Skyscraper no.1

15 Sep
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Avinguda de Drassanes

Happy Thursday! Are you having a good week? Today I am going to show you the first skyscraper in Barcelona. We’ll be headed to the bottom end of La Rambla, from where it’s just a few steps to reach the base of this impressive structure…

Constructed in 1970, with striking repetitive angular geometries, so typical of the brutalist architectural movement that was in fashion in Europe in those days, it stands out from its environment even today, after many other skyscrapers have appeared in Barcelona’s skyline.

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Windows

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Portal de Santa Madrona

I am referring to Edifici Colon, 110 meters tall, 28 floors of offices, all rough concrete, glass and metal, which for more than 5 years dominated the view from my windows, and which I love with a passion.

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Decorative frieze

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Portal de Santa Madrona

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Avinguda de Drassanes

Love? You may ask? Yes, indeed, I do. The tower is massive, and doesn’t have the sleek, smooth looks that most newer skyscrapers have. But the nooks and crannies of the rough concrete, and the repetitive decorative elements create a play of shadows, lights and colour that changes at every hour of the day and is quite wonderful to observe.

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Decorative 'balconies'

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Detail

Look at that profusion of lines! It’s almost dizzying!!

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Corner joins

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Recessed

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Carrer de l'Est

My favourite side, and the one I was privy to when I lived just a couple of blocks away from this tower, is the one with the spiral emergency staircase. It is curvy and therefore creates an interesting contrast with the rest of the buildings which is all sharp lines and corners. Gorgeous!

Even today, when I live further away, I can still see Edifici Colon from the top of carrer Doctor Dou, which is just around the corner from the Cute Suite. So if you visit, let me know, and I will be happy to show you!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Spiral staircase

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    […] really like. A lot. The one above, is not far from Torre Colon, which I posted about some weeks ago here, and is also from the time when Brutalist Architecture was hot. I love the use of those panels of […]

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