Search filter
Tags
Tags
Back

FCC wins emporis Skyscraper Award for Porta Fira Hotel

02/08/2011

FCC wins emporis Skyscraper Award for Porta Fira Hotel

FCC has been granted the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2010 for the Porta Fira Hotel in Barcelona. The hotel came first in a field of some 300 skyscrapers from around the world.

The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the world's most renowned prize for high-rise architecture. The decision is made by a jury of experts in architecture from 67 countries. Previous winners include architects of the calibre of Santiago Calatrava, for Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden, and Norman Foster, for 30 St Mary Axe in London, UK.

FCC wins emporis Skyscraper Award for Porta Fira Hotel

According to the members of the Emporis Skyscraper jury, this year they tapped the Barcelona building for its exquisite aesthetics and integration with the surroundings, which contrasts with the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, which took second place in this year's awards.

The Porta Fira Hotel is the work of Japanese architects Toyo Ito & Associates and the Spanish firm b720 Arquitectos, headed by Fermín Vázquez. The hotel, which is 113 metres high and has 26 stories, is located in one of Barcelona's busiest areas. Porta Fira belongs to the Hoteles Santos chain, which also owns several other landmark hotels.

According to Fermín Vázquez, the greatest challenge in designing the tower was its shape: the unique façade is comprised of aluminium tubular structures which run vertically around the entire exterior, from the ground to the crown. The hotel is visible from far away due to its striking red colour, and its tube-like structure widens as it rises. b720 Arquitectos also designed the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, which placed second in the Emporis Skyscraper Awards in 2004.

Diagonal ZeroZero Tower ranks ninth

In addition to the Porta Fira Hotel, another FCC project was ranked in this year's Emporis Skyscraper Awards. The Citizen Services Group's Diagonal ZeroZero Tower in Barcelona took ninth place. The tower, which was designed by EMBA (Estudi Massip-Bosch Arquitectes), is home to Telefónica's headquarters in Barcelona.

This rhomboid-shaped skyscraper, which is 110 metres tall and has 23 floors, has received other distinctions, including the Quatrium Prize for architecture in 2010.
The top skyscrapers of 2010 include buildings from all over the world; however, according to Matthew Keutenius, architectural expert at Emporis and chairman of the Skyscraper Awards jury, the Mediterranean Basin is now a focal point for world-leading architecture.

Best skyscrapers worldwide, according to Emporis Skyscraper:

Ranking

Building

City

Floors

Height (m)

Photo

1

Hotel Porta Fira

Barcelona

26

113

see photo

2

Burj Khalifa

Dubai

163

828

see photo

3

Tour CMA CGM

Marseille

33

143

see photo

4

The Pano

Bangkok

55

203

see photo

5

Capital Gate

Abu Dhabi

35

160

see photo

6

The Legacy at Millennium Park

Chicago

73

250

see photo

7

Strata

London

43

148

see photo

8

Capital City

Moscow

76

302

see photo

9

Diagonal ZeroZero Tower

Barcelona

25

110

see photo

10

International Commerce Centre

Hong Kong

108

484

see photo

11

Goldman Sachs Headquarters

New York

44

228

see photo

Images