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Find out more about Arup’s guided walk for Open House Madrid 2019

Isabel Iglesias Isabel Iglesias Europe Press Office, Spain
25 September 2019

Arup will host a tour of its most iconic projects in Madrid, as it supports the city’s Open House architecture festival for the fifth consecutive year.

The programme for the festival, which takes place in more than 40 cities across the world, allows free entrance into some of the host city's most iconic buildings over the course of a weekend, together with guided tours and talks about the built environment.

Taking place on the weekend of September 28-29, Open House Madrid will pay homage to modernist architect Miguel Fisac. His work includes examples of bold Spanish post-war architecture including the eastern-inspired silhouette of the now-demolished ‘Pagoda’ building, presented as a stack of five square-plan rotated floors.

A group of Arup volunteers will offer a guided tour of some of the city's most remarkable buildings such as the Prado National Museum, the Reina Sofía National Art Centre Museum, the Palace Hotel and social and arts centre La Casa Encendida. The tour will also take in Arup’s Spain office, as well as a walk exploring the architecture of the local neighbourhood, Los Jerónimos. The walk will take in a range of buildings in this well to do area, departing from the Church of San Jerónimo el Real and wrapping up in Plaza de Cibeles.

Arup volunteers explaining La Casa Encendida Arup volunteers explaining La Casa Encendida

“I encourage everyone to go out on the weekend and take advantage of the opportunity offered by this wonderful architecture festival. For those of us who are volunteers, and also architects, this experience is very gratifying. I have been designing the tours for the last three years and I am surprised by something new in each edition, both from the city and from the attendees”. ” Ignacio Fernandez Ignacio Fernández Associate Director, Building Envelopes

Designing the new city

The fifth edition of the Open House Architecture Congress will kick off proceedings in Madrid from September 27th at the Centro Centro auditorium. A cross-section of city designers - including architects and engineers - will come together to discuss the future of cities and the different agents that shape change, in a panel moderated by journalist and historian Anatxu Zabalbeascoa.

Arup architect and city designer Marta Colás will set out her vision on the redensification of cities and their development. With more than two third of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, Marta will reflect on some of the initiatives cities will need to consider supporting sustainable growth and improve quality of life including density, compactness, mix of uses and transport networks.