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The Windsor Tower (Spanish: Torre Windsor) was built in 1979 in the financial center of Madrid, Spain. This office building was 106 m high and had 32 floors of which 29 were above ground level and 3 below, thus ranking it as the eighth tallest building in Madrid (and 23rd in Spain).
Around midnight, on Saturday, February 12, 2005, a fire was detected
on the 21st floor. The fire spread quickly throughout the entire
building, leading to the collapse of the outermost, steel parts of the
upper floors; firefighters needed almost 24 hours to extinguish it.
While seven firefighters were injured, nobody was killed in the fire,
which was arguably the worst in Madrid's history.
The town council of Madrid covered the cost of demolishing the remains of the building, thought to be some €22 million (USD $32.5 million). Demolition was completed in August 2005, and as of 2006 the site awaits redevelopment. The tower's owners are expected to build a replacement tower of similar size.
It was initially thought that the fire was the result of an electrical
fault, but some facts have since come to light suggesting that it may
have been arson:
Different amateur videotapes showed two figures in silhouette inside the blazing building more than two hours after it was supposedly evacuated. The figures appeared to be moving about eight floors below the core of the fire, at around 3:00 a.m. (02:00 GMT).
Other videos showed lights inside the skyscraper after electricity was thought to have gone out.
Police discovered that someone had forced a door that led into a Windsor Tower underground garage.
El Corte Inglés will invest 21.6 million in the new Windsor. The project has been designed by architects Peter and Paul Vilató Muñoz. It will have 22 floors and will add a parking with five floors.The cylindrical upper surface will be illuminated, raising its height up to 103.7 meters. It will have six commercial plants, which may be operational by late 2010 and 11 ones for offices. El Coste Inglés want to turn the building into an icon and one of the most modern and innovative shopping centers in Europe.
Picture taken at AZCA (Madrid, Spain) near Mahou Tower, which is a 85m tower completed in 2006. It is on the left site of the picture and the 'new Windsor Tower', Torre El Corte Inglés, ( is on the background.
Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | 40s, ISO 100.
Picture from 3 exposures on a tripod Manfrotto 055XPROB + 322RC2 Head @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]
Lightroom for catalog > Photoshop to generate HDR file> Tonemapped at Photomatix 3.2 > Curves + Hue/Saturation + Topaz Adjust and Detail + Tonal Contrast with Color Efex Pro + Noiseware + High Pass filter Sharpening technique at Photoshop CS5.
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Dedicated to 11M in Madrid and 11S in New York victims and their families. R.I.P