CPD Madrid 2017
26 September 2017

Half of the practice headed off to Madrid this year to look at recent housing and urban developments, and also learn about Madrid’s irregular urban evolution as a capital city. Thank you to our guide Angela Müller of MADRIDES who talked us through urban developments by drawing a very large map at key locations - a great way to illustrate hundreds of years of physical change. Angela also organised visits to a wide range of urban and building typologies as diverse as Social Housing from the 17th to the 21st century, art centre and museum extensions, iconic hotels, urban interventions to high-rise office buildings.

We had the chance to visit numerous buildings which characterize the city of Madrid such as “La Corrala de Tribulete” (1872 social housing building), “Casa Girasol” by JA Coderch (1964 High-end residential building), Housing in Carabanchel by ACM Architects (21st century social housing) together with one of the biggest European masterplan interventions such as Madrid Rio, which tunnels about 4 miles of eight-lane highway below a 300 acre riverside park reuniting the city centre with the southwestern neighbourhoods, Madrid Rio hosts the “Arganzuela” bridge by Dominic Perrault and culminates in the magnificent art centre “El Matadero” - a former slaughterhouse in the Arganzuela district of Madrid.

An intense trip full of history and variety, tradition and change with some time for social events such as coffee break at the Gran Via “Schweppes Building” roof top, a “Tapas” dinner at the “Bodega de los Secretos” (oldest wine cellar in Madrid dated in the mid-17th century) and a nice rest at the iconic Hotel ME (Former Palace of the Count of Mortijo y de Teba).

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