Historic Watertower, New Media Quarter, Barcelona, Spain by Pere Falqués
The tower is located on Calle Ferrers 2, close to the modern Diagonal Mar complex. The architect Pere Falqués, best known for the classic streetlamp benches that decorate the Passeig de Grácia, designed the tower.
The tower’s initial purpose was to pull water from the Besós River. In theory, the goal was to sell this water. However, a problem arose when attempts to purify the water failed. It never reached standards set for the city’s drinking water supply. Thus, the project was never completed.
Once this idea was discarded, the tower went on to form part of a metallurgic factory operated by the Girona brothers (the Macosa Factory). The factory manufactured trains, trams, subway cars and escalators. The factory disappeared a long time ago. The only remaining trace is the tower’s most notable feature: its balcony. It is located where the water depository used to be. The tower is an interesting example of industrial architecture, painted by artists such as Calsina, Subirachs and Vilà. The tower has been conserved in a surprisingly good condition.
Photography: Joan Guillamat
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