Torre Agbar

Torre Agbar
Even though the famous Torre Agbar was built just a few years ago, in 2005 , it has already become a symbol of the city.

This imposing tower is located next to Plaza de las Glories , serving as gateway to the technological district of Barcelona , known as the 22 @  District.

Reaching 145 meters high, consists of a total of 38 plants , though  four of  them are located in the underground level. Along with the Mapfre Tower and Hotel Arts , is the third tallest building in Barcelona.

His projection was made by the French architect Jean Nouvel , author of many different and controversial buildings all over the world, such as the Dentsu building in Tokyo , the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin , or the Angel in Prague .

The architect designed the building as a combination of different elements. On the one hand the water , refered to the company housing the tower: Aguas de Barcelona " Agbar " (Water of Barcelona company); second element is fire, represented by his enlightenment and red color; and finally the earth , from which emerges as a huge bullet going up to the sky.


  • How to get there
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  • History of Agbar Tower

Address:

Diagonal, 211
Barcelona.
Phone: 933 422 000

Location:

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Public transport:

Metro: L1, stop Glories.
Bus: 7, 56, 60 and 92.
Tram: Tram T4 and T5, stop Glories.
Since the tower is occupied by the private group managed by the company Agbar, you can only visit the Hall of this impressive building.

In this groung floor there are often temporary exhibitions for visitors, there is no admission fee.

Schedule: 

Monday to Friday from 8 to 20h.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9.30 to 15h.
Accessible to persons with disabilities.
His renowned architect , Jean Nouvel , took as references to built this tower some symbols of the local Catalan culture .

His sources of inspiration were the rounded shapes of the mountain of Montserrat , Catalonia sanctuary per excellence , and the towers of the Sagrada Familia built by Gaudí.

The architect used unusual materials , and thought about the use of solar energy to reduce and save energy.
 
The building is formed by immense glass pieces and aluminum plates, wich provide a peculiar color tonality depending on sunlight, ranging from red to blue.

Behind this features there is a huge construction and an exhaustive work made by its creator : fixing charges criteria , studies of light, and location of the windows one by one, and floor to floor.

One of his greatest achievements is that this amazing tower is illuminated at night , using more than 4,000 LED devices , projecting light images on its facade.

It is really shocking both during night and day, and it is visible from almost everywhere in the city so you will see it for sure during your stay in Barcelona.