This quartet of business-oriented skyscrapers represents the new face of 21st-century Madrid. Their slender steel gray and gleaming glass outlines loom high at the northern end of the Castellana Avenue, beside the Chamartín railway station, dwarfing the nearby KIO Towers . Big Daddy is Torre Caja Madrid, a twin-columned edifice of reinforced concrete, designed by the ubiquitous Norman Foster; and, at 250m (820 ft.), it's the biggest building in the city. The Torre de Cristal, designed by Argentinian César Pelli, reaches only 1 meter (3 ft.) shorter, and the Torre Sacyr Vallehermoso, by Spanish designers Carlos Rubio Carvajal and Enrique Álvarez-Sala Walther, is 236m (774 ft.) high. The latter will accommodate a five-star hotel whose restaurant, when completed, will have the best views in the capital. Baby of the group is the 223m (732 ft.) Torre Espacio. Total completion of the complex, the tallest in Spain, is due by 2009 -- 5 years after work started.
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