Symbol of the group's commitment to innovation, sustainability and art
Designed by the prestigious architect César Pelli, the Torre Iberdrola is the site of the group's headquarters and has all the characteristics to make it the ground zero of renewable energy. This impressive 165-metre-high glass structure is a financial and business icon of the city of Bilbao, and the gold standard in sustainable design and energy efficiency. The building is also a meeting point between art and society, and can be visited online.
The Iberdrola Tower turns 10 years old. This was its construction (Spanish version).
Officially opened on 21 February 2012, the Torre Iberdrola is now celebrating its tenth anniversary. In that period, it has become the epicentre of Bilbao's "Manhattan" and the home of 1,800-2,000 employees who work and socialise there on a daily basis. With 50,000 m2 of useful area, it is visited by around 6,000 people every month.
This great obelisk, whose triangular shape allows for making the most of the space, is in fact the tallest building in the city centre. With a gross floor area of around 62,000 square metres on 41 totally open floors, the projections of this prism's vertexes come together symbolically at a height of 1,000 metres. Moreover, the façade has an area of 20,000 square metres, equivalent to two football fields, with 5,000 high-performance, low-emission and extra-clear glass modules.
Located in the renovated promenade of the Bilbao estuary, a short distance from the main areas and buildings of 21st century Bilbao — the Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Palace, the Federico Moyua Square and the Campa de los Ingleses Wharf — the group's headquarters is built on a site that reflects the company's commitment to the Basque Country and to the city where several companies that make up today's Iberdrola group were founded more than 100 years ago.
Respectful of the environment
The Torre Iberdrola has been conceived as a driving force for creating value for the company's employees, its environment and its customers. The internal distribution of the headquarters promotes teamwork, the transfer of knowledge and organisational learning in an ideal space, respectful of the environment, that contributes to operational efficiency.
The building has the prestigious LEED CS 2.0 Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), granted by the USGBC (US Green Building Council), which evaluates and recognizes the healthiest and most environmentally responsible projects, with the most cost-effective structures. To this end, the regeneration of the area, access to public transport, parking capacity, bicycle parking or the maximization of outdoor spaces have been taken into account.
In addition, the energy consumption of the Torre Iberdrola comes exclusively from certified 100% renewable energy sources, which promote maximum respect for the environment by avoiding CO2 emissions and other polluting gases. The energy-efficient building is built with at least 20% recycled material and another 20% with materials from the area, to reduce the environmental impact of freight transport. The implemented technology also allows water to be reused and a 40% reduction in standard consumption.
Torre Iberdrola is an emblem of internationalisation, modernity, sustainability and respect for the environment. Video voice transcription [PDF] External link, opens in new window..
Torre Iberdrola: Switch On///Actívalo, an interactive work of art by Eugenio Ampudia (2-8 April 2016).
Inaugural event of the Torre Iberdrola, February 2012. Video voice transcription [PDF] External link, opens in new window..
A space for art
A fundamental part of Iberdrola's commitment involves the promotion of art and culture. For this reason, in the lobby of the building there is a heterogeneous sample of works by Basque artists such as the painter Jesús María Lazkano, the sculptors Cristina Iglesias and Txomin Badiola or the multidisciplinary Darío Urzay, José Ramón Amordarain and Asier Mendizábal. At the same time, the Torre Iberdrola has been the undisputed protagonist of works that illustrate the urban transformation of the Biscayan capital. This is reflected, for example, in a series of photographs by José Manuel Ballester that represents the imposing building from different perspectives, going from a contemplation at street level to a panoramic view from the window of one of its floors.