Known originally as the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum and later simply as the Strong Museum, it became the Strong National Museum of Play in 2006, after completing renovations and an expansion that nearly doubled its size to 282,000 square feet. Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, USA, is a Smithsonian Affiliate museum that documents the history of play in American culture. Established in 1969 and based initially on the personal collection of Rochester, NY native Margaret Woodbury Strong, the museum opened to the public in 1982. Since then it has refined and increased its collections, which number more than 500,000 items, and expanded twice, in 1997 and 2006.
Three additional structures connect, extend from, and complement both the existing and new buildings: The Caterpillar, Field of Play, and Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden.
The Torre Agbar is a 38-story tower located between Diagonal and Carrer Badajoz, near Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, which marks the gateway to the new technological district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel in association with the Spanish firm B720 Arquitectos and built by Dragados. The Torre Agbar is located in the Poblenou neighborhood of Barcelona and is named after its owners, the Agbar Group, a holding company whose interests include the Barcelona water company Aigües de Barcelona.
The tower has a total of 50,693 square metres, of which 30,000 are in offices, 3,210 in technical facilities, 8,132 in services, including an auditorium, and 9,132 square metres for parking.
It opened in June 2005 and was officially opened by the King of Spain on September 16, 2005 and at a cost of 130 million euros.
The building is owned by the multinational group Agbar which has its corporate headquarters in the building and that takes up most of the floors, renting the remainder. The Agbar Tower was acquired in March 2010 for 165 million euros, after reaching an agreement with its former owner, the investment group Azurelau. Azurelau previously had bought the property in mid-2007. The purchase price was not disclosed.