Gate of Europe

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Gate of Europe
Puerta de Europa
PlazaCastillaMadrid.JPG
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffice
LocationPaseo de la Castellana 189/216, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates40°27′59″N 3°41′16″W / 40.46639°N 3.68778°W / 40.46639; -3.68778Coordinates: 40°27′59″N 3°41′16″W / 40.46639°N 3.68778°W / 40.46639; -3.68778
Construction started1989
Completed1996
OwnerBankia and Realia
Height
Roof114 m (374 ft)
Technical details
Floor count26
Lifts/elevators8
Design and construction
ArchitectPhilip Johnson, John Burgee
Developer Libyan Investment Office
Structural engineerLeslie E. Robertson Associates, RLLP, New York
Main contractorFCC

The Gate of Europe towers (Spanish: Puerta de Europa), also known as KIO Towers (Torres KIO), are twin office buildings near the Plaza de Castilla in Madrid, Spain. The towers have a height of 114 m (374 ft) and have 26 floors. They were constructed from 1989 to 1996. The Puerta de Europa is the second tallest twin towers in Spain after the Torres de Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Gate of Europe in 2014

The Gate of Europe towers were designed by the American architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, built by Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas[1] and commissioned by the Kuwait Investment Office (hence their initial name "Torres KIO" or "KIO Towers"). Leslie E. Robertson Associates, RLLP New York (LERA) provided structural engineering services. Each building is 115 m tall with an inclination of 15°, making them the first inclined skyscrapers in the world. They are located near the Chamartín railway station, on the sides of the Plaza de Castilla bus station, north from the Paseo de la Castellana and near the Cuatro Torres Business Area (CTBA).

After the receivership of Grupo Torras, KIO had to sell the buildings, which are now owned by Bankia and Realia.

The west tower has a rooftop helicopter pad outlined in blue; the east tower has a red one.

In popular culture[edit]

The towers played a key role in the 1995 movie The Day of the Beast, the climax of which took place on one of the then nearly-completed towers. The towers were also shot in the song sequence "oru koodai sunlight" in the popular Tamil film Sivaji.

They are also seen in an episode of Mickey and the Roadster Racers. The racers must collect a flag from the top of the towers in 'Running of the Roadsters' (episode 5b).

References[edit]

  1. ^ FCC history Archived 2008-03-27 at the Wayback Machine.

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