The Agbar Tower, named for its original tenant, was completed in 2005, designed by acclaimed French architect Jean Nouvel. Ateliers Jean Nouvel has several hotel credits including Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom and Renaissance Barcelona Fira. Nouvel refers to his Agbar building as “an emergence” rather than a skyscraper. That's some Architect chatter for ya.
The new hotel is slated to have 417 rooms, several restaurants, an auditorium, and other yet to be named features. The Tower is a tourist attraction and, similar to the Shard in London, will have a separate visitor entrance for access to an observation deck.
This project in the early stages of development and renovations may not start until next year. We don’t know of a targeted completion date, but as always we will keep you posted on the hotel’s progress. It will be interesting to see how the interior design takes form, given the shape of the building and its unusual façade. Perhaps Jean Nouvel will “emerge” as the selected designer.
[Photo: Barcelona City Tours]