Architects: Vardastudio Architects & Designers
Location: Emba, Paphos, Cyprus
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Christos Papantoniou
International LEAF Awards 2011: Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower designated Best Commercial Building of the Year
Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower in Barcelona, designed by the architect Enric Massip-Bosch_EMBA and developed by Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, has been awarded the LEAF PRIZE 2011 for Best Commercial Building of the Year. LEAF AWARDS are one of the most prestigious international yearly architecture prizes. The best practices around the world compete in the different categories of these coveted awards with their most significant projects. Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower has been chosen as the best commercial building of the year among a selected group of shortlisted international projects. Developed by Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona, the tower hosts since January this year the headquarters of Telefonica Group in Catalonia and its R+D Center, a world leader in multimedia and internet research, reflecting the multinational’s focus on innovation. Diagonal 00 Telefonica Tower is a 86 million Euro investment by Consorci de la Zona Franca and is a clear example of Consorci’s and Telefonica’s decided goal towards architectonic and technological excellence. The building hosts in it’s 24 floors the corporate activity of the multinational in Catalonia and has a 350 seats lecture hall . It is also the first such corporate building to be opened to the public, since it has a permanent showroom on the ground floor open to the public in which the latest advances in technology are displayed.
This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Barcelona. We recently featured an engaging video where Wiel Arets half jokingly said Barcelona is fantastic but boring. He continued to say as soon as Sagrada Família is finished Barcelona is done; there is nothing left to do there (10:50). Arets can say what he wants about Barcelona supposedly being boring, but our city guide doesn’t reflect this. Barcelona is filled with fantastically expressive architecture that springs from its proud Catalan culture. It was impossible to feature all our readers suggestions in the first go around, and we did not even come close to including some of the most iconic building such as Casa Milà. Thus we are looking to add to our list of 24 in the near future. Further more there are so many fabulous buildings on the drawing board or under construction, i.e. the projects in the @22 district, we’ll most likely be updating this city guide for quite awhile, regardless of Sagrada Família’s completion. Take a look at our list with the knowledge it is far complete and add to it in the comment section below. The Architecture City Guide: Barcelona list and corresponding map after the break.