Biennale Architettura 2016
La Biennale di Venezia
Pabellón español
Spanish pavilion

The Cultural Factory in Matadero Madrid

Ángel Borrego Cubero

The Cultural Factory in Matadero Madrid
Ángel Borrego Cubero

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The Cultural Factory is a reversible design project that advances, without negative impact, the aesthetic and technical qualities of the existing architecture of Matadero Madrid, a historic landmark of industrial architecture. The project is typical of crisis-stricken Europe, and particularly Spain, where architecture must chart a difficult course between the lack of economic resources and an urgent need for action.
Three volumes near the entrance organize the space, folding and compressing the circulation around them. This creates a gradient from compact to expansive, from busy to calm. The space requires minimal maintenance and, if the activity of the Factory were to cease, could be dismantled without any waste. The existing space would return completely to its pre-construction state. The materials used are predominantly polycarbonate and wood.


The Cultural Factory

Matadero Madrid. Paseo de la Chopera 14, Madrid

Ángel Borrego Cubero. OSS Office for Strategic Spaces

484 m2

Simona Rota