Torre Agbar is Barcelona’s most modern skyscraper. Situated directly on the city’s largest roundabout, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Torre Agbar has quickly become one of the icons of modern Barcelona.
In the area around the plaza, the new technological district is just being constructed.
Mainly before its inauguration by King Juan Carlos of Spain in 2005, Torre Agbar has caused dispute for its extraordinary design. The French architect Jean Nouvel developed a concrete construction that is covered by a glass façade that is illuminated at night.
Torre Agbar’s shape with the round top resembles the rock formation of Montserrat, close to Barcelona. But the most outstanding element is its façade that creates a magic gleam with its more than one million LEDs.
The software behind the façade of Torre Agbar allows it to display any colour the human eye can see. Since the LEDs can quickly change their colours they sometimes create an effect of a moving façade.
With an altitude of 144 metres, the 38-story tower currently is the third-tallest building in Barcelona. Today even most critics agree that Torre Agbar deserves its place among the architectural icons of Barcelona.
How to get to Torre Agbar?
From the centre at Placa Catalunya take the red metro line L1 to Glories.