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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite?
Torre Agbar, Barcelona 82 33.88%
30 St Mary Axe (Swiss Re), London 160 66.12%
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Old November 17th, 2005, 09:18 AM   #1
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Torre Agbar v. 30 St Mary Axe (Swiss Re)

Torre Agbar, Barcelona Jean Nouvel, 2004 142m/466ft


30 St Mary Axe, London Norman Foster, 2004 180m/590ft


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Old November 17th, 2005, 09:34 AM   #2
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I prefer the St. Marys Axe.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 11:45 AM   #3
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I don't like much Torre Agbar
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Old November 17th, 2005, 12:00 PM   #4
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The Torre Agbar is more of an oblong shaped while the St. Mary's Axe is round.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 12:02 PM   #5
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they are both beautiful, it is hard to decide
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Old November 17th, 2005, 01:26 PM   #6
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Old November 17th, 2005, 01:43 PM   #7
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Old November 17th, 2005, 01:46 PM   #8
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Old November 17th, 2005, 05:16 PM   #9
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Agbar!!
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Old November 17th, 2005, 05:21 PM   #10
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Well, huum, heemmmm, eeee, let┤s say ... Agbar
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Old November 17th, 2005, 05:28 PM   #11
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Swiss Re is a far more beautiful design. Agbar only looks good at night - and even that has more to do with the lighting than with the design.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 05:33 PM   #12
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Agbar looks more like one of those missile silo's in the US. Swiss Re looks like,
well... something on the rude side.. jk
Swiss Re looks more sophisticated in its building techniques.
Which design was conceived first? I gather Agbar was built last.
I wonder who 'influenced' who...
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AGBAAAAAR!!!!

But I like the Swiss Re too.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 08:51 PM   #14
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Finally the "DICK VS DICK" or the "***** VS *****".

Swiss RE. More beautiful. Agbar Tower means like if it was not finished...Although at night is better than the swiss re.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Taller, Better
Agbar looks more like one of those missile silo's in the US. Swiss Re looks like,
well... something on the rude side.. jk
Swiss Re looks more sophisticated in its building techniques.
Which design was conceived first? I gather Agbar was built last.
I wonder who 'influenced' who...
Agbar is by far the better in many respects. It doesn't matter which was built first....so is every box skyscraper built in the last 100+ years a poor imitation of the original with nothing to offer itself?
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Agbar is by far the better in many respects.
In what respect?

It's only advantage (other than being located in a city with a Mediterranean climate) over Swiss Re that I can see is that it is lit up in blue and red at night. And lighting effects are not architectural.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 09:30 PM   #17
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Swiss Re has the more aesthetic shape but Torre Agbar obviously has an interesting lighting at night.
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Old November 17th, 2005, 09:43 PM   #18
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swiss Re is more round and more beautiful
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Old November 17th, 2005, 10:15 PM   #19
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Old November 18th, 2005, 12:12 AM   #20
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Well, I'm quite impressed by the night lighting of Torre Agbar, but during the day I think it looks horrible. The cladding looks messy, it's too opaque, and the shape is too phallic. I don't think it suits Barcelona very well.

SwissRe, however, is a stunning iconic tower that has transformed London's image and become a symbol of the 21st century. It has captured the public's attention like no other building, and really got people talking about architecture. I love how it contrasts with T42, and the "dialogue" formed between the two towers. I also love how it seems to appear out of nowhere from so many different views across the city. In fact, it was the building that first got me interested in skyscrapers.

I really do love this building.




























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