The exaggerated separation between domestic space (Orense street) and business space (Castellana avenue), has generated a “no-space,” where urban life is impossible. This separation should be bridged with a new kind of shared program
The concave profile of the original project, which consists of one main entranceway facing the Castellana, creates an unnecessary barrier against the residential district on the other side. Modifying this area with a convex space allows the inhabitants to cross AZCA from north to south, and from east to west, helping to connect the various areas of the city
AZCA will be transformed from an array of buildings some of which have a small private garden, to one giant garden of buildings. This new park will be aligned with the levels of the sidewalks of the four streets delineating the AZCA area
Beneath this park we extended the existing commercial surface, increasing its size, intensity, and public accessibility, making it a part of a brand new type of public space
We propose to build a colony of cultural foundations, where each new one becomes a shadow construction of the larger corporate buildings to which the foundations belong. Their placement creates a cultural axis that connects Nuevos Ministerios to the south and the Madrid Congress Hall to the North, becoming the new cultural axis in northern Madrid
The new park acts as an unifying carpet that links the the formerly separated domestic and office spaces. In the Southeastern corner we proposed to replace the banal commercial center with a mixed-use new skyscraper
This skyscraper has a public-access open space located at the height of the tallest existing building in AZCA. The structure adapts its triangulation to the changes in section
Despite its situation, the corner at Nuevos Ministerios boasts one of the worse urban conditions in the city. The fire of the Windsor skyscraper was an opportunity to rethink the relationship between commerce, traffic, work, leisure and pleasure