A long weekend in Madrid: an enlightening destination for architectural exploration, and some welcome early summer sun. NHA were treated to a packed itinerary, curated by our own Madrilènes architects.
We kicked-off with Sáenz de Oiza's extraordinary Torres Blancas building, a landmark of 1960s brutalism, followed by visits to some of Madrid’s finest contemporary and modernist buildings. Highlights included the improbable cantilevers of the Hipodromo de la Zarzuela, a magnificent concrete structure built in the 1930s, and a tour of Madrid Rio by Rubio Arquitectura, their collaborative intervention that has recreated a major part of the city through new public realm, landscape and the establishment of a cultural district. The first day was capped off with tapas and flamenco lasting until the early hours.
The following day necessarily took a slower pace. A lucky few were treated to a tour of the modernist masterpiece Casa Javier Carvajal, whilst others took the opportunity to explore the city more leisurely, guided by some suggested walking tours. Particular thanks to Carmela Carvajal for her exemplary organization and unflagging enthusiasm!
Sitting outside Edificio Castelar, by Rafael de La-Hoz Arquitectos