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page updated 26 Aug 2016

Madrid Building Photographs

Madrid Architecture photos by Chris Romer-Lee, Nov 2010 for e-architect

3 DAYS : 5 BUILDINGS_studio octopi in Madrid

Last week we were in Spain for The Madrid Symposium. Following Studioctopi
partner James Lowe’s win as one of this year’s ‘40 under 40’ leading European architects, an exhibition of our projects was unveiled at the symposium. James’ duties also extended to a short talk on our Stratford Kiosks Competition win which was warmly received by the international audience.

Here is a selection of our architectural encounters over the 3 days.

Chris Romer-Lee
Director, studio octopi

Barajas International Airport
Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners

Arriving at Barajas was one of the highlights to our 3 day visit. The only let down was torturous circulation and flow airside. It would be interesting to know if this was a security concern or just poor planning?

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The roof billows, rolling over the varying levels of the concourse below.

Barajas International Airport Building

The sporadic variation in lighting levels is perplexing. In areas the darkness is oppressive. In the areas where natural light floods in through the louvred oculars, the space is celestial.

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Riveting views through cutouts in the floor plate bring a spectacular sense of adventure and celebration to the experience. This is a joyous building pulsating with life. Travelators, escalators, bridges and staircases are interchangeable at various levels throughout the cutouts. It’s a vast building with a bounty of noteworthy spaces, if only the circulation was less frustrating.

Barajas International Airport Building

Madrid Airport Building

Hotel Puerta America
various architects

This is an insane yet fascinating project. Each floor from car park to rooftop bar has been designed by a different iconic architect. From Irato Isozaki to Zaha Hadid. This is a smorgasbord of 21st century architectural styles. As with the hotel breakfast, the spread is magnificent. The level of detail is exemplarily which just about rescues this project from becoming a museum of ‘starachitecture’.

Hotel Puerta America Madrid

Once you’ve seen the lobby (John Pawson)

Hotel Puerta America Madrid

On the way up in the lift stopping at another floor and the landing is a soft white terrain of amorphous seating (Ushida Findlay).

Hotel Puerta America Madrid

You want your room, via a physically challenging corridor (in my case by Plasma Studio).

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Early evening and its cocktails in the lobby bar (Marc Newson).

Hotel Puerta America Madrid Hotel Puerta America Madrid

Then its downtown in a £500,000 1954 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing or perhaps you prefer the Harley Davidson? That’s of course if you can drag yourself away from the kaleidoscopic car park.

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Hotel Puerta America

Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia (extension)
Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Words of this font size just do not convey the magnitude of this extension to the Museum. Its BIG, BIG, BIG.

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The scale is daunting, the darkness puzzling, the black and red overbearing. However there is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the scale from the roof terraces overlooking the city.

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Street kiosk
unknown architect

Early Sunday morning and the area of the city around Alonso Martinez was still dormant. Turning the corner, a gently sloping street with broad pavements has been sensitively landscaped. Flush panels of timber, grass and perforated mesh decorate the broad pavement.

Madrid Street kiosk

Half way down an elegant glass kiosk is perched on the urban plane.
Madrid Street kiosk

The low iron glass skin is so discreet it’s as though the bookshop is open to the street. Instead short mesh ramps lead up either side to the front and back units. Internally white curtains provide a domestic privacy more akin to a private residential reading room. Sheer delight.

Street kiosk Madrid

Caixa Forum
Herzog de Meuron

Occasionally one comes across a building that dances evocatively in the street. This Herzog de Meuron phantasmagorical creation is one of them.

Caixa Forum Madrid Herzog de Meuron

The corten crown to the former electricity power station is striking but it’s actually this buildings relationship with the ground plane which is truly magical. The architects have removed the ground floor of the host building and allowed the Forum to float effortlessly over the ground plane.

Caixa Forum Madrid Herzog de Meuron

3 points of contact are all that remain. 2 of which are stair cores clad in black glass.

Caixa Forum Madrid Herzog de Meuron

The third is the entrance to the building. Moving through the cool dark underbelly and passing the surreal water feature thats cascades from the raised street level, the entrance to this building needs to delight.

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An underwhelming entrance and the suspense would instantly be lost. Through the doors and a mountainous terrain of stainless steel draws one up the stairs to the first floor.

Caixa Forum Madrid Herzog de Meuron

The triangulated stainless steel floor panels echo the underbelly and plaza below. Overhead a web of fluorescents continues the pattern. Reflections in the steel are mesmerising. With virtually no natural lighting to this floor the results are theatrical. The rich colouring of the timber reception desk, doors and shop joinery act as engaging scenic elements, inviting physical contact and engagement.

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There is a mystery, wonderment and joy to this building. There are numerous other delights within this project that I’d encourage you to research. Each space contrasts the other but forms an integral part to the proposals. Variation of form, texture and colour convey acknowledged relationships with the building’s past and more specifically its urban context.

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Caixa Forum Madrid

Madrid Architecture Tours

Madrid Architecture photos © Chris Romer-Lee, studio octopi

Stratford Kiosks Competition win by studio octopi

Madrid Architecture – main page on the Spanish capital

Madrid Building – Latest Designs

Puentes Cascara
Designers: West 8 & MRIO
Cascara Bridge
photo © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture
Puentes Cascara

Pozuelo de Alarcón House
A-cero
Pozuelo de Alarcón housing
photograph from the architect
Pozuelo de Alarcón House

Guia Arquitectura Madrid – Madrid Architecture, alphabetical:

Bernabeu Stadium – Real Madrid FC
Architects: Estudio Lamela
Bernabeu Stadium
image: Angel Baltanás y Angel Martinez © EL
Bernabeu Stadium
Caja Madrid Tower
Foster + Partners
Torre Caja
image : Foster + Partners
Torre Caja Building
Campus de la Justicia
Zaha Hadid Architects
Madrid Civil Courts of Justice
picture from the architect
Madrid Civil Courts of Justice Building
Carabanchel 16 – housing
Foreign Office Architects
Carabanchel Housing
photograph © Sérgio Padura
Carabanchel Housing
Carabanchel housing – blocks
Dosmasuno Arquitectos
Madrid housing
photo from the architect
Madrid housing
Celosia, northeast Madrid
MVRDV
Celosia Madrid
photo from the architect
Celosia Madrid
Eco-boulevard
ecosistema urbano arquitectos
Madrid development
photo : Emilio P. Doiztua / Roland Halbe
Madrid development
High Council – Chambers of Commerce
Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
Chambers of Commerce of Madrid
photograph : Miguel de Guzmán
Chambers of Commerce Madrid
High Court of Justice and Supreme Court
Foster + Partners
City of Justice Madrid
image : Foster + Partners
City of Justice Madrid
House in Somosaguas
Joaquin Torres, Architect
Somosaguas House
picture from the architect
Somosaguas House
Las Tablas Buildings, north Madrid
Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos
Las Tablas Madrid
photograph : Miguel de Guzmán
Las Tablas Madrid : Telefónica de España
Memorial, Atocha Station Building
FAM Arquitectura y Urbanismo
Madrid memorial
picture from the architect
Madrid memorial
Mutua Madrilena Tower
Cesar Pelli; interior : A-cero
Mutua Madrilena Tower
picture from the architect
Mutua Madrilena Tower
Olympic Tennis Centre Madrid
Dominique Perrault Architectes
Olympic Tennis Centre Madrid
picture © Perrault Projets / ADAGP
Olympic Tennis Centre Madrid
Rafael del Pino Auditorium building
Architect: Rafael de La-Hoz
Rafael del Pino Auditorium Madrid
picture from the architect
Rafael del Pino Auditorium Building
Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art Building
Ian Ritchie Architects
Reina Sofía Museum
picture from the architect
Madrid Gallery Building

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