Torre Iberdrola wins award from AIA Connecticut

Torre Iberdrola wins award from AIA Connecticut

Torre Iberdrola wins award from AIA Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 11, 2013) —Calling Torre Iberdrola “confident” and “elegant”, a jury at AIA Connecticut awarded the tower a 2013 Merit Award.

Torre Iberdrola is the headquarters of Spain’s largest energy group and the vertical focal point of Bilbao’s Anbandoibarra district, for which Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects collaborated on the master plan. In its comments, the awards jury called the building an example of “the comfort level between high and low rise buildings” in Europe: “Bilbao is not afraid to put a high rise building in an 18th century fabric.”

The 41-story tower anchors the new Plaza de Euskadi, near the point where one of the city’s most important avenues crosses the Nervión River. The tower’s graceful triangular form is derived from three segments of a cylinder tilted gently toward one another. In plan, the shape resembles a chevron, but with one shorter side. The two longer sides form a prow that points down the diagonal Elkano Avenue into the city, a gesture that is amplified by a sculptural glass-and-steel base.

The jury also noted the building’s base, “with its interest and energy, and its relationship with the historic buildings around it and with the sleek, elegant tower.”

Torre Iberdrola is also the first tower in Europe to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating in sustainable design.

The AIA Connecticut Design Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Connecticut architects and the excellence of Connecticut architectural projects. The award will be presented on Dec. 2.

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