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Torre Agbar, Aguas De Barcelona

Torre Agbar, Aguas De Barcelona

The building's enclosure system consists of multicolored aluminum "pixels" seemingly innumerable shimmering behind a veil of fritted glass louvers. Color flares over the surface: oranges, pinks, and reds rise hot from the base, cooling through blue into white, and finally fading into clear glazing over the tip. Rogue splotches complete a composition of shifting intensity, luminosity, and depth.

The fritted louvers contribute to the energy performance of the building in two ways. They provide partial shade to the building's surface, and they create a ventilation space that allows heat to rise and escape before reaching the thermal envelope behind. The varying angles at which the louvers are affixed, and the varying degrees of frit intensity contribute texture and change to this extraordinary surface.

At night, the show continues as 4,500 multicolored lights wash the surface. Observers feel as though they're watching through hi-tech goggles that reveal the ebb and flow of an obscure force.

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