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Location address: España, Barcelona, Barcelona
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‘The Torre Agbar or Agbar Tower, is a 21st century (2005) skyscraper in Barcelona. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. According to Nouvel, the shape of the Torre Agbar was inspired by the mountains of Montserrat that surround Barcelona, and by the shape of a geyser of water rising into the air. There are people, however, who see it as a phallic symbol. As a result of its unusual shape, the building is known by several nicknames, such as ‘‘el supositori’’ (the suppository). The building stands out in Barcelona; it is the third tallest building in Barcelona, only after the Arts Hotel and the Mapfre Tower, both 154 m. A unique feature of the building is its nocturnal illumination. It has 4,500 LED luminous devices that allow generation of luminous images in the facade.’
The Torre Agbar (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈtorə əɡˈbar]) is a 38-story skyscraper / tower located between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in association with the Spanish firm b720 Fermin Vazquez Arquitectos and built by Dragados. The Torre Agbar is located in the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona and is named after its owners, the Agbar Group, a holding company whose interests include the Barcelona water company Aigües de Barcelona.
Torre Agbar is a landmark you can see from many spots in Barcelona. The “The Gherkin” in London is an architecturally similar building which opened a year and a half earlier (April 2004).