the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Mixed Use Architecture
  4. Spain
  5. EMBA
  6. 2011
  7. Torre Diagonal Zero Zero / EMBA

Torre Diagonal Zero Zero / EMBA

  • 01:00 - 9 July, 2011
Torre Diagonal Zero Zero / EMBA
Torre Diagonal Zero Zero / EMBA, © Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse
© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse

© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse © Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse © Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse © Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse + 16

Text description provided by the architects. The position of Diagonal ZeroZero Tower is exceptional: it is located at the origin of Diagonal, Barcelona's main avenue; it is very visible from the city and from the coast; and it lays on the border between the consolidated city and the large expanses of public space in the Forum area. Its immediate surroundings consist of isolated buildings in a diverse context of different scales and uses that generate at the same time a metropolitan center and a local neighborhood still in formation.

section
section

It is a contextual tower that has a double reading, from near and afar, in response to the two scales that such tall buildings must address. Taking the urban directions that form the perimeter of the plot as generators of its form, it is a trapezoidal prism, sharp and stylized, a clean and serene form, whitish and light, which reveals dynamic volumes that respond to the different specificities of the interior program and relate to the various heights of nearby buildings. The exterior responds to the city and the view from afar, and the interior responds to the program and the close-up vision.

© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse
© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse

The corporate program that the tower hosts has a major public part that will connect it to urban flows, situated on the ground floor, which actually comprises three interrelated levels, around an atrium 40 meter high that follows the slope of the adjacent Plaça Fòrum. This direct visual and physical continuity with the city will help the tower benefit from civic activities and will facilitate citizens to participate and enjoy the activities in the building.

© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse
© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse

Inside the tower four singular points make the ensemble dynamic and generate a variety of interior experiences despite being a relatively conventional program of corporate headquarters: the main lobby atrium, facing Diagonal; an atrium on the 17th level that goes all the way up to the top of the building, facing the Maresme coast; the terrace and the double height the Board Room, located on the 23rd floor; and the auditorium, which occupies two floors and is split into an orchestra and two amphitheaters that can operate autonomously for smaller groups.

© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse
© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse

The upper floors are open-plan office spaces, taking advantage of the structural system, a tube-in-tube scheme, with a bearing central core and a perimeter structure along the façade. The perimeter structure is split into two parts: very small and slender vertical interior pillars that only take compression stresses, and external elements that bear horizontal forces and torque. These create a diamond lattice facade that follows the stresses of each part of the building, with the greatest concentration of bearing elements in the lower half and less so in the upper parts.

© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse
© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse

The floors are solid concrete slabs that transmit these horizontal forces to the central core. The facade is a modular curtain wall made of white aluminum profiles and extratransparent glass with white ceramic paint serigraphy, according to a vertical pattern that reinforces the slenderness of the building. In combination with the inner structure, placed every 1.35 meters, and the exterior structure, this pattern contributes to the diffusion of solar light and to glare control, generating interiors of great quality of perception.

© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse
© Pedro Antonio Pérez & mylapse

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
EMBA
Office
Cite: "Torre Diagonal Zero Zero / EMBA" 09 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/148680/torre-diagonal-zero-zero-emba/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments