Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and landscape architect Grant Associates have won planning permission for a huge masterplan in Madrid
The 500ha, office and residential-led Madrid Castellana Norte masterplan will transform an enormous swathe of underused land near to Chamartín railway station in the north of the Spanish capital.
The project – understood to be the largest in Madrid for more than 20 years – will upgrade local transport infrastructure and create a green corridor connecting to the city’s existing El Paseo del Castellana thoroughfare and promenade.
Grant Associates founder and director Andrew Grant said: ‘This bold plan to renew the northernmost area of Madrid takes the city to the forefront of sustainable urban planning. The design of Madrid Castellana Norte is all about improving people’s quality of life and boosting the connectivity of this part of the city.
‘A network of green public spaces is fundamental to this vision. New parks will unify the different elements of the new district while connecting the city to the wonderful mountainous parkland on its north-west fringe.’
Grant Associates senior associate Ibrahim Diaz added: ‘The landscape strategy is based on creating a succession of different sensory experiences and public spaces rather than a single unique space. It should serve to create a strong sense of place and identity for the people who work, visit or live in this formerly overlooked part of one of Spain’s great cities.’
Madrid Castellana Norte masterplan by RSHP and Grant Associates