Torre de Cristal

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Height: Architectural 249 m / 817 ft
Height: Occupied 210.7 m / 691 ft
Height: To Tip 250 m / 820 ft
Floors Above Ground 50
Floors Below Ground 6
Tower GFA 59,827 m² / 643,972 ft²
# of Parking Spaces 1,200


Official Name Torre de Cristal
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Spain
City Madrid
Street Address & Map Paseo de la Castellana 259C
Postal Code 28046
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Construction Start 2004
Completion 2008
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Regional Ranking #20 Tallest in Europe
National Ranking #1 Tallest in Spain
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Madrid

Companies Involved

Design Cesar Pelli & Associates
Main Contractor Grupo ACS
Other Consultant
• Environmental neabranding
Façade Envolventes Arquitectonicas - ENAR; Permasteelisa Group
• Way Finding neabranding
Material Supplier
• Construction Hoists Alimak Hek
• Sealants Sika Services AG
• Steel ArcelorMittal

About Torre de Cristal

Torre de Cristal is one of four new towers developed as part of the Ciudad Deportiva development in Madrid. The design of the Torre de Cristal is intended to express the optimism and dynamism of the new Madrid. The tower seems to arise from the Earth with great force and aim towards the sky accentuating its verticality. The eye is drawn from the base to the top, which is completed with sloping facets in reverence towards the sky. Due to the differing angles of these facets, some will reflect the light of the sky more strongly than others, giving great life and movement to the total form.

The winter garden, at the top of the tower, will also communicate the message of the ecological aspirations and sustainability of the building. At night the winter garden will become a source of light and attraction that will be visible all along the Paseo de la Castellana and from the northern areas of Madrid.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper


MFREE-S Closed Cavity Façade: Cost- Effective, Clean, Environmental
19 Sep 2012 – Henk de Bleecker, Group R&D Manager, Permasteelisa Group

Research Papers

Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II

An Aesthetics of Sustainability
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 New York Conference

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