- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 05 Sep 2017
Edificio Mirador (‘Lookout Building’) is a residential building in the Sanchinarro neighbourhood of Madrid, Spain. It was designed by architectural practices MVRDV and Blanca Lleo and completed in 2005.
The 22-storey building is formed by a collection of mini ‘neighbourhoods’ stacked vertically around a square-shaped ‘sky plaza’. This plaza acts as a community garden, emulating the main plaza of a village. The name of building is derived from the fact that the plaza, located 40 m above ground, allows residents to look out over the Guadarrama Mountains in the distance.
The development contrasts with the uniformity of the surrounding housing blocks, and the mass-produced repetition of the standard family home. The aim was to integrate a range of different social groups and lifestyles with various housing types, sizes and styles.
By grouping the housing units into small blocks, and then 'gluing' them together, the architects created what they termed a ‘towering community superblock’ with different window sizes and façade colours.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Results show guarded optimism and payment concerns.
Noteworthy navigable aqueducts.
Technology is making remote work a reality.
Carefully placed structures add drama to pastoral vistas.
Report provides actions required by 2030 to achieve a zero carbon economy.
What type of cool roof is most suitable?
Active Travel programme prioritises cyclists and pedestrians.
CIAT issues caution for use of new standard.
Industry leaders discuss climate change, the economy and other influences.
The building manager is key to operations.
The impact Scotland’s dynamic coast has on the historic environment.
IHBC announces role in new APPG.