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Madrid Río


• “Metropolis Award″. 2014. Madrid Río.

• “Green Good Design Award″. 2013. Madrid Río.

• “International Architecture Awards 2012″. The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Madrid Río.

• “Premio FAD 2012″ (“2012 FAD Awards”)  Architecture and Landscape. Madrid Río.

• “Premio Arquitectura Plus 2012″ (“Architecture Plus Awards”)  Best Project for Public  Spaces Architecture and Infrastructure. Madrid Río.

• “Premio Asprima 2012″ (“2006 Asprima Awards”). Best Urban Planning or Urban Renewal”. Madrid Rio.

• “Distinciones COAM a la Obra de la Arquitectos 2012″ (“COAM Best Building Award 2012″) Madrid Rio.

• “Premio de Diseño Urbano y Paisajismo Internacional” (“Urban Design and International Landscaping  Award “)  Comité Internacional de Críticos de Arquitectura (CICA). XIII Bienal de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires. Madrid Río.

• “Premio de la Demarcación de Madrid 2011″ del Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos. Premio a la Mejor Obra Pública.

• “Premios Asprima 2009”.(“Asprima Awards 2009”) Planning Award. Urban planning in Avenida de Portugal, Madrid.


The green network project in the banks of the Manzanares.

An international ideas competition was launched by Madrid city council to restore the traffic liberated spaces. The winning proposal was the project submitted by the team formed by the architecture offices Burgos & Garrido, Porras & La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez Sala and the Dutch office West 8. The winning team was commissioned the redaction of the Spaecial Plan Manzanares River. The team won in 2005 the international competition to create an urban project for the liberated land resulting after the burial of the highway. The project, already finished, connects Madrid with the valuable landscapes around the city.  The city of Madrid dug 43 kilometres of tunnels into which the exit routes and motorways of the six-kilometre section along the River Manzanares disappeared. The Team designed the master plan for the reclaimed riverbanks and the new urban area. Development plans were then prepared for the individual components: Salón de Pinos, Avenida de Portugal, Huerta de la Partida, Jardines de Puente de Segovia, Jardines de Puente de Toledo, Jardines de la Virgen del Puerto and Arganzuela Park. The most important of which include: the Salón de Pinos, designed as a linear green space, which will link the existing and newly designed urban spaces with each other along the Manzanares River, located almost entirely on top of the motorway tunnel, with a “choreography” of the 8.000-fold pine tree planting with a repertoire of cuts. Avenida de Portugal, one of the most important roads into the centre of Madrid, relocated in a tunnel and providing underground parking, converting the space into a garden, benefitting the local residents in particular with cherry. Huerta de la Partida, the old Royal Palace is now a modern interpretation of the orchard and a wide variety of fruit trees in groups, formed from skipping ranks. For the Arganzuela Park, the dominating motive is the water. The canalized and damped river Manzanares is surrounded by his architectonical walls. The different streams have their own characters. Puentes Cascara, sevring as bridges and iconic landmark, creates a place where the river is really experienced. They are designed as a massive concrete dome with a rough texture which have the scale of park elements with more than one hundred cables resembling whale baleens wearing the slim steel deck and the ceilings of a mosaic by artist Daniel Canogar. The first parts were completed in spring 2007 and in spring 2011 the project has approached its completion. © West 8 What is Madrid Río? The municipality of Madrid, with the aim of recovering the banks of the Manzanares, incorporating the land released to bury the M-30, decided to convene an international ideas competition also serve to rekindle the debate about public space in cities. The competition was organized in two phases: the first, open-ended, concluded with the selection of two projects submitted by teams in Madrid: the José María Ezquiaga and led by Ginés Garrido-composed studies Burgos / Garrido, Porras / La Casta and Rubio & Alvarez-Sala, along with Dutch landscape of West 8 -. Both projects were added to a second phase to compete with those of the six studies who attended by invitation: Peter Eisenman, Herzog and de Meuron, Dominique Perrault, Sejima and Nishizawa and Baldeweg Lapeña and Torres Martinez. Finally the winner was the team Garrido, with a proposed “ecological vocation of clear fundamental objective pursued recover the continuity of forests near Madrid, creating a seamless system of green areas in the river which serves as the backbone in the recomposition today a fragmented territory ” In June 2008, the Government Department of Planning of the City of Madrid presented a plan for the recovery of the Manzanares River, restoring the natural habitat of the environment for the enjoyment of residents. Titled MadridRío Project, the plan became a reality thanks to the 30th Street project, initiated in September 2004, by which soterraba the M30 ring road. The river and its banks have been transformed into a park and a wide promenade, providing access to the river to residents who were previously separated from it by the road.


Technical details
  1. Schedule Year: 2005
  2. End Year: 2011
  3. Architecture: Burgos y Garrido, Mrio, Porras-Lacasta, Rubio & Álvarez- Sala, West 8
  4. Promoter: Ayuntamiento de Madrid
  5. Infographies: Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Hpal, Juan José Mateos Bermejo, Mrio
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