Torres de Hercules, Bay of Gibraltar, Cadiz Building Design, Spain Architecture News

Torres de Hercules, Bay of Gibraltar

New Tower Building in Cadiz design by Rafael de Lahoz Arquitectos, Spain

16 Apr 2010

Torres de Hercules in Bay of Gibraltar

Location: Cadiz, southern Spain

Design: RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ Arquitectos

Torres de Hercules, Bay of Gibraltar Tower

Photos © Roland Halbe

Architect Rafael de la Hoz completes the “Torres de Hercules” in Cadiz. They are a symbol of the legendary Pillars of Hercules and the tallest buildings in Andalusia.

Two cylindrical, white towers rising from a flat pool of water. On the façade-a giant lattice-appears the mythical motto from the legend of the Pillars of Hercules, “Non Plus Ultra” (nothing further beyond), warning sailors in the Mediterranean of the edge of the known world.

Torres de Hercules Torres de Hercules Torres de Hercules
image from the architects

At a height of 126 meters, the “Torres de Hercules” rise up from the Bay of Algeciras, as a new benchmark in the Campo de Gibraltar and the transition of the Straight, as their uniqueness changes the area’s landscape.

Located in the Bay of Algeciras (Cadiz) , the new construction, which is surrounded by a man-made lake, is comprised of two identical 20-storey cylindrical towers, joined by a crystalline prism which houses the hallways connecting the two buildings.

Its outer appearance is configured by the structure of the building, a gigantic lattice which completely surrounds the perimeter. They contain the giant letters of the legend “Non Plus Ultra”.

Their job is to protect the inside of the building from excess solar radiation while providing panoramic views of the Bay of Algeciras, the Rock of Gibraltar, and the Serranía.

This grid extends past the building’s limits, as a “unique element” protecting the terrace roof-top deck, while at the same time acting as a base for possible energy collecting and telecommunications systems.

The project, with a total surface area of 19,000 square meters, was contracted by the Valcruz company of Cordoba. They will use the majority of the building for office space, although some of the floors will have commercial space and services, such as: coffee shops, bank branches, a travel agency, a messenger service, etc.

On the top floor, 80 meters up, will be a lookout restaurant. Above this, a panoramic roof-top deck will boast unique views over the Straight of Gibraltar, Mount Musa and the Alcornocales Natural Park.

Torres de Hercules Torres de Hercules Torres de Hercules Torres de Hercules
image from the architects

The building has a main entrance for pedestrians and cars which provides a clear view of the towers. The 200-spot ground-level parking lot is located on the other side of the towers and is organized around a landscaped area.

The complex has a strategic location, which utilizes all of the region’s potential while at the same time being easily accessible. The objective is to take advantage of all of the possibilities offered by the Bay of Algeciras and the accessibility by the major motorways from Seville, Gibraltar, the Costa del Sol, and the Jerez de la Frontera airport.

Torres de Hercules, Bay of Gibraltar, Cadiz, Spain images / information from Rafael de Lahoz Arquitectos

Photographs © Roland Halbe

Rafael de Lahoz Arquitectos

Location: Bay of Gibraltar, Cadiz, Spain, southwestern Europe

Gibraltar Buildings

Gibraltar Building Developments – chronological list

Eurocity in Gibraltar

Gibraltar Airport Building

University Buildings at Europa Point on Gibraltar

Spanish Buildings

Contemporary Spanish Architectural Projects

Spanish Architectural Designs – chronological list

Spanish Architect

Key Links

Madrid Architecture

Spanish Architecture – Selection

Hotel Puerta America
Design: various interiors by famous architects
Spanish hotel building

Country House, Morna Valley
Design: DeBlacam & Meagher
Ibiza Country House

Celosia, PAU de Sanchinarro
Design: MVRDV
Celosia Madrid

Spanish Architect

Buildings / photos for the Torres de Hercules, Bay of Gibraltar, Cadiz Architecture Spain page welcome

Website: Cadiz