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Bankia Tower


The Bankia Tower (Torre Bankia), formerly known as the Caja Madrid Tower until 2013, is an incredible piece of work being the largest of the  four buildings in the Cuatro Torres Business (CTB) Area of Madrid, at 250 Meters high (820ft); it's the tallest building of all Madrid and Spain.

The building, which has 45 floors, was built for Caja Madrid which was the oldest of the Spanish savings banks, founded in the 3rd of December 1702 initially as the Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Madrid, the Caja Madrid bank is now known as Bankia.

caja-madrid1 mf17 14The site where the building now stands was the former training ground of Real Madrid football team, initially known as the Madrid Arena, on the broad, tree lined Paseo de la Castellana, about 1 Kilometer from the Plaza de Castilla, the Paseo de la Castellana is the main artery boulevard of Madrid running from the North entrance of Madrid to the heart of Madrid City itself.


The tower was built By Foster and Partners along with co–architects Gonzalo Martínez-Pita Copello and was completed in 2008, the structure can be thought of as an arch, made of two external reinforced concrete cores. Each core contains seven elevators, stairways and service area, leaving the internal space area free for large open office areas, a strategy first used in the design of the Hong Kong Bank, the roof space of the tower hosts an empty space area, designed to hold wind turbines, depending on the viability and feasibility at some time in the future. This degree of flexibility in moving the service areas to the edges of the building was first used in the design of the Hong Kong Bank building and creates uninterrupted 1200 square-meter floor areas. The building is vertically circulated from the sides, saving space as a result of a smart lift system that requires fewer lifts than conventional building structures. The Bankia Tower is strategically positioned so as to block west/east direct sunlight, with spectacular views of the hills of Sierra de Guadarrama to the north and the center of Madrid to the south.

Sir Norman Foster, the renowned English architect and Pritzker Prize winner, which is considered to be equivalent to architecture's Nobel and the profession's highest honor, is the founder and chairman of Foster + Partners. Formed in London in 1967, it is now a worldwide practice, with project offices in more than twenty countries. In 1990 Norman Foster was granted a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honors and in 1999 was honored with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.


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