Madrid 2016 Selects “Stunning” Designs For Olympic And Paralympic Village

Two stunning designs for Madrid’s Olympic and Paralympic Village have been selected from more than 50 different proposals, as announced by Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, Mayor of Madrid. The winning designs are called “12 Blocks, 12 Towers”, and “Family Tree”.

The first design “12 Blocks, 12 Towers” will be a residential area for athletes and was designed by the architects Jorge Javier Camacho and Maria Eugenia Macia Torregrosa and the second design “Family Tree” will be the Olympic services area and was created by Fernando Garcia Pino and Manuel Garcia de Paredes.

Five other projects will be announced later and will go ahead if Madrid’s bid is successful.

The first design is a hybrid concept of solar-powered high towers and open spaces so athletes from different squads can mix freely in a green environment which maximizes the benefits of sun and shade. A key feature of the design is accessibility so that the whole village is completely user-friendly for Paralympians and disabled visitors.

The second concept has been designed so that each part, including performance and logistic centres, the media centre and the polyclinics, can be readily adapted if other facilities are required in the future.

The leisure area which includes bars, restaurants, rest and play zones, will be within sight of the main Olympic stadium and the area will be converted to a luxury hotel after the Games are over.

The Mayor said, “the winning designs are exceptional and will create an Olympic and Paralympic Village which works for everyone with great emphasis on the environment and maximizing the benefits of open spaces”.