Wednesday 30 September 2009

New Chamber of Architects

The old three-cornered complex of "Escuelas Pías de San Antón" with church, convent and the beautiful foutain Galapagos (fuente galápagos) will be cleared of all internal structure, achieving only the church and fachades with the foutain.Beside of the chamber it will be contain a library and a públic swimming-pool and better the social condicions of the neighbourhood.

Monday 21 September 2009

White night in Madrid (I)

Like every year the art department of the local government had organized Bread and Games for the masses. Because we are we went, too.
Thousands of people saw illuminated streets, parks and avenues like the Gran Vía you can appreciate down this lines. Various artists presented their work all over the capital. See more in .

White night in Madrid (II)

White night in Madrid (III)

Friday 18 September 2009

Columbus Square

Another view to Plaza de Colón (Columbus square). In the background the Colon Building, in the foreground Barclays Bank and the conversion of an 70th administrative building with a contemporary fachade. In the undergroud floor is situated the Madrid wax museum. The three building, two of them with concrete elements, the new one with light metalic sheets.

Friday 11 September 2009

Urban illness.

We are back. Back with urban damages like the one you can "appreciate" in this picture. Winner of an architectural competition the young authors do not know to realize it in the urban context. Who is to blame? The jury, the architects, the promotor? I do not know. It looks like a conversion of an old building whose green garden had been converted into a (beautiful) metalic fence.

Thursday 9 July 2009

Gay's Proud

In Gay's Proud (Orgullo gay) some buildings change dresses to be more comfortable. Here one of the room-mate hotels, all called with unique names. Days we have to go out for sleep because there are crowdes of people and lots of decibels. If you have been ever in Spain you know what I am talking about.

Wednesday 24 June 2009

Puerta del Sol.

This is not the famous Puerta del Sol (Gate of the sun), but the impression is the same. Soon I will tell you more about the point cero of spanish highways.

Thursday 18 June 2009

Roofing I.

The Second Republic opened the way to the northern extension of the city by demolition of the racecourse. A 1964 competion defined the actual commercial centre called AZCA, with symbolic buildings by architects like Francisco Sainz de Oíza with his BBVA-Bank building (1981) or the Picasso Tower (1988) by New York´s World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki. Behind those you can see the Kia-Towers around Castilla square. In the background the skyline of Madrid´s four megatowers you found lots of pictures in this blog.

Sunday 14 June 2009

Markets (VI)

We are back again. Hello fellows, here the photo of the Mayor Square you wanted we post. A lot of work and a journey to Barcelone to my wife´s sister delays a little our daily blog (that never was a daily but a two-times-a-week one).
This square, originally created by king´s Philip II. of Spain arquitect Juan de Herrera in the 1590th it was finished in 1619 closing its still open fronts. Once place for market and justice, today it is one of the most beautiful squares in Spain with lots of cultural events all the year.

Wednesday 27 May 2009

Markets (V)

North of Toledo Street leads directly to Madrid´s most famous square you see in the background: Mayor square. Its the traditional old market place in spanish cities mostly bordered by artisticly worked fachades. The most famous ones you find in Madrid, Salamanca, Barcelona (there its called: Real square) and Chinchon, nearby Madrid.

Sunday 24 May 2009

Monuments II.

Another point of view of >The monument of the discovery of America<. I hope you like it, too.

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Ring...ring. Ring...ring.

The globalplayer Telefónica (Spanish Telecom) has opened two years ago its spanish headquarters, designed by famous architect Rafael de La-Hoz Castanys. It occupies 200.000 squaremeters formed of various buildings creating a great rectangle where 18.000 employees are working.

Friday 15 May 2009

Saint Isidro

Today lots of adults and children wear their traditional clothes at St. Isidros holiday. They go out to have lunch in the Pradera de San Isidro, a park beside of the Manzanares river. The way the man is dresses is called >chulapo<.

Thursday 7 May 2009

Stairway to heaven.

The Iglesia Parroquial Santa Bárbara (Parish Church of St. Barbara) was built between 1750 to 1758 by François Carlier and Francisco Moradillo. It formed part of the Convento de la Visitación de las Salesas Reales whose backside part nowadays houses the Supreme Court. After a great fire in 1915 it was rebuilt by Joaquín Rojí.

Thursday 30 April 2009

Monuments I.

This sculpure(s) from 1977 called >The monument of the discovery of America< by Joaquín Vaquero Turcios is one of two situated at Plaza Colón (Colombus Square). It consists of three concrete blocks and pedestrials with inscriptions by philosophers and indigenous leaders.
I will go out to discover London once again.

Tuesday 28 April 2009

Iron and stone.

Detail of the building of the old "Banco Español de credito" (Spanish Credit Bank) - now Banesto. Its actual appearance it had since 1882, last rehabilitation. It is one example for eclectic style you find a lot near Sevilla street.

Friday 24 April 2009


Calle Alcalá - spoken Alka-la - is one of Madrid's largest streets. It joins the citycenter with the most famous square Sol ("Sun"), and the suburbs of the town, 15km far apart from Sol. The towerbuilding in the centre of the image houses the Circulo of Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Academy). For an entrance fee of 1 Euro you can both enter in the fantastic turn of the century cafeteria and visit lots of extraordinary fine arts expositions.

Tuesday 21 April 2009


Gran Vía (literally "Great Way") is one of Madrid's most famous and most crowded streets. It leads from the Metropolis-Building to Plaza España, passing Callao where is the heart of it. Because of the elevate number of cinemas and musicals it is called sometimes the Broadway of Madrid.

>In the mid 19th century, Madrid's urban planners decided that a new thoroughfare had to be created, connecting the Calle de Alcalá with the Plaza España. The project required many buildings in the center of the city to be demolished, earning it the name of 'an axe blow on the map'. Decades after the first plans were made, construction still had not started and the media ridiculed the project, cynically calling it the 'Gran Vía'. Finally in 1904 it was approved and construction started a couple of years later. The last part of the street was completed in 1929.< (Wikipedia)

Friday 17 April 2009


Leaving main streets there are lots of them with silence and poetic urbanism. Like in this picture nearby the opera.

Tuesday 14 April 2009

Markets (IV)

The dissapperance of houses lets pass the sunlight through the town.

Thursday 9 April 2009

Red clock.

The clock of the Telefonica (Spanish Telecom) Building and the building itself are two important landmarks of the city. Built between 1926 and 1929 by the architect Ignacio de Cárdenas Pastor it was the highest building in Europe at this moment with a height of 89,30m.

Tuesday 7 April 2009


Last floor. I go out of the elevator. There is no closed staircase in my house. All open. Madrid's air is passing through. I can see the Telefonica's Building with its clock, red lighted at night. I see the disorder of roofing that is a texture of tiles, tubes and stacks. There is chaos in front of the grand white open of the blue omnipotent sky.

Friday 3 April 2009


The Government-Department of Health and Consumers Protection in Prado's promenade and in front of the eponymous museum was designed by the architect Francisco de Asis Cabrero in 1949. Yes, 1949. And it is always an icon of spanish modern architecture although built in time of Francisco Franco's dictature. Once elevated to house the trade-union, in the democracy it became building for the ministry. Its perfect cubic volume stands for the perfection architects are looking for since ever.

Tuesday 31 March 2009

Markets (III)


Friday 27 March 2009

Markets (II)

I shot this photo during the destruction of San Anton's market. It will be another one with three parking levels and an all-open supermarket of the marketing chain OpenCor of the Corte Inglés. In this never sleeping Chueca neighbourhood I suppose it achieves success. The owners had planned to integrate some of the old stands, too.

Tuesday 24 March 2009

Sunny days.

Nearby the most famous square Sol ("sun") you find some extraordinary views, like this with the VITALICIO Insurance Building and the old Abbey of the Conception.

Tuesday 17 March 2009


If you leave mainstreets of Chueca neighbourhood you can find some extraordinary facades, sometimes like in this foto with a little garden in front of it. Chueca, the centrical little square and the underground-station, whose name is dedicated to the composer Federico Chueca, is the most gayfriendly neighbourhood in Madrid. Once a high-criminated zone, it developed in the late nineties to an vanguardian and modern neighbourhood. But: there are lots of senior citizen who always had been lived there. It is the tolerant way of living I like, this contrast to see a couple of two men and an aged woman buying bread in the same shop.

Friday 13 March 2009

One of them.

One bright night I went out to take a shot.
Looking for the right light I caught a lot.

Thursday 12 March 2009

Tower Zoom...

I'm so glad that "H" (hache) finally got some time to post (I hope he keep on posting). His photos are great. ¿don't you think?...
Making echo of SKY and SCAPER post by "H" the other day I bring you a Tower Zoom of the 3 tallest building in Madrid and in Spain. The Sacyr-Vallehermoso tower, designed by the architects Carlos Rubio Carvajal and Enrique Álvarez-Sala Walter, is 236 meters high and it has 52 floors...

Wednesday 11 March 2009

Dedicated to two women

Don't mind I want to addict to sensational images. But these centrical square nearby Gran Via and underground-station Callao had been reformed after commiting two knifings. Two women, working in the street, were murdered in it in the last three years. I think it's a shame that have to happen things like that to change urban spaces, don´t you?

Sunday 8 March 2009

Markets (I.)

Neighbourhood Justicia's old markets are nearly disappeared; one of the last is the Barcelo-Market near the Tribunal underground-station. But the new proyect with another shopping-center, culturecenter and public swimming-pools has already the license-to-be-built.

Thursday 5 March 2009


Madrid's four new skyscrapers, sawn of Chamartin's station in the north of the town.

Tuesday 24 February 2009

Sunday Walk...

It's being hard to page up every thing I'm doing lately, but this weekend I took some time to shot around Madrid while walking around with some friends... If your comming to Madrid (on sunday) you cannot miss the "CAÑAS Y TAPAS" (small beers and tapas) at "LA LATINA" after the Rastro Market...

Thursday 12 February 2009

Sunset Over "Casón del Buen Retiro"

When coming up from the Prado Museum main building to the Retiro park you'll find the "Casón del Buen Retiro". Pavilion building, designed by Alonso Carbonell in 1637, originally it was the Buen Retiro Palace dance room, now it's part of Prado Museum complex. The Neo-classic apearence arrived in the XIX century after the destruction of the Buen Retiro Palace and the ampliation of the original building.

Tuesday 10 February 2009

Manzanares River

Many of you probably don't know, but Madrid as a river!... Yes!... A river!... It's name is Manzanares, it runs on the south part of the city, and is an affluent of the Jarama river that at it's time is an affluent of the more know Tagus river, the largest of Iberian peninsula, the one that pases throw some beautiful cities as Toledo or Lisbon.
At this moment the area around of the Manzanares river, is a big (long) "terrain vague" waiting for the "super" park that politicians have promised, before it was an high-way (called M-30, now its buried, a big tunnel 14 or 16 km long, even if you don't see it is there)...

Friday 6 February 2009

Retiro Sky Watch!...

...¡I did it!... Ufff... Here's my Friday sky watch... work is killing me, but in a crisis situation as this its only good news!!! :-) have a nice week-end everyone...

Thursday 5 February 2009

Caixa Forum StairCase...

I'm sorry if I'm not posting every day but work is really "killing me" lately... I hope to get back to normal really soon... :-)
I leave you with a Caixa Forum Interior, the big staircase... It reminds me some of Escher drawings!... what do you think?!?... I'll try to post some sky watch tomorrow...

Thursday 29 January 2009

Caixa Forum

Some of the best things Madrid as to offer are Museums, and contemporary architecture. Here is an example of both together, the Caixa Forum by Herzog and DeMeuron... One of the most recent cultural spaces on Spain's Capital; sure is a wonderful place to pass Sunday afternoon...

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Wednesday 28 January 2009

National Library Entrance

When entering the National Library some statues bring back to your memory some of the precursors of Spanish culture, this is from Saint Isidoro. In an almost perfect day near to a building like this, and a beautiful winter light, you can't help feeling small... but happy!!!.... :-)

Tuesday 27 January 2009

New Lenses...

I'm just amazed with my new wide angle lenses!!! Every thing you see is in it... :-o
Here's an early morning shot on Goya street looking at the 'Concepción de Nuestra Señora' Church and Velásquez subway entrance...

Friday 23 January 2009

"José Hierro" Public Libray Interior

I leave you with some shots from the interior of the library. The first one, the entrance hall from above (from the 3rd floor) and the other one of the library rooms. Have a nice weekend every one!!!

Thursday 22 January 2009

"José Hierro" Public Library

The Usera Public Library is a "landmark building" by the architects Ábalos y Herreros, built in 2002, it takes part on a 3 building promenade, together with the Usera Police Station and the Usera Health Center, creating an important urban space in a somehow caotic city pattern from the late 50's, 60's and 70's...

To Know More...

Wednesday 21 January 2009

Late... but Back... Happy 2009!!!...

Hello everyone Happy New Year!!!... Happy 2009!!!... I'm Back after a big vacation but I really need it, to start the New Year of full shape!... Thank for your kind comments on my blogs... I leave u today with a shot of the firework first firework of the year...