Torre Agbar in Barcelona

Friday, 1 November 2013 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, House of the Month
Reading Time:  3 minutes

© ArquiWHAT/cc-by-3.0

© ArquiWHAT/cc-by-3.0

The Torre Agbar is a 38-story skyscraper / tower located between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in association with the Spanish firm b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos and built by Dragados. The Torre Agbar is located in the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona and is named after its owners, the Agbar Group, a holding company whose interests include the Barcelona water company Aguas de Barcelona.

The tower measures a total of 50,693 square metres, of which 30,000 are offices, 3,210 technical facilities, 8,132 services, including an auditorium, and 9,132 square metres for parking. 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.

© Year_of_the_dragon/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Va.sc_./cc-by-sa-3.0 © Susana Calvera/cc-by-sa-2.0-de © Miguel Carminati - www.80iso.com/cc-by-sa-2.5 © Arenagamma/cc-by-sa-3.0 © ArquiWHAT/cc-by-3.0
<
>
© Miguel Carminati - www.80iso.com/cc-by-sa-2.5
It opened in June 2005 and was officially opened by King Juan Carlos I on 16 September 2005 and at a cost of 130 million euro. It is one in a collection of High-tech architecture examples in Barcelona. The popularity of the tower to tourists is such that a visit to the tower has become a part of tourist bus routes (and even the helicopter tour) and many tourists take an opportunity to visit the inside.

The building is owned by the multinational group Agbar which has its corporate headquarters in the building and that takes up most of the floors, renting the remainder. The Agbar Tower was acquired in March 2010 for 165 million euro, after reaching an agreement with its former owner, the investment group Azurelau. Azurelau previously had bought the property in mid-2007. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Read more on Wikipedia Torre Agbar. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Si Racha in Thailand

Si Racha in Thailand

[caption id="attachment_235625" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Central Si Racha © Centralpattana2022/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Si Racha is a subdistrict and town in Thailand on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, about 120 km southeast of Bangkok in Si Racha district, Chonburi province. Si Racha is in the industrial Eastern Seaboard zone, along with Pattaya, Laem Chabang, and Chonburi. Si Racha is known as the provenance of the popular hot sauce, Sriracha, which is named after the town. Si Racha used ...

[ read more ]

Lübeck, the Queen of the Hanseatic League

Lübeck, the Queen of the Hanseatic League

[caption id="attachment_160181" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Town Hall on Market Square © Mylius[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hanseatic City of Lübeck is the second-largest city in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany, and one of the major ports of Germany. It was for several centuries the "capital" of the Hanseatic League ("Queen of the Hanse") and, because of its Brick Gothic architectural heritage, is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In 2005 it had a population of 214,000. Situated at the Trave Riv...

[ read more ]

Theme Week South Africa - Bloemfontein

Theme Week South Africa - Bloemfontein

[caption id="attachment_166169" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Old Presidency © Janek Szymanowski/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bloemfontein (Afrikaans and Dutch previously "fountain of flowers" or "blooming fountain;" also known as Bloem) is the capital city of the province of Free State of South Africa; and, as the judicial capital of the nation, one of South Africa's three national capitals (the other two being Cape Town, the legislative capital, and Pretoria, the administrative capital). Bloemfontein is the sixth...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Greenland - Tasiilaq

Theme Week Greenland - Tasiilaq

[caption id="attachment_229795" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - Christine Zenino/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Tasiilaq, formerly Ammassalik and Angmagssalik, is a town in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland. With 1,985 inhabitants as of 2020, it is the most populous community on the eastern coast, and the seventh-largest town in Greenland. The Sermilik Station, dedicated to the research of the nearby Mittivakkat Glacier, is located near the town. Tasiilaq is located approximately...

[ read more ]

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat in Catalonia

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat in Catalonia

[caption id="attachment_150639" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Square of the town council © Yearofthedragon/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]L'Hospitalet de Llobregat is a municipality to the immediate southwest of Barcelona in Catalonia. By population, it is the second largest in Catalonia and the sixteenth in Spain. By population density, is notable for being one of the most densely populated cities in the European Union. Its economy has improved recently, as can be seen from the city's new skyline and relocat...

[ read more ]

Alexanderplatz in Berlin

Alexanderplatz in Berlin

[caption id="attachment_206548" align="aligncenter" width="590"] World Clock © Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Alexanderplatz is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin. The square is named after the Russian Tsar Alexander I and is often referred to simply as Alex, which also denotes the larger neighbourhood stretching from Mollstraße in the northeast to Spandauer Straße and the Rotes Rathaus in the southwest. With more than 360,000 visitors daily, Alexanderpl...

[ read more ]

The Malt Whisky Trail

The Malt Whisky Trail

[caption id="attachment_152524" align="aligncenter" width="364"] © schottlandportal.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Whisky distilleries were founded in an environment rich in the highest quality ingredients: pure, clear spring water and abundant supplies of fragrant golden barley. On the whisky trail of Speyside, you'll find more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries, each with its own warm welcome and an invitation to see, smell, taste and absorb the magic of whisky. Each whisky distillery on the distillery tou...

[ read more ]

Abbey of Fontenay in Burgundy

Abbey of Fontenay in Burgundy

[caption id="attachment_231094" align="alignnone" width="590"] The cloister © Jjpetite/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Abbey of Fontenay is a former Cistercian abbey located in the commune of Marmagne, near Montbard, in the département of Côte-d'Or in France. It was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1118, and built in the Romanesque style. It is one of the oldest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in Europe, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Of the original complex comprising church, dormit...

[ read more ]

Bond Street in London

Bond Street in London

[caption id="attachment_233872" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Rolls-Royce on New Bond Street © flickr.com - 35mmMan/cc-by-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bond Street in the West End of London links Piccadilly in the south to Oxford Street in the north. Since the 18th century the street has housed many prestigious and upmarket fashion retailers. The southern section is Old Bond Street and the longer northern section New Bond Street—a distinction not generally made in everyday usage. The street was built on fields surr...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Ulster - Omagh

Theme Week Ulster - Omagh

[caption id="attachment_153146" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Ardfern/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Omagh (Irish: an Ómaigh, meaning "the virgin plain") is the county town of County Tyrone. It is situated where the rivers Drumragh and Camowen meet to form the Strule. The district, which is the largest in the county, has a population of 51,000. Omagh also contains the headquarters of Omagh District Council and the Western Education and Library Board. Omagh is the main retail centre for Tyrone, as well as the West ...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
Aerial view © Orlovic/cc-by-sa-3.0
Pula on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula

Pula is the largest city in Istria County, situated at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula, with a population...

Dubai Creek © Shahid1024/cc-by-sa-3.0
Theme Week Dubai on the southeast coast of the Arabian Gulf

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate. The emirate of Dubai is located on...

Søndergade Street © Hubertus45/cc-by-sa-3.0
Nakskov on the Danish island Lolland

Nakskov is a town in south Denmark. It is in Lolland municipality in Region Sjælland on the western coast of...

Close