Contructed between 2006 and 2010 by Spanish architects EMBA, the Torre Telefonica is an imposing sight in the recently developed Forum area of Barcelona. This whole part of the city is going through a huge facelift, albiet more slowly since the ecomonic downturn hit.
A criss-crossing aluminium exoskeleton encases the glass walls of the gleaming skyscraper. You can pop into the entrance hall, a 40 metre high space, to get a feel for the interior, but to enjoy the second atrium that starts on the 17th floor and goes to the roof or the terrace and double height boardroom on the 23rd floor, you will need to have some major shareholdings or a special friend!
Situated at the end of the Diagonal, with the uber cool 00Diagonal address, the Torre Telefonica is just one of a raft of striking buildings that have gone up in this area. The Museu Blau right next door and the funky Parc Diagonal Mar designed by husband and wife team Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue are both worth a stroll around, especially if architecture flicks your buttons!
It will be interesting to see how this area of Barcelona develops over the next few years and to see if the Torre Telefonica along with the other Diagonal newbie Torre Agbar and beach front Hotel Vela, win the affections of locals and tourists like the Palau de la Musica and the Sagrada Familia do today.