Porta Fira Towers

Barcelona / Spain / 2010

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The project is being done in collaboration with the Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Located between Barcelona airport and the city, the Torres Fira project is the gateway to the new Hospitalet de Llobregat trade fair zone. One of the great priorities was to respond to its setting and take advantage of the site’s strategic position between to major projects—Plaça Europa and Fira 2000—acting as a gateway and bridge between them. The office building, orthogonal in shape, located perpendicularly to the Plaça Europa axis and laid out at 30º with respect to Gran Via, becomes a termination for the square and dialogues with the other side of Gran Vía, where there are two orthogonal towers perpendicular to this axis. The hotel uses a similar language: the building. Its subtle trefoil ground-plan is gradually rotated with increasing height and opens up like a flower at the top. The tower turns on its own axis, greeting as it does so the city, the airport, the Plaça Europa and the trade fair site, the viewer’s perception of it constantly changing as it does so. This perception is complemented by a second tower, which at first sight is a simple volume, but which contains a nucleus that also rotates on its axis, reflecting the other tower. [ES] Situado entre el aeropuerto de Barcelona y la ciudad, el proyecto de las Torres Fira se convierte en el portal de acceso al nuevo recinto ferial de L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Entre sus prioridades destaca el dar respuesta a su entorno y aprovechar la posición estratégica de la parcela entre dos grandes proyectos –Plaza Europa y Fira 2000-, actuando como puerta y puente entre ambos. El edificio de oficinas, de geometría ortogonal, está colocado en posición perpendicular al eje vertebrador de la Plaza Europa, proyectado a 30º respecto de la Gran Vía, se convierte en un final para la plaza y dialoga con el límite situado de forma simétrica al otro lado de la Gran Vía (dos torres ortogonales perpendiculares a este eje). El hotel utiliza un lenguaje similar: el edificio. Con una sutil planta en forma de tallo, va rotando conforme crece y en su parte superior se abre como una flor. El conjunto está compuesto por una torre que gira sobre sí misma, y durante cuyo movimiento saluda a la ciudad, el aeropuerto, la Plaza Europa y a la recinto ferial, siendo su percepción cambiante a medida que se la rodea. Esta percepción se complementa con una segunda torre, que a primera vista es un volumen puro, pero que contiene un núcleo que también gira sobre sí mismo, reflejo de la otra torre.
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    The project is being done in collaboration with the Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Located between Barcelona airport and the city, the Torres Fira project is the gateway to the new Hospitalet de Llobregat trade fair zone. One of the great priorities was to respond to its setting and take advantage of the site’s strategic position between to major projects—Plaça Europa and Fira 2000—acting as a gateway and bridge between them. The office building, orthogonal in shape, located perpendicularly to...

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