Torre Sevilla

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Seville, Spain
1.9 million square feet / 173,000 square meters

Located on the site of the 1992 World’s Fair in Seville, the development consists of a 37- story, multi- tenant office and hotel tower combined with a 4- story podium containing retail space. The tower creates a new urban skyline. It is harmonious with important Seville landmarks and engages in a dialog with La Giralda, the bell tower of Seville, church spires, and the masts along the bridges that contribute to the rich character of the city.

The curved edges of the podium buildings define a plaza that opens on the north and south and narrows at the center, creating a pedestrian-scaled commercial street, protected from the sun. In the north, the plaza grows to accommodate café terraces, shaded with orange and jacaranda trees. A long canopy and three linear fountains extends through the center of this area, guiding people to the entry of an auditorium located under the plaza.

The tower has a simple and pure geometry. A delicate form, the tower becomes thinner in diameter as it rises. The building is elliptical in shape, with its narrow side facing the city. Topped with a public terrace and a restaurant, the building offers spectacular views of Seville. Multiple strategies address the strong Sevillan sun and create a visible reminder of the building’s environmental sustainability. The podium building includes a green roof to reduce heat absorption.

Accessible to the public, the roof offers open space for walking and recreation. To protect pedestrians from the sun, there are retractable canvas awnings that can be easily extended between buildings during the hottest time of year. The design of the tower’s exterior incorporates sun control devices. Horizontal and vertical metal shading devices are used throughout the façade.

Torre Sevilla uses an elliptical form to reduce its visual impact on Seville’s nearby historic district, where the construction of tall buildings is restricted. A grid of carefully sized sunshades adds richness to the tower’s façades.

Centro Commercial Sevilla is a welcoming entrance for Torre Sevilla, offering retail and dining options and an expansive, public green roof. Sitting in the western edge of Seville on the site of the 1992 World’s Fair, the tower and podium preserve the city’s extensive history while still being contemporarily expressive.

The plaza design continues the striking composition of the tower’s façade—a grid of copper-colored sunshades and lightly-reflective glass—emphasizing the architectural connection between the two structures. Occupying nearly all of the site’s 10-acres, the podium’s ribbon-like form begins and ends on the opposing edge of the tower, encircling its base for the appearance of an elongated, oval arc. This curved design creates a semi-enclosed passageway permeated by the open-air environment. Due to Seville’s often hot climate, the height of the split podium was purposefully designed to reduce and block sun exposure. Connecting the two sides of the plaza passageway are multiple transparent bridges conveniently located for pedestrian crossing while shopping.

The highlight of the plaza is the dynamic landscape on the ground level with yellow flowering Tipas and violet- blooming Jacarandas for shading and Melias for air and light filtering, and the green roof with Mediterranean plant varieties. The rooftop park features denser landscaping and a walkable path through the greenery for a fuller, more harmonious visitor experience, in addition to views of the city on one side and the neighboring Guadalquivir riverbed on the other.