Coordinates: 40 ° 28'41 "N 3 ° 41'14" W
Crystal Tower is the second tallest building in Spain, behind Torre Caja Madrid. At an altitude of 249 meters in 52 floors. Construction began in 2004 and was completed on December 4, 2009. The facades are covered with glass and only the top level, the variation of the plant generates changes in the four planes of the facade that gives the building the appearance of cut glass. The building is located in the Madrid district of Fuencarral-El Pardo, the skyscraper complex Cuatro Torres Business Area. The first floor of Crystal Tower is 10 meters high and at the top of the tower is a vertical garden covered winter. The tower was designed by architect Cesar Pelli. The project also included the architects Inigo Ortiz and Enrique Leon. The building is used entirely to office space.
To build the core of the Torre de Cristal, we used three versions of the modular ACS. There were no problems in arranging the ACS console (R = Regular), ACS P (P = platform) and ACS G (G = Gallows) that might work in parallel ensuring optimal work procedures. The set of 1150 m² VARIO wall formwork, including concrete pump, was distributed in ten separate console units. According to the building won in height, the thickness of the core walls was reduced from 120 cm to 70 cm. Special adapters can perform the climbing saving changes in the thickness of the walls.
Torre de Cristal. One of the main attractions of this building is the vertical garden is 250 meters high, with a total area of 600 square meters and over 24 000 plants.
In the initial project, the building also had a kind of beacon placed in the top, designed to illuminate the garden and also make the skyscraper visible from many parts of the city. However, the Consistory demurred to the initiative. Apparently, according to sources pointed to the insurance company, the Consistory was afraid that the "lighthouse" tower could interfere with air safety in the capital. Mutua Madrilena understood at the time the observation of the computer hall and decided to remove it from your project.
The structure of the Torre reminded Egyptian obelisks, although in this case, carved on a large block of clear crystal, whose faces capture the light from heaven "like a cut diamond." The variety of angles that define each of the sides gives life and movement to the tower through the different intensity of light that they reflect all day.
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batalay (35611) 2011-05-28 8:29
The (almost) symmetric vantage point and the facade of the building directly reflecting sky creates a memorable view. The colors are dramatic in their contrast.
vogon (11) 2011-05-28 8:35
Great idea to use the reflection on the face of the building. It helps that the reflections on the sides of it have a different tone to the one in the middle.
JFS (32459) 2011-05-28 8:49
Una de las que me gustan a mi, architectura moderna y bella, reflejos de cielo azul con nubes blancas...me encanta! Las cuatro torres son impresionantes pero probablemente esta es la más "limpia" la más minimalista, no?
jemaflor (84777) 2011-05-28 8:58
Good angle and very interesting result with all these clouds, in the sky and in the building reflections.
cornejo (31579) 2011-05-28 9:27
Hola Manuel, una buena composiciòn, muy bien vista y ejecutada, un excelente trabajo, felicitaciones, buena tarde y feliz domingo, saludos.
Sonata11 (33251) 2011-05-28 9:33
a very interesting composition of this modern building.
Woderful management of light and colors, fantastic POV. Great reflection of sky . Amazing shot. Well done.
All the best and have a nice WE,
mesutilgim (84442) 2011-05-28 9:36
Amazing capture of this interesting building.
Very nice and photogenig effect created by the reflections of the cloudy sky on the buildings glass surface. Nice framing and very good and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
rigoletto (34255) 2011-05-28 10:24
This modern monolith shreds the clouds like a silver dagger. I like the sharpness of the geometry and the quality of the pixels. The mid part with reflected clouds adds an interesting dimension.
magalik (6103) 2011-05-28 11:10
El tiempo ideal para tomar esta foto.
Un edificio camaleon y un arquitecto inteligente.
Una foto de bonita calidad, muy bien encuadrada, muy agradable a mirar.
Have a good WE Manu.
Peterl (82) 2011-05-28 11:24
nice view on this architectural building.
The clouds and the refelction in the building are great
COSTANTINO (55564) 2011-05-28 11:27
the success in this shot is the cloudy sky
the clouds look to pass through the tower
great idea the use of the reflection
on the tower,wonderful management of
colors and lights
have a pleasant night
bergese (6699) 2011-05-28 11:44
Des conditions idéales pour réaliser une belle image.
Bonne soirée Isabelle
PaulVDV (22161) 2011-05-28 12:16
No complicated shapes at this modern building but architecturally it's certainly something special. You presented it very well and used cleverly the clouds in the sky. They really reflect everywhere on the building.
Best regards, Paul
fabianoleite (9551) 2011-05-28 13:14
Great work. The angle makes the height of the buildings impressive, added by the clouds and their reflections. Amazing work, I like it, congratulations and have a nice weekend!
francio64 (38276) 2011-05-28 13:48
molto bello questo edificio e il grafismo che da esso sei riuscito ad ottenere.
Le nuvole sembrano avvolgerlo, accentuando l'effetto con la loro riflessione.
Ciccino l'Assessore Internazionale :-))
macjake (56656) 2011-05-28 16:12
I knew Juan would like this one too!
this is our style of subject!
I've said it before, but i must make it to Spain and Madrid one day...there seems to be many great cityscape shots.
love the tall glass building with the reflective properties.
love how it seem tall and powerful. great shot
paura (47166) 2011-05-28 18:06
Arquitetura lindíssima e excelente fotografia para mostrá-la. Finos ajustes de exposição e momento de iluminação muito oportuno contribuiram também para esse excelente trabalho fotográfico.
BluSimo (9392) 2011-05-28 22:17
splendido l'effetto dei riflessi sulle pareti che fanno apparire l'edificio avvolto dalla nebbia. i colori sono bellissimi, complimenti!
buona domenica e un saluto
jjcordier (76416) 2011-05-28 23:27
Magnifique photo! Ces nuages se mêlent à leur reflet sur cette superbe façade moderne dans cette belle et originale composition.
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-05-29 0:41
Hi Manuel,Super photo here of this fantastic building, the way you have captured it with the cloud reflection's is great,Have a nice Sunday, Cheers Iain.
annjackman (19657) 2011-05-29 1:02
The limited range of colour and the shiny angular building makes a bold composition. The clouds and reflected clouds give a wonderful feeling of being in the sky. Great crop and framing.
Kind Regards, Ann
peppe59 (14551) 2011-05-29 2:36
molto bella questa immagine per riflessi e tecnica, la qualità è eccellente.
ottimo lavoro e buona domenica
SnapRJW (31201) 2011-05-29 5:14
Hi Manuel - A magnificent "sky" image. I feel as if I can "see" the continuation of the sky through the central panel of the building - superb reflections. Simple but stunning. Well managed throughout. Best wishes Rosemary
amaryllis (34845) 2011-05-29 5:20
bravo pour cette photo de cette tour de cristal avec les nuages et reflets de ceux-ci
un bon coup d'oeil
timecapturer (48840) 2011-05-29 5:23
a stunning shot and POV. So well observed and executed, it is such a beautiful image. The symmetry is so captivating and it stands out so perfectly against the wonderful sky. An impressive presentation of high quality. Well done!
Enjoy Sunday - Brian
npecanhuk (65594) 2011-05-29 6:07
We have posted similar pictures!
I really love yours! Special regards to the exposure, colors, contrasts and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Um ótimo domingo prá ti (have a great sunday),
sabermonajati (9549) 2011-05-29 7:58
excellent angle you captured from building.
siudzi (33627) 2011-05-29 8:29
A very unique and creative shot of this wonderful modern architecture. Great idea to use cloudy sky reflection on the glass facade. Also, the point of view is absolutely perfect to present its beauty. Well done. Many thanks for sharing!
vasilpro (40933) 2011-05-29 14:56
Superb shot, excellent POV and perspective, interesting architecture, beautiful atmosphere, great graphic sense, lovely light, colors and reflections, TFS!
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
Rafer (15307) 2011-05-30 2:27
Impresionante y futurista!! Eh??? Saludos Manu..
CLODO (30256) 2011-05-30 4:00
it seems that the clouds are entering and going through this glass tower.
Atousa (7131) 2011-06-05 5:54
Very nice observation.. It is really great to see the clouds almost everywhere in this shot.. wonderful lines too.. well seen n captured.. tfs
Best regards, Atousa
sevy (15363) 2011-06-08 5:11
Nice futurist view where it is difficult to make the difference between the cloudy sky adn the tower. It makes me think about the last movie Tron.
- Copyright: Manuel Mayorga (ManuMay) (34711)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-03-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Architecture
- Camera: Fujifilm S6500fd, FujiFilm xD Card 2GB, Kenko Circular Polariser 58mm
- Exposure: f/3.4, 1/340 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Blues & Blues, Madrid, Your favorites!! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-28 8:14
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