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A real Towering inferno

31 October 2011 No Comment

Reaching 113 metres into this air, this raging red, towering inferno certainly gives visitors a very warm welcome to the cities of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and Barcelona.

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Setting the architectural world on fire 

Designed as a gateway along with its sister office high-rise, Porta Fira Hotel in Spain is an award-winning scarlet landmark on the Barcelona skyline.

Voted the Best New Skyscraper in the world

Its bold design has certainly set the architectural world on fire. As many as 65 experts in architecture, environmentalism and design voted it the Best New Skyscraper in the world last year from a shortlist of over 300 other towers across the globe.

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By crowning it the winner of the prestigious Emporis Skyscraper Award – one of the highest prizes which can be bestowed in the world of high-rise architecture which is given to buildings which show outstanding architectural design and functionality.

Stretches skywards like a giant flickering flame

Designed by Japanese architects Toyo Ito & Associates and the Spanish firm b720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, Porta Fira Hotel stretches skywards like a giant flickering flame. In a feat of engineering, the building’s ‘twist’ design – which widens towards the top – is made from a series of bright red aluminium tubes which run vertically around the entire structure, from the ground upwards.

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Far from it being a static, rigid structure, the unique texture of the building is designed to be fluid and organic in nature. Each of the ends of the individual tubes are attached to ball-and-socket joints, allowing movement.

Dramatic façade and shape

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This dramatic façade and shape could mean it’s a brazen blot on the horizon. Especially since it’s not only the most vivid but also the tallest skyscraper in L’Hospitalet. Yet it somehow manages to integrate into its urban environment.

The Plaza de Europa where Hotel Porta Fira sits is a new, major economic centre for the city, and this hotel has certainly put it on the global map.

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