Designed by the Korean architect Toyo Ito and b720 Arquitectos, lead by Fermin Vázquez, the uniqueness of the large architectural project proposed has as one of its priorities to respond to the environment and exploit its strategic position. Located
between the airport and the city of Barcelona, the Porta Fira Towers intend to become the gateway to l'Hospitalet de Llobregat and the city of Barcelona.
The project consists of two towers that perform a subtle dialogue between them. The first, the hotel (PB +25), is designed to turn on itself changing its perception as it is surrounded. Its skin, a skin made from a system of red metal tubes placed diagonal,
twisting its aggravated even more. This perception is complemented by the second tower, which will house offices (PB+22). A pure volume at the first sight, with a glass curtain wall, but the core of which also turns red on itself, becoming, in this way, a
reflection of the hotel tower. Between the two towers, and connecting it, there is a common atrium.
Its unique appearance, along with its 110 meters in height and the total gross floor area of 80,108 m2 of the two towers, turned the project into one of the new milestones in the new Plaza Europa, in the town of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat and a clear reference in the Barcelona’s skyline.
Toyo Ito (ITO AA)
Fermín Vázquez - b720 Arquitectos
ITO AA Team:
Toyo Ito, Takeo Higashi, Florian Busch, Yuichi Yokokawa, Andrew Barrie, Taku
Adachi, You Hama( Takenaka corpotation), Shuichi Kobari, Keisuke Sawamura,
Atsushi Ito, Wataru Fujie, Nils Becker
b720 arquitectos Team:
Competition: Fermín Vázquez, Alexa Plasencia, Gustavo Sapiña, Pietro Peyron
Project: Fermín Vázquez, Alexa Plasencia, Amparo Casaní, Ana Caffaro, Andrea
Rodríguez, Cristina Algás, Daniel Valdés, Eduardo Calcerrada, Eike Grossmann,
Gaëlle Lauxerrois, Gemma Ojea, Helia Pires, Ileana García, Joao Cegonho, Laia
Isern, Leonardo Novelo, Magdalena Ostornol, Mirko Usai, Nicolás Perfumo, Nikki
Ross, Peco Mulet, Pietro Peyron, Tosca Salinas, Valeria Merola
Dirección de obra: Fermín Vázquez, Cristina Algás, Alexa Plasencia, Ana Caffaro,
Anaïs Blanc, Andrea Rodríguez, Carolina Ferrer, Daniel Valdés, Eike Grossmann,
Giusy Otonelly, Ivan Arellano, Joao Miguel, Laia Isern, Magdalena Ostornol, Mirko
Structural Engineer: IDOM Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A.
Services Engineer: JG Asociados
Quantity Surveyor: Bardají Capdevila Management Barcelona S.L. (BCMB)
Offices building project manager: Layetana Inmobiliaria S.L.
Hotel building project manager: Layetana Inmobiliaria S.L., Bardají Capdevila Management Barcelona S.L. (BCMB)
Architecture consultant: Albert Danés
Structural engineer consultant: Luis Viñuela
Services consultant: Fernando Serafini
Façade consultant: Estudio Marshall y Asociados (fase proyecto) + Ferrés Arquitectos (fase dirección de obra)
General Contractor: F.C.C. Construcción, S.A.
OCT: Socotec Iberia
Quality control: APPLUS
Safety and health: ATISAE
3D Images: ITO AA, b720 Arquitectos