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Rivas Vaciamadrid Youth Center / Mi5 Arquitectos

  • Architects: Mi5 Arquitectos
  • 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: Dragados
  • Budget: 2.344.502 €
  • Area: 1834.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

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
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