January 24th, 2008

Montjuïc Telecommunications Tower

Posted in artists/projects, Sundials of Note by Heidi

Santiago Calatrava, architect, sculptor. (also see Turtle Bridge)
Barcelona, Spain, 1991

Calatrava’s original 130 meter communications tower was built for Telefónica in the heart of the 1992 Olympic site, to carry coverage of the Games. Aside from its distinctive structural form, the tower is innovative in enclosing the circular platform of microwave dishes. The overall form of the tower is based on a Calatrava sketch of a kneeling figure making an offering. The base on which the figure ‘kneels’ is covered in broken glazed tiles in recognition of Gaudi (though with more restrained colors). The orientation of the tower means that the shadow of the central needle on the circular platform acts as a sundial. (reference here)

Communications tower

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