Edificio Mirador de Sanchinarro

Post-modern public housing architecture

Madrid, Spain

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The Mirador Building is a postmodern architecture building located in the Sanchinarro neighborhood, in the north of the city of Madrid (Spain). Mirador is a collection of mini neighbourhoods stacked vertically around a semi-public sky-plaza. The building acts as a counterpoint against the massive uniformity of the surrounding housing blocks. It frames the distant landscape of the Guadarrama Mountains through a large ‘look out’ located 40 meters above the ground. This also provides outdoor space and community garden for the occupants of building, monumentalising public life and space. It was developed by the Dutch architecture studio MVRDV in collaboration with the Madrid-based architect Blanca Lleó, and completed in 2005. Its construction was managed by the EMV (Madrid municipal housing company), and included 156 homes allocated based on the appraised value method.