Following the idea of creating a city brand with its own identity, Barcelona has signed up the first work with the iconic Spiralling Tower, made by the architect Zaha Hadid.
The unique building will become the architectural door to Besòs Interuniversity Campus.
The new building joins urbanistically the area where the forum of Inter-University Campus Besòs was held in 2004.
The avant-garde architecture of Zaha Hadid takes on the complexity of the integration of very different activities in one space. An overlay of volumes that resembles a stack of books is the unique way of building the Spiralling Tower.
Hadid designed the building, considering the motion of a spiral. This original architectural configuration also offers many open areas such as courtyards, terraces and it helps to maximize the flow of natural light in all areas.
The Spiralling Tower is the functional binding of University and office space in one, creating a bridge between education, research and business, encouraging fresh opportunities for interaction between different types of users through new public spaces, the courtyard and the atrium.
The new building will house the headquarters of the campus, as well as offices for scientific and technological development, creation and communication activities, studies, workshops and engineering spaces. The university buildings are located on the lower floors and offices will occupy highest levels.
The Spiralling Tower project involves the construction over a space that covers 27,650 m², 14,135 m2 will be allocated to office use, 2,500 m² for teaching purposes of Besòs Inter-University Campus, 1,015 m² for commercial use, 1,000 m² for exhibition zones and 7,000 m² for parking.
Due to the large overhangs and dynamic composition of volumes, the building’s structural system consists of steel with forged metal. Underground construction will be done with reinforced concrete.
The tower, which will be built with steel and concrete, have an outer layer of double-glazed curtain wall with spaces interspersed with aluminum panels to maximize the flow of the natural light and allow breathtaking views to the sea.