Playfully Reimagining Madrid’s Urban Realm

Courtesy of Andrés Carretero,

How often are spontaneous, primitive, radical actions implemented in large urban centres? Siempre Fiesta (or Always Party) by Andrés Carretero and Carolina Klocker was recently voted by the We-Traders community as their favourite in the recent Open Call Madrid competition. Viewing the city through children’s eyes, where the order of the day is primarily playing or making, and using the concept of “free movement of our body in space” as a key driver, Carretero and Klocker developed a playful scheme that proposed filling a niche in ’s urban grid with sand as a way of managing the environment to create “comfortable space.”

Hotel The Mirror Barcelona / GCA Arquitectes

© Jordi Miralles

Architects: GCA Arquitectes
Location: Kumon | Centro Córcega, 08029 ,
Partner Architect: Josep Riu de Martín
Architect In Charge: Emilio Rodríguez-Martos
Area: 3300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jordi Miralles

High School Extension / SMS Arquitectos

© Jose Hevia

Architects: SMS Arquitectos
Location: Carrer Joan Coll-Vell Duc, 2, 07008 , Balearic Islands, Spain
Architect In Charge: Albeto Sánchez, Aina Salvà, Antonio Marqués
Area: 698.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jose Hevia

New Building for “El Redin” School in Pamplona / Otxotorena Arquitectos

© Rubén Pérez Bescós

Architects: Otxotorena Arquitectos
Location: Pamplona, Navarre,
Project Architect: Juan M. Otxotorena Elizegi
Collaborator: Gloria Herrera Damas
Project Area: 1,478 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Rubén Pérez Bescós, José Manuel Cutillas

Social Housing in Terrassa / TAC Arquitectes

© José Hevia

Architects: TAC Arquitectes
Location: Carretera de Rellinars, Terrassa, , Spain
Project Architects: Eduard Gascón, Jordi Roig
Project Area: 9,367 sqm
Photography: José Hevia

Health Center In San Juan / Francisco Mangado

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Francisco Mangado
Location: Pamplona, Navarre,
Design Team: Alfonso Alzugaray. Carlos Urzainqui, Carlos Pereda
Area: 3,725 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe

New Shelter in Ruavieja / Sergio Rojo

© José Manuel Cutillas

Location: , La Rioja, Spain
Project Area: 650 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

Pilar de la Horadada Promenade / Joaquín Alvado Bañón

© David Frutos

Architects: Joaquín Alvado Bañón
Location: Calle Mayor, 03190 , Alicante, Spain
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Frutos

Comisaría Provincial De Albacete / Matos-Castillo Arquitectos

© Hisao Suzuki

Architects: Matos-Castillo Arquitectos
Location: , Spain
Architects In Charge: Alberto Martínez Castillo, Beatriz Matos Castaño
Area: 5,265 sqm
Photographs: Hisao Suzuki

Álvaro Siza + Juan Domingo Santos Design “New Gate of Alhambra”

Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + ; Rendering by LT Studios

Commissioned after winning an international competition in 2010, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera and -based Juan Domingo Santos have unveiled designs for a new entrance and visitors center at the Alhambra World Heritage site. A result of “superimposing a regular geometry over a territory of topography,” the new gate rearranges visitor access into the more than 1000-year-old monument through a series of enclosed, shaded courtyards and open, sunlit terraces.

Following to his experience at the Alhambra in 2009, Siza journaled about his envision for the new gate, stating: “…from bright sun to shadows, from warmth to coolness, from wide to intimate focus, I like to dream about my project before I set it down in any detail.”

Urban Elevator in Echavaoiz / AH Asociados

© Imagina2 visualization studio

Architects: AH Asociados
Location: Echavacoiz, Grupo Urdanoz, s/n, 31009 Pamplona, , Navarre, Spain
Architect In Charge: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón, Marcos Escartín Miguel, Mikel Zabalza Zamarbide
Design Team: Patricia Biain Ugarte, Esperanza Marrodán, María José Alonso, Xabier Eskisabel, Eduardo Ozcoidi Echarren, Michel Aldaz García-Mina, Javier Gironés
Year: 2013
Photographs: Imagina2 visualization studio

219 Social Dwellings in Vitoria / Francisco Mangado

© Pedro Pegenaute

Architects: Francisco Mangado
Location: , Álava,
Design Team: José Gastaldo. Idoia Alonso. Carlos Urzainqui
Area: 34,591 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Film Theatre of Catalonia / Mateo Arquitectura

© Adrià Goula

Architects: Mateo Arquitectura
Location: , Spain
Architect In Charge: Josep Lluís Mateo
Area: 7,515 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Building Carmen Martín Gaite / Estudio Beldarrain

© Francisco Berreteaga

Architects: Estudio Beldarrain
Location: UC3M – Campus de , , Madrid, Spain
Architect In Charge: Juan Beldarrain
Area: 21153.0 sqm
Photographs: Francisco Berreteaga

Campus Repsol / Rafael de La-Hoz

© Filippo Poli

Architects: Rafael de La-Hoz
Location: Calle de Méndez Álvaro, 50, 28045 ,
Area: 123000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filippo Poli

Police Headquarters in Logroño / Matos-Castillo Arquitectos

© Hisao Suzuki

Architects: Matos-Castillo Arquitectos
Location: Calle Serradero, , La Rioja, Spain
Architects In Charge: Alberto Martínez Castillo, Beatriz Matos Castaño
Area: 7,858 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hisao Suzuki

Soccer Stadium La Balastera / Francisco Mangado

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Francisco Mangado
Location: , Spain
Area: 15,200 sqm
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Restoration and adaptation of a 16th century Chapel in Brihuega / Adam Bresnick

© Eugeni Pons

Architects: Adam Bresnick
Location: Avenida Constitución, 4, 19400 , Guadalajara, Spain
Year: 2012
Photographs: Eugeni Pons