Torre Espacio

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Torre Espacio
Torre Espacio (Madrid) 09a.jpg
View from south-east angle
General information
Type Office
Location Pº de la Castellana 259, CTBA, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates 40°28′44″N 3°41′12″W / 40.47889°N 3.68667°W / 40.47889; -3.68667Coordinates: 40°28′44″N 3°41′12″W / 40.47889°N 3.68667°W / 40.47889; -3.68667
Construction started 2004
Completed 2008
Owner Inmobiliaria Espacio
Height
Roof 230 m (750 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 57
Lifts/elevators Made by Schindler Group
Design and construction
Architect Pei Cobb Freed
Main contractor OHL

The Torre Espacio (Spanish for Space Tower) is a skyscraper in Madrid, Spain. The skyscraper is 230 metres (755 feet) tall and has 57 floors.

During its construction on the night of September 4th 2006, same day that the Spain national basketball team were celebrating the winning of the World Title in Madrid that they won 2 days ago, a fire was declared on the floor 43 of the tower. Fortunately, there were no critical damages on the structure of the building. It just affected some construction materials.[1] In November 2006, its structure surpassed the height of the Gran Hotel Bali, thus becoming the tallest building in Spain. The structure was topped out on March 19, 2007. On the night of that day, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, mayor of Madrid, attended a ceremony with fireworks to commemorate the event. With its 230 m, it also became the tallest structure in Spain, surpassing the telecommunications tower Torrespaña. Torre de Cristal, one of the neighbouring skyscrapers at the Cuatro Torres Business Area, surpassed the height of Torre Espacio in April 2007.[2]

The building project was featured on the Discovery Channel's Build It Bigger series due to the skyscraper's unique form and shape.

It was designed by American architect Henry N. Cobb,[3] a partner in the firm Pei Cobb Freed, and built by Dragados.[4] In 2009, it became the new home of the British Embassy in Madrid.[5]

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