Category Archives: architecture

The Mirador Building

Designed by Dutch architecture studio MVRDV in collaboration with the Spanish architect Blanca Llea, El Mirador de Sanchinarro was opened in 2005 –  to equal portions of delight and horror.

Mirador building

The colours are codes for different uses of the building – e.g. red for corridors and walkways.

More pictures and description of the 22 story building here:

The Interactive Visitors Centre at Ciudad Grupo Santander

A promotional video by YDreams” about their project , “El Faro” Visitors Centre, built for Santander Group’s financial complex at Boadilla del Monte on the outskirts of Madrid.

I think it’s quite funky and am hoping I get an invite someday.

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La Caja Magica

Today was the start of the Mutua de Madrid Masters tennis tournament, with both the Women’s WTA and the men’s ATP events being moved from their regular autumn  slot to fit into the spring clay-court season.

The tourny is taking place in what is called ‘The Magic Box’ (La Caja Mágica), a quite stunning, brand new sporting complex which boasts 16 clay courts (3 of them inside with independent retractible roofs) in the south west of Madrid on the Manzanares river. No expense has been spared. The hangar like buildings have hi-tech soundproofing (for Rock concerts), poly-bicarbonate walls which have a ‘see-through’ effect,  and every seat has an individual light beneath it (there are over 12,000 on centre court alone) which at night shine upwards through red plastic to create a neon ‘Bladerunner’ effect. Outside there are five thousand car park places, impressive landscaping with a park, bridges over lakes (although not quite finished yet) and a media centre. The architect was Dominique Perrault.

Whilst the push behind this, frankly amazing, development has come from the Spanish Tennis Federation it’s all part of Madrid’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. Last week the inspectors were in town and given the full red carpoet treatment. Madrid REALLY wants the Olympics and suffered deeply when London hi-jacked the 2012 event. Despite the fact Olympics big-wigs are usually unhappy about granting Europe two events in a row this has not dimmed the local authority’s push for the nomination so expect to see more and more developments like this in the future.

Madrid Apartments

A residential apartment in building in central Madrid.

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Arapiles building in Madrid