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Los Girasoles Olimpicos

Client Spanish Olympic Committee
Year of Completion 2008 (competition)
Size 300 Key Hotel + 135,000 sq ft (infrastructure)
Budget 60,000,000€
Location Madrid, Spain

This proposal defines a different way to use infrastructure to occupy and delineate space within the historically polarized European periphery of cities like Madrid. The intent is to rely less on existing models of suburbia and city extension, emphasizing a more sustainable model for a post industrial society, and defining a specific approach to the landscape which is both generic and surprisingly particular. At the present time, the vast majority of the community and landscape rely on extensions of the dense urban model; scattered in clusters across the land. This project tunes into the overlooked historical ethos of the territory, one of harvested land and industry, and projects a new sustainable and programmatic agenda onto it by creating a new flexible infrastructure that will harvest the passive energy and make the most of passive conditions.