Zero Zero

7 Nov
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Diagonal Zero Zero

Happy Monday! After a rain-drenched weekend (here, in Barcelona at least) I thought a bit of blue sky is the right way to kick off the week. I’m going to show you a skyscraper that is a recent addition to Barcelona’s skyline, and which can be found at the beginning of Avinguda Diagonal, right by the sea, next to Plaça Fòrum, where my Barcelona adventures started almost 8 years ago.

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Sharp edge

This slender white tower, about which you can read a good many details here, is quite something to behold. It has a very sharp corner on the intersection of Rambla Prim and Avinguda Diagonal, which according to Feng Shui is not beneficial to its neighbours opposite, but is certainly a very striking feature.

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X factor

The tower is known both as Torre Telefónica (after its main occupants) and Diagonal Zero Zero, and was designed by local architects EMBA.

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Line play

White aluminium slats cover the façade in a play of lines that meet, diverge and cross one another at various points along its 4 sides, creating interesting, dynamic shapes, such as the next photographs show…

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Meeting points

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Criss cross

The aluminium slats certainly create an interesting lattice work, don’t they?

Another interesting element, is the extratransparent glass with white ceramic paint serigraphy in a dot pattern, which creates subtle vertical lines and shields those inside from the glare of the sun.

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The only touch of colour onthis elegant tower, are the fire hydrants found to one side, and the red dots on some of the window panes, which indicate points of entry for the fire department.

It was fun to be back in the area where I worked almost 8 years ago, and which at the time marked the start of a new era for an area that was subject to urban renewal. The area has certainly changed a fair bit since then, with interesting additions to its collection of impressive buildings. I’ll show you more soon. Have a great week!

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Red on tap


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