Iberdrola Tower and Adjacent Housing
“Simple, elegant, ecological and sustainable” is how Argentine architect Cesar PELLI defines his latest project, “The Tower”, deemed to be a new architectural icon in Bilbao. The imposing skyscraper is now the headquarters of the Iberdorla electric company of Basque origin. Making his fame in other high altitude construction feats such as the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, Mr PELLI now brings his expertise to Bilbao.
With construction beginning in 2007, and completion for 2011, the 41 storey Iberdrola Tower has a total area of 500,000 sq. m. and measures 165 metres high. The residential buildings around it were designed by architect Carlos FERRATER (photo Joan Guillamat), with double-glazed ecological glass will offer greater energy efficiency and protection to the interior. A hotel was originally planned to be housed in the upper floors, however, that idea had to be cancelled due to the economic downturn.
Iberdrola’s decision to move one of their headquarters to Bilbao has been a major one for the city and the local economy. This follows the electric company’s plan to locate their work places in emblematic buildings in strategic areas of growing cities. View the article about Torre Iberdrola clicking here.