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Madrid Río project was awarded with an International Architecture Award 2012 granted by The Chicago Atheneaum, the World’s Most Prestigious Global Awards for New Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interiors, and Urban Planning.

Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos Asociados has been selected, together with Porras La Casta, Rubio & Á-Sala and West8, for the exhibition “Istanbul Design Biennial”. This exhibition is organized by The Chicago Atheneaum and The European Centre of Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies, and it will be in Istanbul, Turkey, from the 5th to the 30th of November 2012.

 “In 2012, over 80 cutting-edge new works of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture from over 28 nations were selected and awarded for their design excellence by a distinguished jury of Norwegian architects and educators.”


Last week an exhibition on the five cities that in the past few years have applied for hosting the Olympic Games, was inaugurated in Rotterdam. This is the video Gianpiero Venturini recorded for this exhibition some months ago.

This past month the Park Madrid Río, designed by Burgos & Garrido, Porras La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala and West8, and developed by the Municipality of Madrid, was awarded the prize for Best Urban Intervention. These awards are organized by the Real-Estate Developer Asociation of Madrid to reward the projects designed by Madrilian architects between the years 2009 to 2011.

The group of architects Burgos & Garrido, Porras La Casta, Rubio-Álvarez Salas and West 8 were granted with a mention at the 2011 COAM Awards to the Work of Architects granted in a ceremony at the headquarters of the enterprise on the 19th of February. They were awarded for being the authors of the project Madrid Río which was selected as an outstanding urban intervention, for the quality of the proposal and for the repercussion and importance that it has meant to the city of Madrid. There were 20 prizes awarded in the categories of the Awards were New Built Work in the sections of architecture, Restoration and Urban Planning; and Architecture Disclosure.

A group of students of the Master of Landscape Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania visited the Madrid Río Linear Park in Madrid. The event was organized by the European University of Madrid as part of a tour around the most representative public spaces of the city.

The group accompanied by the project’s director Ginés Garrido was delighted with the tour. The group was formed by passionate young professionals that understood the complexity of the project and the excellent results obtained with such complex circumstances.

The project Madrid Río appeared on the front page of the NYT the 27th of December of 2011 with the following tittle: In Madrid’s Heart, Park Blooms Where a Freeway Once Blighted writen by Michael Kimmelman. The article resumes the urban intervention as a park that has transformed a neglected area in the middle of the Spanish capital.

JEC Composites, the most important exhibition of compounds materials awarded Pasarela de Almuñecar as the best civil intervention. The new footbridge of Madrid Río for pedestrians and bikes is located near Puente de los franceses.

For more info click here

Madrid Río metro station has eight different names.

The first green route open is 7 kilometres long and links by surface 8 Metro Stations: Príncipe Pío, Puerta del Ángel, Marqués de Vadillo, Pirámides, Legazpi, Almendrales, Arganzuela-Planetario and Hospital 12 de Octubre. You can go to any station and get next one by bike or walking trough Madrid Río.

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The current issue Arquitectura y Diseño #78 has published “Arquitectura sin crisis” (Architecture without crisis) an article where Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos share stage with such different offices as Selgas Cano, David Chipperfield, Anna Heringer, José Mª Sánchez García and Grávalos y Di Monti. Their projects have one thing in common: rethink the architecture from sustainability against the social and financial crisis.

In Edgar Gonzalez Blog this week is park’s week. Monday: Diagonal Mar [Enric Miralles y Benedetta Tagliabue –EMBT-], 2002. Tuesday: Parque Lineal del Manzanares [Burgos & Garrido, Porras La Casta, Rubio&Álvarez-Sala, West8], 2011. Wednesday: Parque Público en Monte Pío [Manuel Gallego Jorreto], 2001. Thursday: Urbanización Isla Central de Badalona [Franc Fernández, Fina Frontado, Carles Llop, Sebastià Jornet, Joan Enric Pastor], 2009. Friday: Parc dels Colors [Enric Miralles y Benedetta Tagliabue -EMBT-], 2002.

In summer the Tourism Office of Madrid offers a new activity: a guided visit tour by bike around Madrid Río. The tours are every Friday at 18.00h (until September 30th), it starts in the Tourism Office Centre (Plaza Mayor, 27) and takes approximately  three hours to make the 13 Kilometres ride all park long.

For more info visit Verano en Madrid

The Skateboard Open Madrid Río 2011 will take place next September 11th in the skatepark of Arganzuela – Madrid Río at 11.00 h. Skaters are invited to join and  everyone is welcome to the Manzanres River Park to enjoy such an spectacular competition.

There is also this video of the event.

The Madrid Río project was published on Global Post last Sunday by Valerie Gladstone.

Madrid Río will be the new stage for the MTV Madrid Beach: three days of concerts, DJs, urban sports and lounge area for free. Punk, Pop, Rock , Indie… Music for all tastes in the Explanada del Rey on September  1st, 2nd and 3rd

For more info click HERE

Madrid Río has its own language of signposting and landmarks. In collaboration with Gráfica Futura each one has been carefully designed. There are different kinds of them. Some are horizontal, painted in the ground, and inform about the different activities, ways out, fountains or cycle path. There are landmarks every 50 meters with the kilometrical point of the river and your situation regarding the beginning of the park. The vertical panels have plans and zooms of each part of the project.

The eagerly awaited compilation book with the 40 finalist of the Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo is already published; Among them, the Special Plan of Manzanares River from Burgos&Garrido, Porras La Casta, Rubio Álvarez-Sala and West8 with Ginés Garrido as Project Director.

The exhibition will be held until September 11th in the Comillas Foundation, Cantabria (Spain).

For more information and videos with the jury session click HERE

In the beach of Madrid Río the sand is the only thing missing.  The kiosk was opened last weekend and drinks, umbrellas and deck chairs have taken the “grass” beach.

HERE is the complete article of “El País”

Overseas they have also noticed that Madrid´s face is changing. An article about Madrid Río was published last week in The New York Times. It points out how the project “is rapidly shifting Madrid´s recreational axis from Retiro Park to the once-forgotten western edge”, where there was traffic and pollution now thousands of people can enjoy this huge green area near the Manzanares River.

To read the complete article click here

This weekend, in the digital and press edition of El País semanal, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa writes a full report about the relationship between Spanish cities and their rivers. Madrid, Zaragoza, Lleida, Mérida and Cordoba have already started its regeneration process. In Madrid, the Manzanares River Park (Madrid Río) is an unprecedented case in Spain due to its vaste extensión.

“…about 60.000 citizents use the park daily for walking, having a break, playing soccer, cycling or to wet their feet. But this new park is not an architectural attraction. It is not a monument, neither a postal card image” as Fernando Porras, one of the project´s architect says “It is not a symbol, it is a part of the city”

El País semanal complete report HERE


Here is the Madrid River Soundrack

Bank 1

bridge-of-the-river-kwai-banda-sonora  | moody-river-pat-boone  | rivers-of-babylon-melodians  | river-runs-deep-jj-cale  | take-me-to-the-river-talking-heads  | green-river-creedence-clearwater-revival  | yellow-river-christie  | dont-cross-the-river-america  | el-rio-miguel-rios  | rio-manzanares-isabel-and-angel-parra 

Bank 2

down-by-the-river-neil-young  | river-song-dennis-wilson | river-man-nick-drake | peace-like-a-river-paul-simon | river-joni-mitchell | the-river-bruce-springsteen | till-the-rivers-all-run-dry-pete-townshend-ronnie-lane | moon-river-audrey-hepburn | by-this-river-brian-eno | a meeting by the river by Ry cooder | red river blues – henry thomas



The project Madrid river, has been a 6 years process. It began when Madrid City Council brought to a large scale landscaping contest for the great urban void created by the burial of the M-30. The challenge was to develop a great urban park of 6 km of length and 1,500,000 m2. of surface along both sides of the river.

 The first stage was open to architects, engineers and landscapers, selecting two teams to take part in the second phase of the contest: the architect José María Ezquiaga and Burgos &Garrido Architects.

In the second stage, those two selected teams and six internationally renowned invited teams presented their proposals: Peter Eisenman, Herzog & de Meuron, Torres & Martínez Lapeña, Navarro Baldeweg, Dominique Perrault and Kazuyo Sejima / SANAA. Finally Mrío Architects, a consortium of three madrilean studies of architecture conformed by Burgos & Garrido, Porras & La Casta and Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, presented in collaboration with West 8 from Netherland, the winning proposal: A project that connects natural areas from north to south.

Here we leave a link to a very complete document with all the proposals presented to the contest, and the PDF

  The city of Madrid launches a video explaining the project Madrid River

“The burial of the M30 in the West has transformed the highways into new green space,  enabling the biggest environmental rebalancing operation ever carried out in our city: the Madrid River Project, which extends to almost 7 million m2 of six districts, connecting existing green areas, makes Madrid a more balanced, sustainable and with better quality of life … “


© El Pais

The Madrid River, between King’s Bridge and the Hall of Pines, has witnessed, since last Friday 13th until Sunday 15th of May, between 21:30 and midnight, over 8,000 flames on the river banks and its flow,  a beautiful light installation made ​​by the French Company Carabosse.



The publishing house Turner has published the book “Madrid River An Urban Transformation Project” which explains the project in all its phases: 

1-Vision (historical development and the need to remodel the river banks) 

2- Idea (Making an artificial landscape. The project of a Green Network along the Manzanares banks, with full information about MadridRio studio)

3 – Process (strategy, management and organization of the construction process) 

4- Space (the park, the path network and the green network)

5-Life (step by step, one day in Madrid River)

6-Figures (area, timing and team)


The mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, has personally ridden a bicycle in the recently opened Madrilean River Park desgined by our team

Go to “El Pais” complete article


With the disappearance of the M-30 below ground level, the project MRío proposes the virtual elimination of any traffic along the river, the Virgen del Puerto Promenade, the King’s Bridge and the Bridge of Segovia. 

The burial and subsequent disappearance of the highway improves the understanding of the original eccentric rectangular boundary of the chapel of the Virgen del Puerto that existed as enclosure protected from its environment from its construction until the Civil War in which the shrine was destroyed.

The longitudinal promenade through the bridge aims to link the King’s Bridge, the chapel and the Bridge of Segovia, creating an axis that marks the longitudinal nature of this space is maintained over time until the early twentieth century.




dlle the Korean magazine published by c3p. Includes in their issue No. 1002 “Urban Hybrids – Evolution in Regeneration. Spain, Landscape 2010” a complete review of our project Madrid River (by MRIO ARCHITECTS) among some major urban projects such as The High Line (James Corner Field Operations Diller + Scofidio + Renfro), Nansen Park (Bjørbekk & Lindheim Landskapsarkitekter ), and Buffalo Bayou Promenade (SWA Group)

Some important newspapers such as El Pais, ABC, El Mundo, Globedia and major Spanish media has published the public opening of the Park La Arganzuela in Madrid

MRío Project has tripled the park area, which has grown from 84,000 to 232,700 square meters.

The Park has five children’s playgrounds, including facilities for roller-skating and skateboarding and a soccer field to play football 7 and 11, completed with the tennis and paddle courts located  nearby the Bridge of Prague.

It also has the Center for the Interpretation of Nature and History of the Manzanares River, a 4,300-square-meter platform for cultural events, and a new municipal police station, already operating.

Water is the park star. It has more than ten fountains that will refresh the atmosphere in summer and an urban beach of 11,930 meters square, of which 6,500 are relaxing areas protected by around new 300 trees.

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Links to some Articles

Madrid Río, abierto al completo, El País

Fin de una pesadilla líquida, El País 

Bienvenidos al nuevo río, ABC 

El parque de Madrid Rio, abierto en su totalidad, El Mundo

El Parque de Arganzuela se abre a los madrileños, Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Unas fotos del ya abierto parque de la Arganzuela, Globedia

Yesterday, Sunday April 10, the Spanish newspaper El Pais published the upcoming opening of the linear park, along with an interview with Ginés Garrido and Francisco Burgos by the journalist M ª José Díaz de Tuesta, about the new Manzanares River bank: 

“An intervention along nearly eight kilometers, an area of 1,200,000 square meters right in the city center, rehabilitation or construction of 32 bridges and footbridges, more than 33,000 trees planted and 429 new acres of parkland. ” 

“Madrid Río is defined as a large ecological corridor, where more than 33,000 new trees of 47 different species (predominantly pine, then the ginkgo biloba, plantain, ash and horse chestnut) have been planted and 460,000 shrubs of 38 species, mainly herbs and climbers shrubs ”

GO to Complete Article & to Photogallery

The “Hall of Pines” accompanies us the whole path. Always on the right bank of the park. And on virtually over all the new tunnels that bury the M30, with an average width of 30m. 

Over the concrete slab covering the passing cars were planted more than 9,000 units of different species of pine, various sizes, shapes and groupings. 

The selected species have different natural morphologies (nonlinear trunks, double trunks, inclined trunks, etc..) obtaining this way an artificial extension of the pine forests of the mountains north of Madrid, that seem to extend to the borderline of the city. 

These trees have been anchored to the floor of the tunnels with steel cables and clamps made in biodegradable products to enhance their stability and growth of horizontal roots in the available land package . 

The tour through the Hall of Pines, intersects often with valuable urban structures or of historic patrimony, such as the bridges of Segovia (1582) and Toledo (1732), where the “Salon” becomes a place to stay, expanding its own boundaries and offering an specific design, with riverside deciduous trees, aligned hedges and stone benches.

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