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The most modern houses in Madrid

The tourism sector's data for the 2016 financial year has been recently published by the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Tourism. It confirms Madrid as a favourite destination among foreign visitors. This attraction is due in large measure to the remarkable heritage of the Spanish capital, combined with its varied leisure offer. However, the city also has a good number of buildings that participate in architectural tendencies that we can classify as avant-garde or simply modern. What are the most outstanding examples?

Madrid's urban land leaves us treasures like the Castelar Building, inaugurated in 1986 after more than a decade of works. Located in the heart of Paseo de la Castellana, this is the masterpiece of Madrid's architecture. One of the main features of this building is that 85 per cent of its surface is totally suspended in the air. It has also been home to the headquarters of Catalana Occidente in the city, although its owner is now Mutua Madrileña.

If we go back a little in time, the White Towers or Torres Blancas are well known by the locals and continue fascinating the visitors. They were opened in 1961 and, although they were known as the concrete architecture that expanded like gunpowder in the sixties, they developed a unique tubular design in the capital. The name of these towers is somewhat misleading, since only one block of flats was built despite the fact that the original project appeared as two.

We will now move on to the third place, which is a modular design inspired by the Mirador Building. Belonging to the postmodern era and located in Pinar de Chamartín (Pi i Margall Avenue), the works of this enclosure finished in 2005. The building is a total of nine blocks with a large central yard, which appears as a patio. Currently, it maintains its residential function and is considered as the most disruptive block of houses in the city.

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Between the modernity and inspiration, the House of Bamboo or Casa de Bambú is another milestone in the contemporary architecture of Madrid. Opened in 2007, the complex is completely covered with bamboo slabs and almost ninety hones. It is a project that combines the most innovative design with a strong social vocation, given that Madrid promoted its construction to increase the number of protected apartments. Bamboo has a lifespan of between 10 and 15 years, this is why the material needs replacing often. You can visit this building in Carabanchel (next to Cuatro Vientos).

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