luis vidal + architects has designed the redevelopment project of the Colon Towers to become a new architectural icon for the city of Madrid.
The redevelopment project will enhance the structural solution designed in the 70s by an engineer, Javier Manterola, to proceed to its downward construction, which is now reinforced and gains greater visibility with the proposed new solutions. Thus, the building will maintain the original hanging structure in its entirety, modifying the design and exterior architecture to adapt it to the new needs of the 21st century.
The reform also includes the suppression of the current “plug” of the building. Taking advantage of this space, the property will have four new office floors. In any case, the height (117 meters) and buildable of the towers will be maintained, as required by the General Direction of Building Control. Its current area is 20,298 square meter and it will continue to be so.
The new design has already been approved by the Commission for the Protection of the Historical-Artistic and Natural Heritage of the Madrid City Council.
The new Colon Towers will revitalize and modernize the image of an emblematic area of the city with a building that will change its appearance.
It will be the first high-rise office building in Spain considered nearly Zero-Energy Building (nZEB).