Torre Colpatria

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Colpatria Tower
Torre Colpatria
Colpatria desde la cra 7.JPG
Record height
Tallest in Colombia from 1978 to 2 April 2015[I]
Preceded byCentro de Comercio Internacional, Bogotá
192 m (630 ft)
Surpassed byBD Bacatá
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffice, observation
Town or cityBogotá
Country Colombia
Construction started1973
Completed1978
Opened1979
OwnerGrupo Empresarial Colpatria
Height
Roof196 m (643 ft)
Technical details
Floor count48
Lifts/elevators13
Design and construction
ArchitectObregón Valenzuela & Cía. Ltda.
Main contractorPizano Pradilla Caro & Restrepo Ltda.
Downtown Bogotá from Torre Colpatria at night

The Torre Colpatria (English: Colpatria tower) is a 50-story skyscraper in the downtown area of Bogotá, Colombia. It's the third tallest building in the country and the fifth-tallest in South America. Constructed from 1973 to 1978 and opened in 1979, it has a total height of 196 metres (643 ft), becoming the tallest skyscraper of Colombia and holding that title until 2016, when the south tower of the BD Bacatá was topped off. The main headquarters of the Colpatria Bank are located in the building, and also a great number of other banks and financial corporations have offices in it. The building lies at the intersection of 26th street and 7th avenue, in the heart of the city's downtown.

Since 1998 the Colpatria Tower was illuminated every night with thirty-six color changing Xenon lights. But, in 2012, the Dutch lighting company Philips replaced the old lights with a 120-meters-high LED system to improve the lighting of the building and project high-definition images.[1]. Because of that, and also because it was the tallest skyscraper in Colombia for almost 40 years, the building is a landmark in the country and dominates Bogota's skyline along with other structures such as the BD Bacatá, the World Trade Center, FONADE and Colseguros buildings.

Architecture[edit]

The base of the tower is a square, constructed at the juncture of two of the most important avenues in Bogota. The building's facade comprises pilasters of concrete and vertical glazing bars, extending unbroken from ground level to the building's roof. The feature provides ventilation and natural light to offices.

The Torre Colpatria's complex includes a separate ten-floor building, built to give contrast to the main tower's height. There are several public and commercial banking offices, as well as parking facilities.

The tower has an observation deck on the 49th floor, open to visitors on weekends and holidays. Both its central location in Bogota and its height make the Torre Colpatria one of the city's most important observatories.

Stats[edit]

  • Height: 196 metres (643 ft)
  • Floor count: 49
  • Top floor: 48
  • Capacity : 5.000

Competition[edit]

Since 2005, on December 8, takes places the race to climb the nine hundred eighty steps up, where participants, in groups of ten competitors, start every half minute. The record time is 5 minutes 11 seconds. This race is included on the Towerrunning 2011, and it's the final race of this year.

Year built Companies Location
1979 Colpatria Bank Bogotá, Colombia

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Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Explorador de casos - Philips Lighting". www.lighting.philips.com.co.

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Coordinates: 4°36′40″N 74°04′13″W / 4.611040°N 74.070288°W / 4.611040; -74.070288