Miembro de Guiding Architects

BarrioSalamanca Aerial view of the “Barrio de Salamanca”, named after Marquis
of Salamanca, its developer. It is clearly seen the North-South
and West-East layout, as Castro’s Plan established.

MADRID’S ENSANCHE

URBAN DEVELOPMENT OF THE XIX CENTURY BUILT IN THE XX CENTURY

Castro’s Plan for Urban enlargement of 1862 faced on the way to its execution several problems; The structure of properties of the plots plus a very restrictive Urban Regulations made construction outside of the enlargement-area along the outbound-roads more advantageous than the one inside of planned area.

Furthermore Madrid, centre of political and administrative power, hardly had any industrialization and therefore, neither was built up any industrial belt, nor was there any accelerate growth period with its impulse for city-development, as we knows from the rest of Europe in the second half of the XIX.

Finally, the special feature of Madrid’s urban development consists in the fact, that, what in other European cities is called “city of the XIX century” was practically built up in the XX century.

The City-walk includes the visit of an interior courtyard, that was exactly done the as was planned following Castro’s reform. Afterwards, following the direction of the streets north, there are some emblematic buildings from the second half of the XX century to be visited.