Madrid, the new city

June 2, 2009

In the morning we visited the Museo del Prado.  There was some really nice work inside the museum but one of the most interesting was the Las Meninas.  This painting was to be of the King and Queen but instead they are represented in the mirror in the far back causing the viewer to be placed as the King and Queen.

Las Meninas

Las Meninas (not my photo)

On the first day we saw the old part of the city which is laid out on medieval streets.  Today we went out to the extension of the Paseo del Prado where in the 1970s the major institutions moved their headquarters.  We stated the day at Nuevos Ministerios where many skyscrapers have been constructed as headquarters.  We went on a tour of Torre BBVA.  After this we proceeded father out from the original city to the new Telefonica Headquarters.  After that we proceeded back towards the city by heading through the new housing developments.  The majority of these buildings are large rings of apartments that surround a central semi-public area (accessible only by residents).  One exception to this is Edificio Mirador (photos).  This building instead takes the standard loop and tips it up vertically.  In the center of the tower is a opening that is where a swimming pool is located.  The uses are articulated by the colors of the blocks while orange represents circulation.

Edificio Mirador

Edificio Mirador

Edificio Mirador End

Edificio Mirador End

We ended the day by heading over to Parque Juan Carlos I.

Parque Juan Carlos I

Parque Juan Carlos I

Photos of Madrid

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