Mixed-Use Tower. Algeciras.



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    The building is situated in the bay of Algeciras. It is designed as a part of a complex where there is also a shopping center in the base. The relationship between the tower and the shopping center is based on the low volumetry of the shopping center, which is adapted to the urban perspective and is highly permeable on the ground floor. That allows the pedestrian crossings at street level to continue, to join and approach the upper part of the city – Plaza de la Constitución – all the way to the promenade and the sea. The fragmented distribution of volumes of the shopping center is well adapted to the urban structure and it highlights the silhouette of the new building.

    The tower is defined by a classical layout of a square floor plan, with a central structural core and vertical communications. It is displaced from the center to to gain enough space and area for the better views of the port and the sea.

    Containers made of steel and glass have changing chromatic values. Contours of deep grays and greens color the glass. The blinds of prefabricated sandwich panels are covered in stainless steel in color or an aged copper finish with changing shades.

    The distribution of the program of the buildings follows a logical order. On the lower floors there are the contents for the greater amount of people. The ground floor is commercial, offices are up to the 10th floor and apartments are on the upper floors. The last floor is used as a restaurant, an assembly hall and a cafe.

    Key Facts

    Mixed Use Tower in Algeciras Bay. Cádiz. 1999

    Architects: Olalquiaga Arquitectos
    Location: Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain
    Purpose: Housing, Shopping Mall, Offices
    Built area: 20.000,00 m2
    Budget: 20.000.000,00 €
    Structural Engineer Javier Rui Wamba, Ingeniero de Caminos. ESTEYCO
    Mechanical Engineer: JG Ingenieros
    Models: Estudio
    Collaborator: Alvaro Moreno Hernández, Ana Espinosa García-Valdecasas, Santigo de Molina Rodriguez

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