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I dedicate this today to my friend Glasscafe, as I know this is one of their preferred buildings in Madrid

Torres Blancas
The building is located at Torres Blancas Heart of Mary 2/Avenida of America 37, Madrid. The project, Francisco Javier Saenz de Oiza is 1961, and construction lasted from 1964 to 1969. With this building, its first project internationally known, Saenz de Oiza, who lived the rest of their lives in the building, won the European Award of Excellence in 1974.
Torres Blancas was an experiment prompted by a customer, John Huarte (owner of the construction of the same name, Huarte), which was meant in the sixties of the twentieth century for its support of the Spanish vanguard, building some of the finest buildings in Spain in the sixties and seventies.
The building, 71 meters high, is a structure-based cores surrounded around its perimeter by balconies with wooden latticework.
It has twenty-one plants, designed to homes and offices, plus two additional floors at the top of the building. One of the intermediate plants is reserved for plants in general and the roof is a meandering pool.
Despite its name, this is a single tower, which is also white, but gray of concrete. The original project consisted of two towers of "white". The effect is achieved by adding white powder to the white marble concrete, this idea was not finished making the budget problems, like the other tower planned. The structure of the building is made of reinforced concrete, with no pillars. Are the external walls and internal structure of vertical elements to ensure that the functions of lift.
The claim de Oiza was to build an apartment building unique, high-rise, which grew organically, like a tree, traveled vertically by stairs, elevators and facilities, as if they were timber vessels of the tree terraces and curves as if they were grouped leaves from branches.
Oiza of Le Corbusier took the idea of rationalism to build houses with gardens in height and Frank Lloyd Wright proposals organize its tower Price, making a personal synthesis of both trends, it is generally recognized as one of the masterpieces of organized.

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