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Nouvel gets it up

Jean Nouvel's 34-storey Torre Agbar in Barcelona is nearing completion. Construction of the tower is set to finish in October and will then be followed by an eight month fit-out. The 30,000m 2 scheme - which aims to be a 'landmark recognisable on a metropolitan scale' - becomes increasingly slender as it rises before being 'crowned' with a rounded cupola. The skyscraper has a double facade and the first 25 floors will have windows that are seemingly random openings. From the 25th storey up, the facade will be transformed into a glass outer skin with a geometrical continuity to the rest of the building. Nouvel described the surface of the building as like water, 'smooth and continuous but also vibrant and clear'.

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