Torre Espacio

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Torre Espacio
Torre Espacio (Madrid) 09a.jpg
View from south-east angle
General information
Type Office
Location Pº de la Castellana 259, CTBA, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates 40°28′44″N 3°41′12″W / 40.47889°N 3.68667°W / 40.47889; -3.68667Coordinates: 40°28′44″N 3°41′12″W / 40.47889°N 3.68667°W / 40.47889; -3.68667
Construction started 2004
Completed 2008
Owner Inmobiliaria Espacio
Height
Roof 230 m (750 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 57
Lifts/elevators 27 (Made by Schindler Group)
Design and construction
Architect Pei Cobb Freed
Structural engineer MC2 Estudio de Ingenieria
Main contractor OHL
References
[1]

The Torre Espacio (Spanish for Space Tower) is a skyscraper in Madrid, Spain, measuring 230 metres (755 feet) tall and containing 57 floors. It is currently the fourth tallest building in Madrid.

Construction[edit]

During its construction on the night of September 4, 2006 a fire broke out on the 43rd floor of the tower. The structure of the building suffered no critical damage, as the fire had only affected some construction materials.[2] In November 2006, its structure surpassed the height of the Gran Hotel Bali, thus becoming the tallest building in Spain.

The structure was topped out on March 19, 2007. That night, Madrid mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardón attended a ceremony with fireworks to commemorate the event. With its 230 m, it also became the tallest structure in Spain, surpassing the telecommunications tower Torrespaña. Torre de Cristal, one of the neighbouring skyscrapers at the Cuatro Torres Business Area, surpassed the height of Torre Espacio in April 2007.[3]

Rotating model of Torre Espacio with floors colour-coded by designation. In the SVG file, hover over a floor to highlight it.

The building project was featured on the Discovery Channel's Build It Bigger series due to the skyscraper's unique form and shape.

It was designed by American architect Henry N. Cobb,[4] a partner in the firm Pei Cobb Freed, and built by OHL.[5] In 2009, it became the new home of the British Embassy in Madrid.[6] In 2010, the Embassy of Canada too moved to Torre Espacio.[7] The Australian Embassy is also located in the building.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Torre Espacio". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Torre Espacio Fire
  3. ^ Terra, May 16, 2007.
  4. ^ Pei Cobb Freed & Partners website
  5. ^ "OHL will earn 6.54 million to build Torre Espacio". Expansion.com. 27 March 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Official website for the British Embassy in Spain
  7. ^ "The Embassy of Canada inaugurates its new chancery in Torre Espacio". Government of Canada. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Australian Embassy in Madrid". spain.embassy.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-01-28. 

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