Barceló Market, Sports Center and Library, Madrid
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos 

Barceló Market, Sports Center and Library, Madrid

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos 

The Barceló Market area in Madrid includes public spaces, buildings and temporary installations belonging to one same complex. Its multiple denomination – market/sports center/library – soon speaks of collective engagement and reveals the social condition of the program: a compact market topped by a sports pavilion framing the city, in front of which a cantilevered library rises above a schoolyard.

In this way the design assumes the coexistence of three simultaneous conceptions (container, frame, bridge) that address structural variations (space frame, cantilever, beam) and generate different civic spaces around them: a covered street, an elongated plaza, and a raised terrace. In this combinatorial matrix – a balance of functional needs, structural systems, and urban spaces – resides the dense and hybrid condition that characterizes the project. On the boundary between the historic center of Madrid and its later expansion, surrounded by historical buildings and contemporary structures, narrow streets, plazas and extensions, the market – whose interiors have not been built following the architects’ original project – expresses itself as an autonomous volume, located at the confluence of Mejía Lequerica and Beneficencia streets.

Separated by a narrow interior gallery-street of marked vertical proportion, the sports pavilion juts out over the market, the roof of which is actually a large raised public terrace from which one sees the Madrid roofscape. The library, located on the opposite side of the longitudinal plaza, hovers over the schoolyard, to which it is attached to create a complex that is formally related to the other buildings. The geometric definition and material expression of its enclosures show that – despite their varied uses – the new buildings belong to a shared time and place. A skin formed by large pieces of cast glass – white and opaline – unifies its exterior appearance, thus lending lightness and unity to the complex.

The treatment of the Santa Bárbara and Barceló squares, as well as that of the adjacent streets, will prompt citizens to perceive the affinity between the interventions that have taken place in the area, creating an unexpected puzzle in which each different element ends up earning sense only when all of them have been placed in their specific location.

Cliente Client
Ayuntamiento de Madrid Municipality of Madrid

Concurso 1er Premio. 2007 Competition 1st Prize. 2007

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano

SuperficieTotal floor area

Alfred Baladrón, Alexandra Sobral (arquitectos de proyecto project architects); Rocío Domínguez, Ernesto García Piza, Patricia Grande, Pedro Guedes, Miriam Aline Lange, Vanesa Manrique, Heitor García Lantarón, Juan Carlos Redondo, Borja Ruiz-Apilánez, Marta Torrecillas (equipo de proyecto project team); Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos-Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano, Miguel Mesas Izquierdo, Guillermo Mesas (dirección de obra site supervision); Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, Juan de Dios Hernández-Jesús Rey (maquetas models) 

N.B.35, S.L., Generaia, S.L. (estructura structural engineer); 3i Ingeniería Industrial, S.L. (instalaciones mechanical engineer); Arkilum, S.L. (iluminación lighting); Ove Arup & Partners, Fhecor Ingenieros Consultores (fachada facade)

Empresa constructora Construction company
U.T.E. Acciona, S.A. - Dragados, S.A.

Fotos Photos
Roland Halbe, Diego Hernández (maquetas models)

Concurso Competition