Torre Picasso

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Torre Picasso
Torre Picasso - 01.jpg
General information
Location Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates 40°27′01″N 3°41′33″W / 40.45028°N 3.69250°W / 40.45028; -3.69250Coordinates: 40°27′01″N 3°41′33″W / 40.45028°N 3.69250°W / 40.45028; -3.69250
Construction started 1982[1]
Completed 1988[1]
Owner Pontegadea Inmobiliaria[1]
Management PER Gestora Inmobiliaria[1]
Height
Roof 157 m (515 ft)[2]
Technical details
Floor count 46 above, 5 below[2]
Floor area 121,000 m2 (1,302,000 sq ft)[2]
Lifts/elevators 26[2]
Design and construction
Architect Minoru Yamasaki; in collaboration with Jorge Mir Valls and Rafael Coll Pujol[1]
Main contractor Construcciones y Contratas

Torre Picasso (Picasso Tower) is a skyscraper in Madrid, Spain designed by Minoru Yamasaki. From 1988 until 2007 it was the tallest building in Madrid, measuring 515 ft (157 m) and with 43 floors.[2] Torre Picasso is located next to the Pablo Picasso Square, within the commercial complex AZCA along the Paseo de la Castellana.

History[edit]

Planning and construction[edit]

The Torre Picasso was part of a plan to build a large block of modern buildings in the expansion area of northern Madrid. Construction of this area, better known as AZCA, began in 1970 and in 1975 developer, Unión de Explosivos Río Tinto, S.A., awarded design of the tower to American architect Minoru Yamakasi, in collaboration with Jorge Mir Valls and Rafael Coll Pujol. In 1980, Yamakasi received a license to building the highest office complex of Madrid.[1]

Construction began late 1982, and the building opened in December 1988. During this period, construction stalled for a period until new owners Portland Valderrivas S.A. and Inmobiliaria Asón S.A., purchased the incomplete structure and relaunched work in 1985 under the direction of Architect Fernando Alas.[1] In 2002, FCC regained control of the building through a purchase of Portland Valderrivas.[3]

Torre Picasso was owned by Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas until December 2011[4] It is currently managed by PER Gestora Inmobiliaria, S.L.[1] Pontegadea Inmobiliaria, a division of Industria de Diseño Textil, S.A. purchased the structure for €400 million.[5]

Skyline position[edit]

At its opening, Torre Picasso was Madrid's tallest office building, surpassing Torre de Madrid. However, the Torrespaña, a television tower, reaches higher with its 231 m (757.87 ft). Notable surrounding skyscrapers are Torre Europa, Banco de Bilbao Tower and Windsor Tower, now demolished after a fire.

The Torre Picasso was Spain's tallest building until in 2001 it was overtaken by the Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm, Alicante.[4] In 2007, the Torre Espacio also surpassed the Picasso Tower[4] and since 2009 three additional taller buildings were constructed: Torre Caja Madrid, Torre de Cristal and Torre Sacyr Vallehermoso.

Events[edit]

On December 21, 1999, the Spanish Civil Guard stopped a van packed with 950 kg (2,090 lb) of explosives that Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, the Basque separatist group, was planning to use to demolish the skyscraper. The following day, the guard discovered another van near Calatayud (Zaragoza) with an attitional 750 kg (1,650 lb) of explosives. The incident became known as "la caravana de la muerte" (The caravan of death).[6]

Figures and statistics[edit]

Night view
Black and white view looking southwest

Following information can be found on the official website of Torre Picasso:

  • Height: 157 m (515.09 ft) above ground (171 m (561.02 ft) including basement)
  • 43 floors
    • 5 basement floors (first level is a commercial area, others are parking)
    • ground floor houses the lobby
    • 42 floors house offices
    • 44th floor contains mechanical equipment
    • 45th floor contains the heliport
  • Area: 71,700 m2 (771,772 sq ft) office space, 121,000 m2 (1,302,433 sq ft) in total
  • Size per floor: 38 m × 50 m (124.67 ft × 164.04 ft)
  • 26 elevators; 18 serve office floors divided into three zones:
    • 1st-18th floors at 2.5 m/s (8.20 ft/s)
    • 18th-32nd floors at 4 m/s (13.12 ft/s)
    • 32nd-43rd floors at 6 m/s (19.69 ft/s) (apparently fastest in Spain)
  • Glass façade surface: 9,000 m2 (96,875 sq ft)
  • Parking space: 837
  • Foreseen population: 6,000 persons
  • Daily visitors: 1,500 persons

Architecture[edit]

The entrance arch

The structure is has a rectangular footprint with a windowless two-storey base. A wide round arch, resting on an underground steel structure for support, serves as the entrance and supports the façade above. The opening under this arch is covered by a special security glass named STADIP (the one used in Torre Agbar in Barcelona). Windows on floors 3 through 43 are grouped in twos divided by a slender pier. The groupings are divided by larger piers into 15 bays across the front of the building and 11 bays on the sides. The façade is covered in white aluminum and the corners of the structure are chamfered.[2] The top two floors are also windowless and the parapet flares to form a cornice. Elevators, in three groupings, occupy a bay in the rear of the structure along with stairways.

In August 2004, the Otis Elevator Company received a contract to modernise the elevators in the building and incorporate some of the most advanced elevator technology available.[7]

Cultural depictions[edit]

  • The tower was previously home to the Canal+ TV studios
  • It was featured in the last scenes of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 movie Open Your Eyes. Lead character César (portrayed by Eduardo Noriega) commits suicide by jumping from the Torre Picasso.[4]
  • It was featured in the Crisis (TV series) pilot as the Porter Pearce HQ though the action is supposed to happen in the DC area

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "History". Torre Picasso. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Did You Know...". Torre Picasso. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ "FCC to take over Portland Valderrivas" (Press release). FCC. 16 April 2002. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Torre Picasso". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  5. ^ Dominguez, Pablo (29 December 2011). "Zara Founder Buys Madrid Skyscraper Torre Picasso For EUR400M". The Wall Street Journal (wsj.com). 
  6. ^ "Today in History for December 1999". historyorb.com. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Otis To Modernize Elevators In Madrid’s Torre Picasso" (Press release). Otis Elevator Company. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Torre Picasso at Wikimedia Commons