Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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Torre Emperador Castellana (originally Torre Espacio)

An exceptionally privileged site on Madrid’s most important avenue called for a building that would represent the client’s identity and serve its tenants’ needs while engaging the city of which it is a part.

To address these goals, the tower includes 43 typical office floors, two corporate floors at the top of the tower, three floors of commercial space at the base of the building, and six levels of underground parking. Occupying a significant site within the new CBD, the design explores the potential of nonorthogonal geometries, deployed in both plan and section, to engender an unprecedented tower form.

SITE: Lot 4 of the Plan Parcial de Reforma Interior “Ciudad Deportiva del Real Madrid”

COMPONENTS: 120,000 m2 / 1,290,000 ft2 gross area; offices, lobby, three floors of commercial space at the base of the tower, underground parking

CLIENT: Torre Espacio Castellana S. A. Grupo Villar Mir

PCF&P SERVICES: Architecture, exterior envelope, interior design of public spaces

BREEAM In-Use Excellent


Design Awards: Citation
American Institute of Architects, New York State Chapter, 2013

Best Commercial High-Rise Europe
International Property Awards, 2015

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Status: Built
Location: Madrid, Spain
Firm Role: Design Architectural Firm
Additional Credits: Associate Architect: Reid Fenwick Associados, Madrid
Structural: MC-2 Estudio de Ingenieria, Madrid
HVAC: Promec, Madrid
Mechanical: R. Urculo Ingenieros Consultores, Madrid
Images: Fernando Guerra, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners