AXIS mixed-use building, Madrid

Comprehensive rehabilitation and radical change of image of the building that hosted the Barclays bank in Madrid’s Plaza de Colón, specifically in the corner where the Recoletos Avenue converges with Genoa Street.

The remodeling proposal, whereby the building is renamed Axis — thus reflecting its position at one of the most important intersections in the capital —, is signed by the British studio Foster & Partners and its hallmark is the new façade of diagrid structure, made with a pattern of beams and supports of stainless steel intersecting diagonally. This kind of grid reveals the structure of the original building, built in the 1970s, and minimizes the energy consumption.

The usable are, of 3,979.18 sqm, is distributed in four floors, with stores towards the street and in the first level, and offices in the remaining ones, all crowned by a landscaped terrace. The works that Empty has carried out are, on the one hand, the closure of the existing arcade on the north and east façades of the ground floor, and the partial restructuring of the original building, a part of whose slab is removed to create an interior courtyard which brings light to all floors and connects the commercial base with the upper offices; and on the other, the construction of both a new communications core located along the south face, as well as the new façade.