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Torre de Collserola

Torre de Collserola
General information
Type Television tower, observation tower
Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Completed 1991
Height 288.4 m (946.19 ft)
Design and construction
Architect Norman Foster
Civil engineer Julio Martínez Calzón and Manuel Julià Vilardell
Main contractor Cubiertas y MZOV, S.A.

Torre de Collserola (Catalan pronunciation: ) is a uniquely designed tower located on the Tibidabo hill in the Serra de Collserola, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster and by the Spanish civil engineers Julio Martínez Calzón and Manuel Julià Vilardell. This emblematic tower was built in 1991 by the construction company Cubiertas y MZOV S.A. for the 1992 Summer Olympics. It features a pod for floor space like many towers but uses guy wires for lateral support like a mast. Mainly used as a TV and radio transmitter, this futuristic design provides the highest viewpoint over the city. The top antenna reaches 288.4 m (946 ft) and the top of the pod, which has thirteen floors, reaches 152 m (499 ft). The highest point of this tower is actually the highest place you could be in the city of Barcelona.

The tenth floor of the pod is open to the public.


  • Events 1
  • Construction 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The tower has a space for event organisations, composed by a reception room and an observation desk set 560 metres above sea level.


The tower has a hollow slip-formed, reinforced concrete main shaft of only 4.5 m diameter, which reduces to a mere 3 m to hold a radio mast which telescopes from 2.7 m to 0.7 m. The thirteen floors are surrounded by a perimeter of open stainless steel grilles and suspended from the shaft by three primary vertical steel trusses.

The total weight of the tower is 3,000 tons.

A large number of cables keep the tower upright:

  • The lower guys are composed three series of 180 parallel strand cables (15 mm diameter) made from pre-tensioned high-strength steel with a polyethylene covering, each;
  • The upper guys are made of three series of 7 aramid fibre cables in parallel (56 mm diameter), each terminated with a resin socket.[1] The three upper cables have a combined breaking strength of 4,200 tons.

See also


  1. ^ Torre de Collserola

External links

  • Torre de Collserola
  • Foster and Partners
  • Collserola Tower at Structurae
  • Torre de Collserola at Factoría Urbana: Photos and technical information about the tower
  • Torre de Collserola: connecting Barcelona
  • Aramid cable termination design
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