Telecommunications Tower, rising to a height of 136 meters, dominates the
main group of sports facilities on the slopes of the Montjuic in Barcelona;
the site of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.
competition entry for Telefonica, the steel tower is sited immediately next
to the Palau Sant Jordi Arena, designed by Arata Isozaki. The tower not only
became a symbolic focus to the dispersed Olympic complex but also a landmark
for the city.
gently from a three-point foundation, to coincide with the angle of the sun
at solstice, the towerıs feet rest on a brick drum; a requirement of the
competition. The drum base features an articulated door, similar to the one
Calatrava designed for the Ernstings warehouse (1983-85), that opens like an
eye to provide access to telecommunication services. The heel of the tower
is supported on a circular shell of white concrete clad in broken tiles.
structure repeats the fundamental geometry of the base to support an annular
segment that houses the array of antennas. Emphasizing the vertical, a
needle is suspended in the center of the ring.