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The most unique buildings in Madrid

The capital of Spain is a city steeped in history and its architectural vestiges certainly confirm this fact. However, the traces of the twentieth century are still not so far away as they have been imprinted in the urban memory and visible through the authentic architectural gems that are treasured to this day.

The Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos (COAM), together with the Architecture Foundation, have taken the initiative to request an official protection from the regional authorities for buildings with cultural heritage. This includes a series of 150 buildings that do not yet have this protection, despite the enormous artistic and cultural value that they hold.

Among the many architectural masterpieces in Madrid are some of the best achievements from the well-known architect, Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, including Torres Blancas, the skyscraper at the BBVA Tower and the popular "Ruedo" near the M30.

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Photo: Vista de Madrid, Torre Picasso, Torres Blancas, Torre Europa y Hotel Puerta América by Wikimedia

Torres Blancas was built in 1961 and its name is plural because it was a set of twin towers that was planned to be built. Likewise, "white" is the adjective because it was expected to be the colour of the concrete, although it is somewhat grey. However, this 81-metre high building, based on cylindrical forms that are surrounded by latticed balconies, remains one of capital's modern architectural landmarks.

For its part, the so-called BBVA Tower, completed in 1971, is the authentic masterpiece of Paseo de la Castellana, a familiar presence for Madrid residents who do not even envy New York skyscrapers. The controversial 1986 "Ruedo" was conceived as a huge wall that gave a sense of protection and isolation.

The COAM has also noted buildings such as the former Cine Barceló, built in 1930 by Luis Gutiérrez Soto, as an example of Spanish rationalist architecture. There is also the ingenious Gimnasio del Colegio Maravillas in Chamartín, where Alejandro de la Sota masterfully designed the 12-metre high building. Girasol in Lagasca Street was built in 1964 by the architects, Jose Antonio Coderch and Manuel Valls. This building has been designed in a way that makes use of daylight through each property's rotation of the axis towards the noon.

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