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Azca Business Centre

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Castellana 77. Azca Business Centre, Madrid.

Castellana 77. Azca Business Centre, Madrid.
I know the white tower (Torre Picasso) well, having given 100s of classes there over the years, but I know nothing about the building in the foreground except that I like it!
CORRECTION! I looked in Wikipedia and found out that it is called Castellana 77, and was a novelty in its day. Built between 1973 and 1977 by architect Manuel Aymerich Amadiós, its facade is 100% glass and it incorporated these curving solar panels making it the first building fully self-sufficient in energy in Madrid. It was considered 'ultra-modern' at its inception. I think it still looks very modern!

HH-volker 2, Hubs 56, , Marie-france Berthelé and 42 other people have particularly liked this photo

34 comments - The latest ones
 Cheryl Beal
Cheryl Beal club
Ooooooooooooh boggle eyed.....but fabulous Andy!!!!
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Cheryl Beal club
That's a refreshingly new compliment to me, Cheryl!! Pleased you are boggle-eyed by it!
16 months ago.
Weird and wonderful. I love it.
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Jean
Ditto, Jean!
16 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh I love the architecture of this building - so effective. I can see why you are attracted to it.
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Jenny McIntyre club
Yup! It struck me immediately.
Thank you Jenny.
The difficulty was getting into the right position to take the shot as the sun and its reflection off the windows made it tricky.
16 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
It's certainly eye-catching I think it is intended as a giant sundial when you look at the shadow cast from the piece at the top
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Peter Castell club
... "A sundial, Jim ... but not as we know it!"
16 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
GRANDIOSE et superbement rendue.
Bonne soirée
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Many thanks, Malik!
16 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Buena foto y arquitecturas soberbias, aunque a muchos nos guste más vivir sin vecinos.
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to José Manuel Polo club
Thank you, José Manuel.
I am happy to be gregarious, but equally content to be on my own for months and even years. So lockdowns don't bother me (of course the wider implications worry me a lot). I am perfectly content to be on my own. My girlfriend can't understand this. This is not the Spanish way!
16 months ago. Edited 16 months ago.
Superbe compo
16 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Many thanks, Boro!
16 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding modernist shot! Stay well!

Admired in:
16 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, marvelous compo, Andy ******************* Wish you a happy week !
16 months ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
Brilliant design
16 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Ooh that's an unusual curved design! I wonder how it works inside. If there have to be high rises, this isn't too bad.
16 months ago. Edited 16 months ago.
 Gilbert H
Gilbert H club
Bon regard ! Belle journée !
16 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I like it too Andy...............especially the curves. It looks beautiful in the sunshine!
16 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work... Have a great new week, and stay well.
16 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
I don’t really love this architecture ! But I like your presentation very much, Andy !
16 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Andy

A very nice picture, wonderfully composed.

Fantastic colours too

Perhaps the floors in the new building curve upwards too!

Best Wishes, and stay safe!!
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to Peter_Private_Box club
If rthe floors curve upwards, i'd like to see it, Peter!
Many thanks and best wishes!
16 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
ºººGreat comments! Thank you all.ººº
16 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
schitterend gebouw
16 months ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
impressive and striking capture of two splendid, so powerfully imaginative, pieces ,of contemporary architecture!!!!
16 months ago.
polytropos club
The stems are obviously sun protection slats. Due to the 'unconventional installation' they are not efficient in all offices. But there is a dynamic sweep into the facade. ;-)
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has replied to polytropos club
I think this 1980s building was a bit ahead of the 'design for show, not substance' game. But the effect of the sweeps is simply pleasing, imho!
16 months ago.
Andy Rodker club
has added
Additional info! The building is of the early 1970s and was the first to be fully self-sufficient in energy in Madrid. I could not have been more wrong about 'show not substance'! It seems the two need not be mutually exclusive!!
16 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Un immeuble bien moderne, j'en attrape le vertige rien que de le regarder
16 months ago.
Earthwatcher club
Great photo of an amazing building. Well taken, Andy!
16 months ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
how unusual !
great !
16 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Pleased you like it!
Thank you!
16 months ago.

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