Architecture City Guide: Madrid

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Madrid. As the third largest city in the European Union, Madrid is the economic and political capital of Spain. The streets and neighborhoods for the most part remains historic, but the city is punctuated with moments of engaging and interesting contemporary architecture. For those who have followed our city guides, you will have noticed that this is our second stop in Spain. That said, Madrid is distinctly different from Barcelona. The differences between the two are manifested in their architecture, both old and new. Our lists only cover relatively recent projects, but a quick glance at the two will give you a sense of the differing cultures and lifestyles (Barcelona’s City Guide). Both lists are far from complete and we are looking to add to them in the near future. In the meantime add more of your favorites to the comment section below.

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The Architecture City Guide: Madrid list and corresponding map after the break.

  • BBVA Tower / Javier de Oiza
  • Torres Blancas / Saenz de Oiza
  • Santa Ana Church / Miguel Fisac
  • Caixa Forum / Herzog de Meuron
  • Real Madrid Stadium / Estudio Lamela
  • Bridges Cascara Madrid Rio / West 8 with Mrio Arquitectos
  • Madrid Barajas Airport / Richard Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Museo Nacional Reina Sofia / Jean Nouvel with Vidal Y Asociados Arquitectos
  • El Mirador de Sanchinarro / MVRDV with Blanca Lleo Asociados
  • Usera Public Library / Abalos Sentkiewicz Arquitectos with Herreros Arquitectos
  • Pradolongo Social Housing / Wiel Arets
  • Atocha Train Station Extension / Rafael Moneo
  • Puerta de Europa / Philp Johnson with John Burgee
  • ABC Museum, Illustration and Design Center / Aranguren & Gallegos Architects
  • Puerta America Hotel / Jean Novel, Arata Isozaki, Christian Liagre, David Chipperfield Architects, Foster & Partners, Harriet Bourne & Jonathan Bell, Javier Mariscal, John Pawson, Kathryn Findlay, , Plasma Studio, Richard Gluckman, Teresa Sapey, Victorio & Luchino, Zaha Hadid
  • Spanish National Statistics Institute / Ruiz-Larrea & Associates
  • Regional Archives and Library /
  • Vallecas Social Housing / Estudio Entresitio
  • Torre Caja Repsol Tower / Foster & Partners
  • Torre Espacio / I.M. Pei

View Architecture City Guide: Madrid in a larger map

Turismo Madrid 
Antonio Andabaka
Diorama Sky 
Samuel Agudino 
Jesús Granada 
Luis García 
The Freshlist 
Enrique Olivar 

Cite: Henry, Christopher. "Architecture City Guide: Madrid" 10 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 May 2015. <>
  • josep

    lame list!
    monument 11m missing + other great projects
    Madrid has nicer architecture than what this list is suggesting

    • Christopher Henry

      I agree that the list is far from complete. I will look to add your suggestion. The lists are generated by our readers’ suggestions, so please leave more of your suggestions. They are a work in progress.