In 2009, the Berlin studio Grüntuch Ernst won the competition to design the new German School in Madrid. Located in the recently developed neighborhood of Montecarmelo, to the north of the city, and taking up a plot of 34,000 square meters, the complex is conceived as a spatially rich geometric landscape that aims to adapt to the climate. Today it is the largest civil project of the German government in a foreign country, accomodating around 2,000 students when it starts running in September 2015. The project has received prizes in Germany for the use of renewable energies, because it includes a thermal labyrinth that resorts to earth temperature in order to control that of the building.