New European Air Traffic Control Center

New European Air Traffic Control Center, Madrid - Spain, Coll-Barreu Arquitectos
Address: Carretera de la Base, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz | MADRID | Spain
Latitude/Longitude: 40.4622, -3.45694

Spain is to become the first of the four countries in which the new stations for satellite controlled air-traffic – based on the teaming of 30 Galileo satellites – will be housed. Located on the outskirts of Madrid, the building should house this new guidance system, the centralized conventional system, and the others international systems related to air-traffic control.

It is a building opening onto the vast landscape of Torrejón. A glass plane overflows the façade and looks out on at the broad views over the open plain and the flights of the powerful airplanes that use the nearby runways.

It’s also a building opened to the sky. A parallel slit to the glass façade bathes the internal spaces with controlled daylight and allows views of the starry night. It is a constant reference to flights and satellites.

The roofing is a prolongation of the bank and some of the paths already existing on site. Thus the roof is a continuation of the terrain, the continuation of the plain and landscape. It’s the construction of the roofs that turns them into a plateau, the beautiful metaphor that Sánchez Ferlosio proposed for Madrid.

⇒ Architecture Guide to MADRID