Cuatro Torres Business Area

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Four Towers Business Area
Cuatro Torres Business Area
Madrid Cuatro Torres Business Area-2.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location Bandera de Madrid.svg Madrid,
Flag of the Community of Madrid.svg Comunidad de Madrid,
 Spain
Coordinates 40°28′40″N 3°41′16″W / 40.47778°N 3.68778°W / 40.47778; -3.68778Coordinates: 40°28′40″N 3°41′16″W / 40.47778°N 3.68778°W / 40.47778; -3.68778
Construction started 2004 (all)
Completed Torre Espacio : March 2007
Torre PwC: April 2008
Torre Bankia: May 2009
Torre de Cristal: December 2009
Height
Roof Torre Bankia: 250 m (820 ft)
Torre de Cristal: 249 m (817 ft)
Torre PwC: 236 m (774 ft)
Torre Espacio: 230 m (750 ft)
Technical details
Floor count Torre PwC: 58
Torre Espacio: 57
Torre de Cristal: 52
Torre Bankia: 45
Lifts/elevators Torre de Cristal: 27
Torre Espacio: 27
Torre Bankia: 14
Torre PwC: 8
Design and construction
Architect Torre Bankia: Norman Foster
Torre de Cristal: César Pelli
Torre PwC: Carlos Rubio Carvajal and Enrique Álvarez-Sala Walther
Torre Espacio: Henry N. Cobb

Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA), Spanish for "Four Towers Business Area", is a business district located in the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid, Spain, on the former Ciudad Deportiva of Real Madrid. The area contains the tallest skyscrapers in Spain, the Torre Espacio, Torre de Cristal, Torre PwC and Torre Bankia. Construction of the buildings finished in 2008. The complex was formerly known as Madrid Arena.

CTBA buildings[edit]

Building Year Finished Height Floors
Torre Bankia 2009 250m 45
Torre de Cristal 2008 250m 52
Torre PwC 2008 236m 52
Torre Espacio 2007 224m 57

Torre Espacio[edit]

Main article: Torre Espacio

Designed by Henry N. Cobb and built by Obrascón Huarte Lain, the 57-storey Torre Espacio (Spanish for Space Tower) is 224.5 metres (737 feet) tall. In November 2006, its height surpassed that of the Gran Hotel Bali, thus making it the tallest building in Spain, although it retained that title only for a short time (see below). The structure was topped out on March 19, 2007 and that evening, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, mayor of Madrid, attended a firework display to commemorate the event.

Torre Bankia[edit]

Main article: Torre Bankia

Designed by Lord Foster, and built by a joint venture of Dragados and Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas,[1] the 45-storey Torre Bankia (Spanish for Bankia Tower), with a height of 250 m, is the tallest of the four buildings in the complex, 89 cm higher than Torre de Cristal.

It was first known as Torre Repsol and was to have served as headquarters for the oil and gas company Repsol YPF. During the construction of the tower, Repsol decided to change the location of its future headquarters, and the financial institution Caja Madrid purchased the building for €815 million in August 2007.[2]

Torre de Cristal[edit]

Designed by Cesar Pelli and built by Dragados,[3] Torre de Cristal (Spanish for Crystal Tower), with a height of 249.5 meters, ranks as the second tallest building in the country after Torre Caja Madrid. In April 2007, its structure surpassed the height of Torre Espacio, for a while becoming the tallest building and structure in Spain. Has 52 elevators.

Torre PwC[edit]

Main article: Torre PwC

Designed by Carlos Rubio Carvajal and Enrique Álvarez-Sala Walter and built by Sacyr Sau,[4] the 52-storey skyscraper, formerly known as Torre Sacyr Vallehermoso, is 236 meters (774 feet) tall. It houses the five-star hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower, which occupies 60% of the tower, with rooms between floors 6 and 27 and at its upper part, a two-storey dining room offering a panoramic view of the city. It is the only tower with double skin facade and it is covered entirely of glass in the form of flakes. On the upper deck there are 3 wind turbines capable of producing wind energy for use in the building. A production of 25 kWh is estimated.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Structurae database
  2. ^ (Spanish) Expansión.com: "Caja Madrid purchase Torre Caja Madrid".
  3. ^ Structurae database
  4. ^ Construction details

External links[edit]

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