Montju´c Telecommunications Tower

Santiago Calatrava 1991

Calatrava's beautiful and original communications tower was built for Telefˇnica 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, replacing the normal clutter with a serene white arc. As a result the 130 meter structure becomes a welcome feature in the Olympic park.

Imagery abounds. 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 (rather impractical) sundial.

Simon Glynn 2001


How to visit

The tower forms part of the Olympic Ring complex in Montju´c park, close to the Olympic Stadium. 

You can reach it with least effort by taking the Funicular de Montju´c. Or take Metro lines 1 or 3 to Espanya station.

Combine a visit with Mies' German pavilion a few minutes' walk away.

Books and other web sites

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