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AMSTERDAM, December 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Adif AV has announced this week that the design proposal submitted by UNStudio, with b720 Arquitectura and the engineering firm Esteyco, has been the winner of the competition for the comprehensive remodeling of Madrid-Chamartín Clara Campoamor.

The proposal was nominated by a 16-member jury. Other shortlisted teams included BIG, Foster Partners, OMA, ZHA, Grimshaw and KPF.

Ben van Berkel: “We are really delighted that our design has been nominated as the winning proposal for this exciting urban regeneration project. Madrid is fast becoming one of the most exciting and attractive cities in Europe. The transformation of this area will boost this part of the city while adding new green lungs to Madrid. We are delighted to have worked with the best possible local partners on this proposal, as collaboration was key to our team’s success.”

The international competition was launched in 2020 by Adif AV to convert the Madrid-Chamartín Clara Campoamor railway junction into an international benchmark for sustainable, multimodal, connected and integrated mobility.

The proposal by UNStudio, b720 Arquitectura and Esteyco, unanimously obtained the highest score from the jury, which considered aspects such as functionality -railway, commercial and tertiary-, viability, accessibility and integration in the city, sustainability and inclusiveness, with the aim of convert the Conjunto de Chamartín into an urban benchmark in Madrid.

A key element that the team considered essential in the proposed design was to preserve and respect the historic vaulted roofs of the Chamartín station, recognizing them as a unique and identifying element of the station.

Ben van Berkel: “Our main goal was to preserve and enhance the existing station complex and activate its surroundings with a careful mix of fast and slow schedule; design a future-proof, highly sustainable urban center while truly densifying and activating the area with work, life, play and learning. The new station area will greatly improve this part of the city, attracting new flows of people and taking the quality of life in this part of Madrid to the next level.”

Flanked by new towers and topped by a public plaza, the proposed new station is transformed into a large urban courtyard that serves as a fully integrated mobility hub providing easy access to other modes of transportation.

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