Diego Iglesias Gomez

Diego Iglesias Gomez

Madrid, ES


Multi-connector at plaza de España, Madrid.

The origin of the Plaza de España in Madrid gets back to 1950s, conceived to be the new modern core of the city, where the highest buildings –the Tower Madrid and the Spain Building– were built. But due to a set of facts, this aim was not achieved and, nowadays, most of the buildings in this plaza are partially or totally empty and it has not become relevant in the city’s urban structure.


Located in between the Royal Palace and the Debod Temple gardens, the location of this huge public space in Madrid’s urban context is very interesting. The first aim of the proposal is to improve the connection (physical and visual) between these two green areas. The masterplan includes the design of a multifunctional building conceived as a pile of suspended pedestrian and traffic public-access bridges that wind around the edge of the actual Ferraz Street.

The design responds to the physical landscape of the site and the floor plan is conceived as a landscape park enhancing the public realm with easier walk-by connections. The first level bridge corresponds to the Ferraz Street, which rises to let people walk freely beneath it. Over this first bridge, a pile of public-access bridges and platforms are suspended and its shapes adapt to the surrounding context.


The building is conceived as an infrastructure that provides the city and the users basic support to settle temporary substructures as amenities-packs over the platforms, but always leaving some free-access space so as not to interrupt the generated physical connections.

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Status: School Project
Location: Madrid, ES