A tower is proposed in the highest part of the city of Madrid, in La Moraleja, so high, so very high that one might just see the sea on a clear day.

A large structure, a mega-structure, was the first phase (what is a tower if not a large vertical structure?). Which like a matrix, the pseudonym for the competition, supports all the floors until reaching a height of more than 350 meters. The floors are simple squares on an orthogonal 12 by 12 m module, measuring 60 x 60 m, and resting on four 12 by 12-vertical communication cores at the corners.

The structure is naturally in steel and as such is finished in matte stainless steel. Every 12 stories there is a double mezzanine for installations, structurally resolved by large Vierendeel trusses.

The skyscraper rests solidly on the ground on a stone podium, as if it were a dock, which at the same time is the center of all of the communications systems. The huge terrain on which it is located, one and a half times the size of Madrid’s Retiro Park, has been transformed into an impressive oak forest. The head of the tower is more transparent, like a huge eye that looks north to the mountains, south to Madrid, and beyond, to the sea in the distance.

Technical data

Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza. Location: Madrid, Spain. Client: Telefónica. Competition: 2000. Collaborators: Ignacio Aguirre López, Felipe Samarán Saló, Gonzalo Torcal Fdez-Corugedo, Raúl del Valle, Juan M. Sánchez, Miguel Barandalla, Carmen Aparicio, Takayuki Miyoshi. Structure: Andrés Rubio Morán, Julio Martínez Calzón. Engineering: Úrculo Ingenieros.