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Friday, June 13th, 2014

Torre Valencia, on top of the Ensanche district

Torre Valencia buildingNestled within Valencia’s Ensanche neighbourhood, is one of the most attractive areas of the Mediterranean city, thanks to its outstanding architecture, gastronomic and commercial offer and the Torre Valencia building (Gran Vía Marqués del Turia, 79,  on the corner of Plaza de América). The residential building rises on the edge of the riverbed of the old Rio Turia and is one of this city’s most emblematic constructions from the second half of the 20th century.

The Torre Valencia building was conceived by Madrid-born architect Luis Rodríguez Soto (1900- 1977), one of the most important representatives of Art Deco architecture and Spanish rationalism. Although most of his work can be found in Madrid, Valencia too features excellent examples of his work. Not only the mentioned Torre Valencia, but also the Bacharach building, situated on Calle Cirilo Amorós 54, or the residential building constructed for engineers on Calle Botánico Cabanilles, 14, are absolute must-sees.

Constructed between 1957 and 1959, Torre Valencia has since its inauguration become one of the most sought after buildings of the city, owing to its height, which makes for a stylish building with 15 floors plus penthouse. In total, Torre Valencia comprises of thirty ample apartments two on every floor. Its initial layout was characterized by a new design, having the bedrooms situated on the inner part of the property and the lounge/dining room facing the façade. Bright loungeIn addition to the main building the Torre Valencia features two smaller buildings with eight floors plus penthouse each. The aforementioned façade is one of the aspects that has made this emblematic building so recognisable over the years, thanks to the use of exposed bricks and the gresite window boxes. Torre Valencia was one of the buildings in Valencia included in the La cuitat que habitem exhibition, which was launched last year in the Museo de Historia de Valencia and commissioned by architects Tito Llopis and David Sánchez.

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