Contemporary Architecture

Jean Nouvel – The Torre Agbar

Biography: Jean Nouvel was born in 1945 in Fumel, France. He has been working as an architect since 1975, mainly in France, Germany and Japan.

  • 1972 – diploma from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts
  • 1975 – opens his first architectural studio
  • 1981 – wins competition for a series of large-scale projects proposed by President Francois Mitterrand
  • 1988 – forms a partnership with Swiss architect Emmanuel Cattani
  • 1991 – becomes vice-president of the Institut Frençais d’Architecure
  • 1993 – named Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

Design Philosophy: “ For me, architecture is a modification. A little modification of a landscape, a part of a city, a complement to other buildings, a testimony of an epoch and so on. It’s not a kind of sculpture. “

– sensitivity to context – cultural, geographical or architectural.
– more dynamic and lively architecture.

“My research is always around the idea of specificity and I don’t like to repeat the same vocabulary or to do the same architecture on every spot on the earth.”

– focus on creating something unique and exclusive to the place.

– full of simplicity, delicacy, & depth. The Torre Agbar, Barcelona, Spain: Project Details:

  • Program: 142 m highrise for the registered office of the company Aigües de Barcelona (AGBAR) + auditorium of 350 places
  • Client: Layetana Inmuebles S.L.
  • Architects: AJN and b720 (Barcelona Architectural studio)
  • Structure: Obiols/Brufau
  • Builder: Dragados/Axima/Emte
  • Architect/Lobby/Top Management: b720 advised by AJN
  • Project Management: Master Igeneria
  • General Management: Agbar Servicios Compartidos

Location: Its Key strategic position ensures easy access and proximity to the most important and emblematic places in the city The origin: Inspired by the architectural legacy of Montserrat, the Agbar Tower rises from the ground with the power and lightness of a geyser. Use of 81000 LEDs to produce 16 million colours Bioclimatic Architecture

  • Regulation of air flow
  • Use of sunlight through building’s orientation
  • Energy Efficient
  • Use of insulating, recyclable and non-contaminating materials.
  • Use of Renewable Energy sources in design.

Air Flow:

  • 8500 windows designed to achieve natural ventilation.
  • Double glazing

Materials & Energy Efficiency:

  • No material is used that contains formaldehyde, asbestos or lead.
  • Optimization of elevator routes using a computer system to avoid unnecessary consumption and ensure service for people with special needs.
  • Average solar heat gain : 25.11 %.
  • Natural Heating and Ventilation through louvers.
  • Temperature sensors on external façade.

Use of sunlight: Fritted Louvers

  • provide partial shade to the building’s surface, and
  • create a ventilation space that allows heat to rise and escape before reaching the thermal envelope behind.

A Business Tower

  • It announces the location of the new barcelona business centre like a lighthouse attracting businesses for the immediate future.
  • At the doors of the new business district 22 in Barcelona.
  • Priviledged work environment with singular prestige.

Office Spaces:

  • Column free spaces
  • Free height 2.6m
  • Encapsulated technical floor
  • 1500kg/m² load bearing steel false ceiling.
  • Embedded sprinklers and lights
  • Modular furniture
  • One kitchen per floor

Building Characteristics:

  • 28 floors : Office Use
  • 03 floors : Refugee floors
  • 01 floor   : Cafeteria
  • 01 floor   : Multipurpose Room
  • 01 floor   : Panoramic View
  • 8 Elevators +
  • 1 Service Elevator +
  • 02 floors : Auditorium + Services
  • 02 floors : Parking

Interior Design

  • The interior design is based on the energy and colour of its exterior skin

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