Spain > Madrid > Valdebernardo

Site Coverage  
Parking Ratio
income group Medium
Range Heights 5-6
basic project statistics
gross building area 59153
units 0
population 1747
site area 53692 sq. m
coverage 30.00
parking 0
seniors 0
families w/ children 0
singles/couples 0
other 0
The plan for the residential neighborhood of Valdebernardo was a model for a series of “new extensions” planned in Madrid in the 1990s. As a reaction against the lack of street definition and the overscale of modernist after-war developments, in the 80s Spanish planners looked back to the morphologies of 19th century extensions.

Valdebernardo -located adjacent to Madrid´s second outer ring to the East of the city center, exemplifies this movement, which was later extensively repeated, becoming somehow the norm. It was planned as a residential enclave, with a 90% of subsidized housing, including some retail and public services.

Surrounded by highways and green areas, it has an insular character, reinforced by the homogeneity of its design. Its structure is defined by the crossing of two boulevards, 54- and 94-meter wide respectively, along which the ground floor retail is located. The layout is characterized by a grid of 60x60 and 90x60 meter of enclosed blocks, which are grouped conforming superblocks around a public space and a public facility.

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.