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Rivas Vaciamadrid Youth Center / Mi5 Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 15 January, 2010
Rivas Vaciamadrid Youth Center / Mi5 Arquitectos
Rivas Vaciamadrid Youth Center / Mi5 Arquitectos, © Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Project Architects

    Manuel Collado Arpia y Nacho Martín Asunción
  • Collaborators

    Eider Holgado, Richar y Diego Barajas
  • Engineering

    Juan Travesí (Estructuras)
  • Contractor

  • Budget

    2.344.502 €
  • Area

    1834.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. From the beginning, the project was conceived as the possibility of making the “underground” visible, a construction devised as a radical manifestation of Madrid’s outskirts youthful spirit in general, and of Rivas´ youth groups in particular.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán

The project aspires to become an explicit “teen” communication vehicle by appropriating their language and their voices as the ingredients of the project. In this way, the project’s team embraces all Rivas’s youth groups by means of an open participation process, in which the future users of the centre, combined with technicians and politicians, will contribute their decisions, their concerns, their fantasies and their aesthetics to create a contemporary “social monument”.

exploded axo
exploded axo

The end result of this process is a public structure with a punk spirit, intensely burdened with content and articulated around programmatic centres conceived as activity explosions, which are erected as meeting and exchange points of the emerging communities.

© Miguel de Guzmán
© Miguel de Guzmán
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Rivas Vaciamadrid Youth Center / Mi5 Arquitectos" 15 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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LEIDY MORENO · May 08, 2012

¡Admira esta construcción concebida como una manifestación radical del espíritu juvenil! #Argos

Juan Camilo · May 08, 2012

¡Admira esta construcción concebida como una manifestación radical del espíritu juvenil! #Argos

Jose Angel Herguedas · May 08, 2012
ARGOS · May 08, 2012

¡Admira esta construcción concebida como una manifestación radical del espíritu juvenil! #Argos

Studio EM · May 07, 2012

Speaking of color in #architecture and #interiordesign what about this Madrid based Youth Center :)

Ricardas · October 31, 2011

You guys saying its scary... Fair enough, because u havent been there and explored the building yourself. It is amazing how great this building is, and it doesnt feel like an explosion, it feels great inside!!! If you only been inside...

James · January 27, 2010

This looks like a place I used to go to in the 80's to play Lazer Quest. Truly awful, naive architecture

dionysus · March 31, 2010 12:54 AM

now that you mention it, i wanna play lazer quest...PEW PEW!!

Joe · January 26, 2010

one of the worst things I have seen in ages - and that says a great deal. bad! bad! bad!

??? · January 18, 2010

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mahka · January 17, 2010

i think its happy architecture but not successful in composition.

Data J · January 17, 2010

The concept seems a bit forced. Punk spirit? So where's the center for goth spirit? Emo spirit?

John · January 17, 2010

Furthermore, I think it is a really poor and generic architectural analysis that young people enjoy headache colour clashes and uncomfortable and poorly composed angles.

It might be true that young children are stimulated by bright primary colours - this fact has been horribly lost in translation somewhere. Do you really think that 'youth' do 'identify with' this building?

mima · January 18, 2010 01:53 PM

From the distance that we are judging/commenting on this project, it is very hard to predict what kind of spaces and colour schemes are going to be accepted by 'the youth', or at least by those who are visiting a youth-center. I think it's a certain social class who's the main 'clientele' for this kind of institution. My experience is that they aren't really looking for some comfortable, cushiony, flowery, soul padding environment.
I would really be interested in how these young people see and accept their! center...

?BENTS · January 17, 2010

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mima · January 17, 2010

Oh i really like this project! It's maybe provocative with the sharp edges and the colour scheme, but it's giving the 'youth' something strong to deal with or maybe something to identify with. I don't like to judge a project in terms of 'trendy' or 'out of mode'.

John · January 17, 2010 04:14 PM

I don't think this building is being judged solely on it's aesthetic - even ignoring it's appearance, (which is a bit pointless given how much aesthetic contributes to the quality of experience) and looking at the design in terms of spaces, it is very bad.

I think 'Gee' has already made this point above; this building isn't being judged as 'untrendy' or 'out of mode' it is just an epic waste of 2.3m EUR.

Jose · January 17, 2010


Gee · January 17, 2010 03:19 AM

That doesn't excuse the design. It is still what it is - terrible design. It's not out of it's time, it's just inexcusably poor.

If anything, it's even more appalling that the designers looked back at the design after some time and didn't see how terrible it is!

Nicholas Patten · January 17, 2010

Colorful: Rivas Vaciamadrid Youth Center.

Bryan · January 16, 2010

This monstrosity of a brain fart is woven entirely from uncountable lumps of rubbish, but those completely rancid mesh panels in front of the windows have to be the stand-out piece of laughing-stock design in this project.

What was running through the veins of the person that conceived that joke!? I don't have enough negative vocabulary to do the star on the roof justice!

Ralph Kent · January 16, 2010

May I be the tenth to add to the chorus of disapproval? This looks like the product of someone OD-ing on sketchup, working in triangles without any thought to the pointlessness of those acute angles. I pity the cleaner who as to get in that 15' gap coming to a point up on that gallery level. Its what happens when people just pull nodes around without thinking about construction or use. As for the colour palette, it reminds me of a scary pinball machine in a dimly lit arcade. The fact that its trying to be jolly and jaunty actually backfires, its scary in the way that Child's Play is - it looks macabre and menacing behinds its failed attempt at joviality.

And to think someone had to pay 2.3m EUR for that!

Anon · January 16, 2010

Career suicide?

This is terrible.

Even looking objectively, rather than subjectively of the aesthetic, this is awful.

weeeh · January 16, 2010 un edificio muy lindo los colores

RGoldschmidt · January 16, 2010

Barbie's House now?

Greg · January 16, 2010 06:40 PM

Doubt it. Not as long as Barbie has eyes.

josep · January 15, 2010

well I think it's a bit scary but it could make a nice After party place not like Madrid needs more After but it could be a great use for that

Assis Haubert · January 15, 2010

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Salome · January 15, 2010

WTF!?! this building scares me...

Enceladus · January 15, 2010

...contemporary “social monument”
...punk spirit of Rivas Vaciamadrid? i'd like to see that, but i'm sure it does not look like an explosion of strawberry and orange cake.

oso · January 15, 2010

I guess nowadays youth means crazy

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Oscar · January 15, 2010


RoToR · January 15, 2010 05:10 PM

really, really bad ... looks like scene from music video from early 90s :/

Emilio J. Pérez · January 15, 2010

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Mathias D. Modena · January 15, 2010

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