Vallecas

Madrid, Spain

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Winning project: CAMPUS FOR LIVING CITIES
Team representative: UNEXUM

Architect / Environmental expert(s) : AMBITARE ARCHITECTURAL STRATEGIES

Campus for Living Cities’ goal is to boost the South Campus of the Polytechnic University of Madrid by making it a key research center for urban ecology and biodiversity conservation, and for technological innovations to improve energy efficiency and sustainability.

Campus for Living Cities will be an iconic zero emissions architectural complex to become a testing ground for pioneering measures to enhance sustainability. The powerful virtual monitoring platform facilitates communication and transparency, allowing energy simulation and prediction to foster further research.

The project is the result of a fruitful collaboration between the university and local companies that facilitate entrepreneurship, dissemination of knowledge and commitment towards global sustainable development goals. It aims to enhance campus life and create connections to the local neighborhood to enrich a diverse ecosystem.

Campus for Living Cities is located on a large green area, that will support the rehabilitation to recover local biodiversity. The amphitheater at the entrance of the university is designed to become the social meeting point on site. The student residence is the central element of campus life. The Arboleda building and the Impact Hub will connect research and teaching activity of the university.

Key Components & Solutions


• The Campus for Living Cities is a positive energy student hub combining sports and art facilities, housing and a green corridor next to the rehabilitated laboratory.

• The existing building will be reactivated by hosting research projects for urban ecology and sustainability.

• The passive design will minimize the energy consumption, allowing the site to be Net Zero Energy.

• Biodiversity is enhanced by buildings covered in holes and nooks that create habitats for animals, insects and plants. This will furthermore have a cooling effect on the campus protecting residents from increased and prolonged heat waves.

• The project carefully manages water consumption by applying efficient measures of usage, increasing the overall resilience of the site.

Presentation of the site


The site is located on the south campus of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, an area of priority opportunity. The 3.2 ha site selected for the contest is composed of one building and an unbuilt parcel, and 2 optional plots. The objective is to facilitate the development of a series of uses in connection to the educational and research activities of the University, and to bring new services and utilities to reinforce the vibrating life of the campus.

Se pretende solucionar la situación de aislamiento urbano que el centro universitario sufre actualmente al estar rodeado de suelo industrial obsoleto. La acción pretende que al fomentar nuevos usos ligados a la universidad y al emprendimiento actúe como detonante para reactivar el suelo industrial colindante de propiedad privada.

Se propone como área de actuación un edificio y un solar vacante, ambos pertenecientes a la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. El edificio, previsto inicialmente como centro de investigación, fue construido en el año 2000 y se encuentra en buen estado de conservación. Tiene un uso y una ocupación muy baja en relación con su capacidad real. La idea es reformar el edificio introduciendo nuevos usos. Para el solar vacante se pide la construcción de un equipamiento.

La idea principal es facilitar el desarrollo de usos que den respuesta a las actividades de enseñanza e investigación del campus, interactuando y alimentándose no sólo de las escuelas que alberga este recinto sino también las que tiene situadas en el campus norte de la ciudad, que son muy diversas y con importantes equipos de investigación. Favorecer el emprendimiento asociado a la actividad investigadora y docente, pudiendo resolver necesidades de alojamiento temporal para alumnos y profesores itinerantes, usos terciarios como cafetería o introduciendo otros que sean complementarios con los existentes.



Opcionalmente se proponen dos parcelas vacantes con uso de zona verde y deportiva que complementen los proyectos principales sirviendo para mejorar la relación entre la universidad y la ciudad, generando un espacio de entrada y encuentro social a modo de ágora que mejore el acceso principal a la universidad desde la calle Arboleda. Un espacio de usos múltiples que sirva para romper el actual aislamiento del campus y lo comuniquen con el casco urbano de Villa de Vallecas.

Information

Expected program
Introduction of new uses to diversify existing uses and to promote entrepreneurship related to research and teaching at the university (start-up incubators, private research, social gathering spaces, etc)

Owner
Universidad Politécnica.

Plot area

18,288 m2 comprising plots A and B (+ an optional 13,436 m2: plots 1 and 2).

Type of property transfer intended

Concession with specific clause regarding public services.
Location
Avenida del Campus Sur y calle Arboleda
Madrid Spain
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