Centro Simón Bolívar Towers

The Centro Simón Bolívar Towers TCSB also known as the Towers of Silence is a building with a pair of 32-story towers, each measuring 103 meters in height, in El Silencio district, Caracas, Venezuela. Built during the time of the presidency of Marcos Pérez Jiménez, the TCSB was opened to the public on December 6, 1954.[1][2]

Centro Simón Bolívar Towers
General information
LocationCaracas, Venezuela
Construction started1948
OpeningDecember 6, 1954
Roof103 m (338 ft)
Technical details
Floor count32
Design and construction
Architect(s)Cipriano Domínguez
DeveloperCentro Simón Bolívar
Towers of Simón Bolívar Center, as seen underneath the arch of the Palace of Justice, Caracas

Features edit

The TCSB is an example of functionalist architecture that includes the concept of integrating artistic works into the building. When first built it was a symbol of Venezuelan national identity, of a country emerging from its agrarian and petroleum-based economy, at the beginning of its industrialization. The TCSB is thus imposed as a simple aesthetic symbol of modernity and of the long-term development facing the country.[3]

The TCSB is suspended in the air above the ground on stilts, allowing the public to traverse beneath it unhindered. The symmetry of the building is rigorous, with the twin towers arising from two parallel wings, consisting of a system of plazas, walkways, porches, doorways, commercial areas and underground parking; the Bolivar Avenue passes underneath.

The towers occupied the title of the tallest twin towers in Venezuela until the construction of the towers of Parque Central Complex along the same road in the city of Caracas.

On February 7, 1982, the climber Dan Goodwin scaled the outside of the towers using only his hands and feet.

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ Hernández Caballero, Serafín (Editor). (1998): Gran Enciclopedia de Venezuela. Editorial Globe, C.A. Caracas. 10 volúmenes. ISBN 980-6427-00-9 ISBN 980-6427-10-6
  2. ^ Entre rayas revista de artquitectura: Campaña para la Restauración del Centro Simón Bolívar
  3. ^ "Venezuelaoctavaisla.wordpress.com: Las torres de El Silencio". Archived from the original on 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2013-05-14.

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