Madrid is well known for its architectural diversity. Since inception as city capital of Spain, Madrid has passed through different architectonic styles. From baroque (for example the Palacio Real) to neoclassic (like the Museo del Prado). Contemporary architecture is also present in Madrid with buildings like the old “Barceló” cinema or “LaCaixa Forum”

The quality of this contemporary architecture in Madrid is so that the official college of architects of Madrid (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid) or (COAM) has decided to present a document with a list of 150 buildings of modern architecture so they can be declared of cultural interest.

We take a look at some of these buildings.

Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas

Avenida Hispanidad, s/n. This marvelous airport, unequivocal show of the best contemporary architecture opens its doors on the 22nd of April of 1931, replacing Getafe and Carabanchel airports. Although commercial traffic didn’t open until 1933, today it sees through its air, 70 million passengers per year. In March 2014, to honour the first president of the Transition, Adolfo Suárez, it changes its name. A curiosity? Its first flight that landed in MAD (its official nomenclature) came from Getafe, in 1931.

Edificio Mirador

Calle Princesa de Éboli, 13-21. This apartment building wanted to stand out in style and habitability. It is called “El Mirador”, translated as “Bay ¨Window” because it is a terrace with a view to the mountains. This contemporary building shows that architecture can be blaneded with nature.

Museo Reina Sofía

Calle Santa Isabel, 52. What better example of contemporary architecture than the refence in contemporary art in Spain? The Reina Sofía museum gives home to Picasso’s impressive “Guernica”, one of his most important work of art.

CaixaForum Madrid

Paseo Prado, 36. Impressive vertical garden that accompanies this equally impressive building. In its interior we do not only find architectural beauty but also practicality. It hosts multiple expositions and events.


Edificio Girasol

Calle Lagasca, 90. Magnificent building with the specificity of every house being independent from the others. You wouldn’t say it’s built in 1964, seeing it’s a perfect example of contemporary architecture.

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