Centro Financiero Confinanzas
|Centro Financiero Confinanzas|
The tower in 2004.
|Owner||Corpolago C. A.|
|Roof||190 m (620 ft)|
|Floor area||121.741 m²|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Enrique Gómez and Associates.|
|Developer||J. David Brillembourg.|
|Structural engineer||Brewer and Brewer Engineers S.C.|
Centro Financiero Confinanzas also known as Torre de David (the Tower of David), is an unfinished skyscraper in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country after the twin towers of Parque Central Complex. The construction of the tower began in 1990 but was halted in 1994 due to the Venezuelan banking crisis. As of 2013, the building remains incomplete.
The tower is nicknamed "Torre de David" after David Brillembourg, the tower's investor who died in 1993. During the banking crisis of 1994, the government took control of the building. The building lacks elevators, installed electricity, running water, balcony railing, windows and even walls in many places.
Venezuela's massive housing shortage led to occupation of the building by squatters in October 2007. Residents have improvised basic services, with water reaching up to the 22nd floor. The residents live up to the 28th floor, with many bodegas and even an unlicensed dentist also operating in the building. Some residents even have cars, parked in the building's parking garage. Seven hundred families comprising over 2,500 residents live in the tower.
The complex has six buildings: El Atrio (Lobby and conference room), the Torre A of 190 m. including a heliport, Torre B, Edificio K, Edificio Z, and 12 stories of parking.
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- Grant, Will (18 December 2010). "Venezuelan squatters bank on the future in office tower". BBC Online. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- "The world’s tallest slum: Rare look at an illegal ghetto in the sky". Vocativ. 2013-08-01.
- Torre David – a documentary film about Centro Financiero Confinanzas.
- Short documentary about residents of the Centro Financiero Confinanzas
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