Inmobiliaria Metropolitana
Owner Metrovacesa

The Torre de Madrid (Tower of Madrid) is one of the tallest buildings in Madrid, Spain. It measures 142 meters 36 floors high and was constructed between 1954 and 1957. Julián and José María Otamendi Machimbarrena as an assignment of the Metropolitan Real Estate Agency, for whom already they had built the Edificio España.

It is situated on the Plaza de España, being a symbolic building for the plaza and the city. It holds offices and apartments. It was the highest office building of Western Europe until 1967, when it was surpassed by the 150-meter high South Tower in Brussels. The Tower appeared in numerous Spanish movies released in the 1960s.

The tower was conceived to be the tallest concrete building in the world at the time of its completion, and even the construction of Torrespaña, was the highest one of the city. The project of the Otamendi contemplated besides that the building harbored 500 stores, spacious galleries, a hotel, and even a cinema. Besides, the tower was equipped with twelve elevators of the fastest model of the epoch and that permitted to travel through three meters and middle per second. The works were finished on October 15, 1957.

The Tower of Madrid is found in the Plaza of Spain, in the end of the Great Way, in the heart of the Spanish capital. Along with the Building Spain, of 117 meters, also situated in said plaza, they form an interesting architectural assembly. Both enjoy protection on the part of the City Hall of the capital. It was the tallest building in Spain until 1982, when it was surpassed by the Torrespaña telecommunications tower.

It forms part of the Gran Via skyscraper zone, to the contrary that most of the skyscrapers with a height of 100+ meters in the city, situated in the financial district of AZCA, in the neighborhood of Tetuán.

On April 28, 2005, the tower was put for sale by the real estate agency Metrovacesa along with the Edificio España to vote part of the acquisition of the French company Gecina. The price was about 400.000.000 €.


  • Height: 142 m
  • Number of Floors: 37
  • Position of height in Madrid: 13th (May 2007)

Order of height according to the date:

  • 1982: 1st place
  • 1987: 2nd place
  • 1988: 3rd place
  • 1992: 5th place
  • 2002: 7th place
  • 2004: 8th place
  • 2006: 9th place
  • 2007: 13th place

In 25 years has descended from 1st place to 13th place.

See also

List of tallest buildings in Madrid



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