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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
22/01/2020

Linazasoro & Sánchez, regeneration of Puerta del Sol in Madrid

 
The Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, announced plans to recover the winning project in 2014 of the call for ideas ‘Piensa Sol’, convened by the Madrid Insitute of Architects (COAM), to renovate Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. The construction works are set to begin in 2021.

The winning proposal, called ‘El sol del membrillo’, was designed by José Ignacio Linazasoro and Ricardo Sánchez, who took as reference the extension project for this emblematic square drawn in the mid-19th-century by Lucio del Valle, and which addressed the traffic congestion with a balanced solution and clear spaces.

With a flexible design for changing uses, the winning project removes some elements and re-groups others in two pavilions located at the ends of the east-west axis (kiosks, booths, lifts, subway exits, etc.). In this way, the central space of the plaza becomes a large urban forum where different events can take place without interfering with the daily commercial activities.

The project proposes removing traffic along Calle Alcalá between Puerta del Sol and Calle Sevilla, and regulating it along the east-west axis through the plaza from Calle Mayor towards Carrera de San Jerónimo. Loading and unloading areas are concentrated at the ends of the plaza.

The metro exits on Calle Montera are placed between the benches, and to dignify the façade of the Casa de Correos, the Metro entrance in front of it is moved to Calle Carretas.

In the north arch, a leisure area with benches – the design of which will be chosen by competition – creates concave spaces that delimit the commercial area with regards to a central open space with a fountain.

The statues of Mariblanca and El Oso y el Madroño on the northern arch delimit the area of benches, which now serves as base for the monuments. The statue of Carlos III on the east-west axis, rotated, brings out the facade of the Casa de Correos building.

Most of the lighting is embedded in the plaza, under the benches and sculptures, the sides of the pavilions, and the fountain, with lamp posts along along the facades of the buildings.

The result is an orderly, open space where all elements are grouped along the east-west axis and the north arch.
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