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Arquitectura en Madrid


Monday, January 3, 2011

Spanish architect Francisco Javier Saenz de Oiza built these dramatic apartments, Torres Blancas, in 1968.  They are no longer “blancas” but they are still an expressive and distinctive modern landmark of Madrid’s Avenida de America.

The Torres KIO in Plaza Castilla are the modern leaning towers also known as Puerta de Europa, the gateway to Europe.  Built in 1989 by American architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, these towers are featured in one of our favorite movies by Alex de la Iglesia, El Dia de la Bestia.

The whole world is looking at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu now that Spain has won the last World Cup.  Madeover by Lamela Architects, Real Madrid’s fans are giddy with delight!  We mostly saw men having their wives/girlfriends take pictures of them in front of the stadium.

New York’s World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki was the original designer of the Torre Picasso…but then he died.  So it was completed by Alas Casariego.   Up until 2007 it was Spain’s tallest building.

The BBVA building at Nuevos Ministerios, designed by Saenz Oiza (architect of Torres Blancas), is a beautiful steel and glass structure which is atop a rail tunnel.  As you get closer to the building, you notice the rusted steel and aluminum parasols on each floor that give the building its character.

The Faro de la Moncloa, built in 1992 by Salvador Perez, is 92 meters high.  I’m sure there are spectacular views from the top… but it’s been closed since 2005.   Come on Madrid, get with it!!!  Anyway, it’s so spacey and futuristic… a perfect place for the Anytime Rangers!

We loved this one-armed bench.

We are not sure what is inside this building, but we love how the old and new Madrid meet and live together side by side.

Cine Dore, operated by the Filmoteca Nacional Espanola, is one of Madrid’s original cinemas.  I used to go to this cinema so that I could see movies in their original language versions (dubbed Woody Allen is just weird).  But what is also really cool is the art nouveau cafe, full of artsy intellectuals drinking coffee while having a post-movie chat.

The Hotel Puerta America has its good and its bad.  The building itself is definitely not on the ‘good’ list and the whole concept behind the hotel is pretty ambitious (a collection of 19 top international architects and designers all showcasing their acts under one roof).  But we did bump into some interesting parts of the hotel, such as John Pawson‘s lobby (however, whoever added all the christmas decorations really messed up the beauty of Pawson’s minimalist structure), Marc Newson‘s bar and Christian Liaigre’s restaurant.  Unfortunately the hotel could not take us to see Zaha Hadid‘s all white first floor rooms.

One Response to “Arquitectura en Madrid”


  1. Valeria Valiente Says:

    so PHALLICO!!!

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