Contemporary Architecture in Madrid

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In the last decades, Madrid has been investing heavily in the contemporary architecture turning it into a city where the new buildings and the old remodeled constructions have become the icons of the Spanish capital. Architects like César Pelli, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Herzog & de Meuron have managed to transform the city, perfectly integrating the spaces that seem to come from the future. How about a tour of the streets that are a contemporary art exhibit?  You will find an amazing fusion of aesthetic and functionality and discover all about the innovative use of the materials.


Only twelve kilometres from the city centre, the airport has excellent transport links and a wide range of services.

Nicknamed "the viewpoint", this contemporary block of flats boasts a large balcony which looks out over the nearby mountain range.

This natural environment surrounded by the Manzanares in the Usera area is ideal for leisure and recreation.

One of the world’s leading art galleries boasting works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch, among others. REOPENED ON 6 JUNE.

The Reina Sofia Museum boasts one of the finest collections of contemporary art in the world, including Picasso's iconic Guernica. REOPENED ON 6 JUNE.

This vibrant cultural centre is famous for its temporary exhibitions and its amazing vertical garden. REOPENED ON 1 JUNE.

A facade of bamboo is the hallmark of this emblematic sustainable and ecological building in Carabanchel.

In the far north of Castellana is this new “Madrid city” and the highest building in Spain.

A striking hotel for its cutting-edge interior design, the work of leading architects and artists.

The city's old slaughterhouse, at Madrid Rio, has been transformed into a cultural megacomplex. REOPENED ON 15 JUNE.

Running along the bank of the Manzanares River, this beautiful new park is the perfect place to have a long, laid-back lunch and spend the afternoon strolling, cycling or simply people-watching.

Headquarters of BBVA bank in Madrid, including a 93 metre tall elliptical tower known as La Vela.

Set in the Linear Park of the Manzanares River, it is one of the city's great symbols of contemporary architecture. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

A key space in Madrid for citizens' artistic experimentation and cultural participation. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Located close to Conde Duque Cultural Centre, this eye-catching building hosts temporary exhibitions and the valuable ABC Collection.  CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


Listed as a Cultural Interest Site in 2001, this building is one of the most significant works of contemporary Spanish architecture.

A modern theatre complex that stages major Spanish and international theatre performances and concerts.

A non-profit organisation devoted to research, education and the preparation of architecture, design and urban development projects.

A multifunctional and modern complex for the citizen, dedicated to architecture.

A beautiful industrial building dating from the early 20th Century, refurbished in 1996, is home to the Madrid premises of the prestigious foundation from Cantabria.


The impressive outline of Europe's first skyscraper overlooks the Gran Vía.

Groundbreaking and avant-garde headquarters of the  Free Educational Institution, located in the heart of Chamberí.


Unique cultural space in the Lavapiés neighbourhood, located in Madrid’s Former Tobacco Factory. 

The two Kio Towers, designed by John Burgee Architecs, are the most famous feature of the Madrid skyline.

Discover the Atlético de Madrid’s stadium, which hosted the 2019 Champions League final, with their exciting tour! REOPENED.

Building dedicated to innovation and the dissemination of new technologies located in the district of Villaverde.

Spiral-shaped apartment building located on one of the tallest hills in Vallecas.


An event to discover the world of architecture and urban development through tours, exhibitions and talks (Sept-Oct 2020).

Enjoy the heritage party and visit the main historic buildings in Madrid free of charge (16-18 October).

  • A route through the Madrid of this unique architect and urban developer. Do you know which buildings and facilities were designed by him?  

    Antonio Palacios’ Madrid
  • El Madrid de Antonio Palacios
  • A short but fascinating introduction to the city’s main museums which boast an important cultural heritage encompassing most European styles

    Art in Madrid Guide (PDF)
  • Art in Madrid Guide
  • Ahora arquitectura (Architecture Now) Guided Tours

    Ahora arquitectura

    All kinds of activities designed to get to know, appreciate and arouse interest in the architecture, urbanism and art by giving a complete overview of the Madrid architecture.

  • Pasear Madrid (Madrid Walk) Guided Tours

    Pasear Madrid

    College of Architects of Madrid and Madrid Visitors & Convention Bureau get together to organize a tour promoting the cultural and architectural tourism of Madrid.

  • Semana de la Arquitectura
at the end of september
  • A special new edition that  focuses on the city as an architecture and design reference (Various venues. 25 to 27 September)

    Open House Madrid
  • Open House Madrid 2020
  • A selection of ten statues around the city that come out to meet visitors

    Madrid Statues
  • Estatuas de Madrid
  • A one-kilometre stretch that is home to three of the best museums in the world: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. 

    Paseo del Arte
  • Usuaria de Bicimad en el Paseo del Arte
  • Discover the city's most popular sights and attractions, from one of Europe's largest royal palaces to the magnificent Prado Museum and Real Madrid's stadium. 

    Madrid Top 10
  • Palacio de Cristal


Make your way up to the observation deck for some stunning views.

Climb on board and discover the city in a panoramic format.

To enjoy amazing spring plans in Madrid.