Porta Fira Towers

Site
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (España)
Client
Hoteles Santos / FCC
Gross Area
34.688 m²
Date
2004 - 2010
Status
Built
Collaborator
Toyo Ito & Associates Architects

PHOtos

The project is being done in collaboration with the Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Located between Barcelona airport and the city, the Torres Fira project is the gateway to the new Hospitalet de Llobregat trade fair zone.
One of the great priorities was to respond to its setting and take advantage of the site’s strategic position between to major projects—Plaça Europa and Fira 2000—acting as a gateway and bridge between them. The office building, orthogonal in shape, located perpendicularly to the Plaça Europa axis and laid out at 30º with respect to Gran Via, becomes a termination for the square and dialogues with the other side of Gran Vía, where there are two orthogonal towers perpendicular to this axis. The hotel uses a similar language: the building. Its subtle trefoil ground-plan is gradually rotated with increasing height and opens up like a flower at the top.
The tower turns on its own axis, greeting as it does so the city, the airport, the Plaça Europa and the trade fair site, the viewer’s perception of it constantly changing as it does so. This perception is complemented by a second tower, which at first sight is a simple volume, but which contains a nucleus that also rotates on its axis, reflecting the other tower.

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