Double skin façade, Agbar Tower Barcelona, Jean Nouvel [226]

Apart from its shape, the building is characterized for its double-skin facade. The outer leaf is composed of horizontal slats of transparent and translucent glass, which cover the whole building protecting it from solar radiation and helping to control interior temperature.

The horizontal pivoting slats have a size of 120x30cm and their orientation is regulated by an electronic mechanism that works with temperature and radiation sensors to adapt slats to reduce energy consumption.

The outer leaf is separated 50cm from the inner, a concrete wall 50cm wide on the lower floors and 30cm on top. This wall is thermal insulated on the inside, and the exterior is clad with undulated aluminium sheet.

General view of the building: 
Torre Agbar
Avinguda Diagonal, 211
08018 Barcelona

PH1,2,3: Oriol Roig
PH4: Clàudia Teixidó
PH5: Sergio Catrini / Origin of the photo GizmoWeb

Authorship of the graphical documentation: 

Clàudia Teixidó