Spain > Madrid > Saconia

Site Coverage  
Parking Ratio
income group Medium
Range Heights 4-12
basic project statistics
gross building area 0
units 2900
population 10400
site area 280000 sq. m
coverage 0.00
parking 0
seniors 0
families w/ children 0
singles/couples 0
other 0
The “Colonia Saconia”, also known as “Ciudad de los Poetas”, is a neighborhood located in the North West of Madrid, close to the limit of its inner ring. Built in the 1970s by private developer Inmobiliaria Saconia, it was conceived as a mixed-use plan, with residential buildings forming eight superblocks or neighborhood units. The streets hexagonal layout is aimed at preserving the original irregular topography, which slopes down towards the North. Vehicular circulation is restricted to the hexagonal streets, while pedestrians move across the interconnected public spaces. Parking is located on street as well as in subterranean floors, taking advantage of the different topographic levels.

Each superblock is organized around a public school, which was meant to become the center of community life. In addition, a service center was planned for the whole neighborhood, though it was only built many years later, including a cultural and commercial center.

The whole plan is conceived using a square module of 4.20 m side, which was superimposed to the hexagonal layout. With this structure, the architects – A. Perpiñá, L. Iglesias, and C. de Miguel- were able to create a variety of housing typologies. The majority of residential buildings are 4-5 height, while several 8-12 floors towers give character to the area."""

Bataller, J.J., López de Lucio, R., Rivera, D., Tejera, J. (2004): "Guía del Urbanismo de Madrid: s. XX", Gerencia Municipal de Urbanismo, Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Spain.