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Torre Agbar Barcelona Reviews
Torre Agbar in Barcelona Aug 23, 2009
Torre Agbar located in the Poblenou neighbourhood, and is another wonderful building situated at Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes in Barcelona.
The Torre Agbar, or Agbar Tower,. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in association with the Spanish firm b720 Arquitectos and built by Dragados. It opened in June 2005 and is named after its owners, the Agbar Group.
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. He also described it as having a phallic character, which is not hard to imagine. It is also somewhat similar in shape to Sir Norman Foster's 30 St. Mary Axe also known as the Gherkin and the Swiss Re Building in London.
The Agbar Tower measures 144.4 m in height and consists of 38 storeys, including four underground levels with 30,000 m² of above-ground office space, 3,210 m² of technical service floors with installations and 8,351 m² of services, including an auditorium.
The building is wonderful to watch in the nighttime when the nocturnal illumination is used. 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 of the façade of the building, reducing the consumption of energy for air conditioning.
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