Las Cuatro Torres, Madrid
Las Cuatro Torres is a major new urban park in the centre of Madrid’s new business district. The park represents Madrid’s largest new public square and park this century and forms the heart of the new business quarter, which includes four landmark towers and a new Palacio de Congreso building.
The dramatic design was based on a deconstruction of Picasso’s Guernica painting, which becomes clear when viewed from the towers which rise above the park. A complex mixture of large open spaces, lawns, wooded areas, planting, water features, natural stone paving, canopies and a major tree-lined boulevard combine to create a dynamic space in which to linger. Cafes and landscape follies further animate the scheme.
These design elements were formalised with the pragmatic requirements of emergency vehicle access to each tower, pedestrian flows, shadowing from the towers, and wind studies.
Client: Sociedade Agricola de Almendres
Size: 333 hectares
Skills: Landscape Architecture, Masterplanning, Concept Architecture