Located on Plaza de las Glories Catalanes, the 142 m, 35-storey Agbar tower is a “small skyscraper” that fits perfectly into the acute angle formed by Avenida Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz.
Its shape emulates a fountain at constant, stable pressure – a very suitable image for the headquarters of a water utility. To reinforce this imagery, the building does not stand on the ground floor but springs from a sheet of water at the bottom of a crater-like dip.
Four basement floors fill the whole plot, housing support functions and parking areas. The auditorium in the first basement rises from the ground to blend with the undulated landscaped space around the tower.
The building’s interior core and exterior perimeter are both load-bearing, a design that frees the intervening space of structural columns. Two concrete oval cylinders support a system of metallic beams which in turn...