Location Madrid (Spain)
Area 56.000 m²
Status Project in progress
Collaborator Diller Scofidio + Renfro & Gustafson Bowman + Porter
Typology Urban Design
Visuals Courtesy of the design team of DS+R
Team Fermín Vázquez, Pedro Baltar, Laura Martín, Sara García, Jimena Jaén
The project will turn the AZCA area into a more connected, open and accessible space under the umbrella of sustainability, creating an urban ecosystem of great biodiversity formed by native plant species and by evoking ancient riverbeds that mix rainwater harvesting and storage systems for irrigation. At the heart of the superblock is a large green meadow capable of hosting outdoor activities.
The project is a complex urban planning operation that should transform a historically degraded area in the city center into a green lung.
To promote biodiversity on the site, the aim is to replicate existing plant typologies in the Madrid region, planting native species and creating new urban habitats that promote human coexistence with species of flora and fauna native to the region. On the other hand, the collection of rainwater, channeled through water games, allows the storage of water in order to provide self-sufficient irrigation.