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Technical and practice - Madrid Memorial

Massive blocks of borosilicate glass, normally used for camera lenses, form a shimmering monument to the 2004 traim bombings.

‘Light was the material which built the structure,’ says Pedro Colón of FAM, the Madrid practice which designed the city’s 11 March Memorial, a glass cylinder located amid a swirl of traffic on a roundabout in front of Atocha station. Inaugurated last March, three years to the day after the 11 March 2004 attacks on four suburban trains left 191 dead, the 11m-high memorial comprises over 15,000 bespoke glass blocks laid with transparent adhesive cured by UV lamps.

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