Everybody who has visited Barcelona might know the big colorful building near to Barcelona's beach which is called Torre Agbar. The word ´Agbar´ is a neologism and is derived from Aguas de Barcelona. In Catalan they call it Aigües de Barcelona. Aguas de Barcelona are waterworks and they are nowadays part of the Grupo Agbar. The environment of Torre Agbar symbolizes water.
The tower has to represent a kind of water fountain that constantly changes their appearance. Depending on the light, the tower changes its colors. This is arranged by 40 different colors spots, which differently reflect their lights. This amazing effect is reinforced by thousands of glass plates prior to the actual facade. These lamellae are actually sunscreens and are aligned to achieve the highest possible reflection of solar energy. In addition, the lamellae create natural ventilation in the building.
Torre Agbar was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel in cooperation with Barceloner B720, an architectural firm. Nouvel was inspired by the organic forms, which came from Antoni Gaudi, and by the mountains of Montserrat. Finally Torre Agbar has to present a geyser that touches Barcelona's sky.
Currently, Torre Agbar is the highest attraction and building in Barcelona. Only the Sagrada Familia will be higher one day, which is stated by the building codes that ensure that the Sagrada Familia will be the tallest building in Barcelona at all times.
Illumination of Torre Agbar
Very impressive and amazing to see is the illuminated Tower at night. During the lightings, the 4.500 panels permanently change their colors. The view is amazing and from any point in the city you can see the immense building. The spectacle is available as followed:Winter times: Fr, Sa, Su: 20:00 - 23:00 Summer times: Fr, Sa, Su: 21:00 – 24:00
Unfortunately it is not possible to visit Torre Agbar from inside and to see the amazing view of Barcelona from above, since it is not intended for public visitors. But anyway, even if it cannot be visited it still remains a great attraction for any visitor who comes to Barcelona. If you come to Barcelona at New Year, you can watch the amazing dancing lights on the building to welcome the new year, simulating the 12 bells of the end of the year "a typical Spanish tradition”.