Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Tallest building in Andalucía inaugurated yesterday
(Agencies) The Torres de Hércules in Los Barrios, the tallest office building in Andalucía, was opened officially yesterday by the Mayoress of Los Barrios, Ángeles Ariza, and Antonio Luque, president of Valcruz Gestión, the developer from Córdoba under whose aegis the building was built. With a total of 20,000 sq.m. of office space and 126 metres in height, the towers are officially taller than the Giralda in Sevilla and the Torres Kia buildings in Madrid. Some 12% of the available space has already been leased and the developers are in negotiations with companies such as Acerinox, Cepsa and Hanjin Shipping, all with local connections, as well as with other national and international corporations wanting a presence in the Campo de Gibraltar. A restaurant is planned for the top floor of one of the towers, which will offer magnificent views of the Bay of Algeciras, Gibraltar and the African coastline. For those who have tried to decipher the letters on the side of the towers, they read non plus ultra in Latin, or 'Nothing Further Beyond' in English, closely associated with the Pillars of Hercules, which according to Roman mythology were built by Hercules, near the Straits of Gibraltar, marking the edge of the then known world. According to mythology the (original) pillars bore the warning Nec plus ultra (also Non plus ultra, "nothing further beyond"), serving as a warning to sailors and navigators to go no further.