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Architecture Tour: Madrid, Spain

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Architect and designer Andrés Jaque takes us on a tour of pre-modern Madrid, highlighting the spaces where progressive design is breaking the mold.

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  One of Madrid’s most enduring architectural symbols, the Puerta de Alcalá was completed in 1778 to monitor the road to the nearby town Alcalá de Henares. Located in the Plaza de la Independencia, on what was once an active livestock route, the gate is made of granite and a local stone known as colmenar.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    One of Madrid’s most enduring architectural symbols, the Puerta de Alcalá was completed in 1778 to monitor the road to the nearby town Alcalá de Henares. Located in the Plaza de la Independencia, on what was once an active livestock route, the gate is made of granite and a local stone known as colmenar. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  An equestrian statue of King Phillip III presides over Madrid’s central square, Plaza Mayor.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    An equestrian statue of King Phillip III presides over Madrid’s central square, Plaza Mayor. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  The CaixaForum by Herzog + de Meuron is a cultural center in the city’s historic museum triangle.   p.242  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    The CaixaForum by Herzog + de Meuron is a cultural center in the city’s historic museum triangle. p.242 Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  Café Comercial has provided Madrid’s intellectuals with underground tertulias, poetry readings, and chance encounters since the Spanish Civil War.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    Café Comercial has provided Madrid’s intellectuals with underground tertulias, poetry readings, and chance encounters since the Spanish Civil War. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  A European classic since its inception, the Vespa, and plenty of scooters like it, provides the perfect solution to modern Madrid’s lack of parking.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    A European classic since its inception, the Vespa, and plenty of scooters like it, provides the perfect solution to modern Madrid’s lack of parking. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  Don't miss how nicely modern architecture plays against the old stuff in Madrid. Rafael Moneo’s extension of the Prado, sits as nicely next to the neoclassical original as the gothic Monasterio de Jeronimos next door.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    Don't miss how nicely modern architecture plays against the old stuff in Madrid. Rafael Moneo’s extension of the Prado, sits as nicely next to the neoclassical original as the gothic Monasterio de Jeronimos next door. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  Teatros del Canal, by Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, is Madrid’s latest world-class music conservatory.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    Teatros del Canal, by Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, is Madrid’s latest world-class music conservatory. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  Cured ham hocks dangle from the ceiling of Museo del Jamón, celebrating Spain’s famed Serrano ham culture.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    Cured ham hocks dangle from the ceiling of Museo del Jamón, celebrating Spain’s famed Serrano ham culture. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  The Ojalá Awareness Club, designed by Jaque, is among the hippest restaurants in the city.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    The Ojalá Awareness Club, designed by Jaque, is among the hippest restaurants in the city. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  The bustle of Gran Viá, one of Madrid’s central arteries in what could just as easily be 4 AM as 4 PM, lives up to its name as “The Grand Road.” Architectural tourists won’t want to miss Gran Viá’s stately Edificio Metrópolis, Edificio Grassy, or the Edificio Telefónica, which were erected in the first half of the last century.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    The bustle of Gran Viá, one of Madrid’s central arteries in what could just as easily be 4 AM as 4 PM, lives up to its name as “The Grand Road.” Architectural tourists won’t want to miss Gran Viá’s stately Edificio Metrópolis, Edificio Grassy, or the Edificio Telefónica, which were erected in the first half of the last century. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  For over a century, Madrileños have been frequenting La Ardosa for a regional dose of the Spanish staples: a nice glass of wine and tapas.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    For over a century, Madrileños have been frequenting La Ardosa for a regional dose of the Spanish staples: a nice glass of wine and tapas. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
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  For classic Madrid kitsch and foreign imports, Victimas de Celuloide is the sure-thing stop-off for anyone looking to add something unusual to their home décor.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    For classic Madrid kitsch and foreign imports, Victimas de Celuloide is the sure-thing stop-off for anyone looking to add something unusual to their home décor. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

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