Sevilla Tower

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Sevilla Tower
Torre Sevilla
Torre Sevilla abril 2015.jpg
Tower in April 2015
Former namesCaja Sol Tower, Pellli Tower
General information
StatusComplete
LocationSeville, Spain
Construction started2008
Completed2015
Height
Roof180.5 m (592 ft)
Technical details
Floor count40 (3 basement floors)
Floor area68,000 m2 (732,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators8
Design and construction
ArchitectCésar Pelli (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects)
Main contractorFCC & Abengoa
Website
https://www.torre-sevilla.com and https://www.cctorresevilla.com/

The Sevilla Tower (Spanish: Torre Sevilla), known until 2015 as the Cajasol Tower or Pelli Tower, is an office skyscraper in Seville, Spain. Its construction started in March 2008 and was completed in 2015.[1] The tower is 180.5 metres (592 ft) tall and has 40 floors. It is an office building, with the entrance to the tower located off Odiel street. The tower is the tallest building in Andalusia and in the city of Seville, and the seventh tallest in Spain.

The tower is located in La Cartuja, the former zone of the Universal Exposition that took place in Seville between April and October 1992. It is located next to the river in an area being redeveloped since the early 2000s. The tower is flanked by two four story podium buildings also designed by César Pelli. The curved edges of the podium buildings define a plaza that opens on the north and south and narrows at the center, creating a pedestrian-scaled commercial street.[2]

Controversy[edit]

It had been reported that UNESCO was considering putting the Seville's monuments which are classified as World Heritage Sites (the Cathedral, Alcazar and Archivo de Indias) into the "Threatened List", because of the tower's “negative visual impact” on the old town skyline of Seville.[3] UNESCO went so far as to ask the city to reduce the tower's height, but city officials ignored the requests.[4] The proposal was rejected at the meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Saint Petersburg in 2012 but the meeting regretted that work on the tower had not been suspended, as requested by the Committee at its previous session, and that no discussions or consultations had been undertaken to consider how the project could be improved and any possible impact further reduced.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Torre Sevilla: el edificio más alto de Andalucía busca identidad y contenido" [Seville Tower: the tallest building in Andalusia seeks identity and contents]. eldiario.es (in Spanish). 19 February 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Centro Comercial Torre Sevilla". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  3. ^ Horsfield, Eloise (20 January 2012). "Pelli tower must be stopped, says UNESCO". olivepress.com. The Olive Press. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ Tremmlet, Giles (20 January 2012). "Seville's Unesco status threatened by 600ft Pelli tower". The Guardian. Seville. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Decisions Adopted by The World Heritage Committee at its 36th Session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012)" (pdf). UNESCO World Heritage Committee. 2012. p. 127. Retrieved 2014-04-27.

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Coordinates: 37°23′31″N 6°00′35″W / 37.39194°N 6.00972°W / 37.39194; -6.00972