Laying out the pieces for 1:2000 Site Context Model

Drawing inspiration from how Plaza Mayor imposes itself onto the fabric of the medieval core of Madrid, I wanted to explore further how the architectural promenade would affect the western edge of the city. I decided on 1:2000 as it showed a good contrast between the density of the medieval city to the east and the less urbanised area around the Campo Del Moro Gardens. The topography of the land dictates the layout of the streets in this part of the city; with the Palacio Real sitting atop a 40 metre high series of terraces and the surrounding streets following the contours of the land.

I spent a few days preparing the laser files to send to Flux Laser Studio in Glasgow, who I’ve been using since my dissertation last year. Once the files had been cut from 2mm grey board, I spent a further few days piecing them together and gluing them all into position.  The entire process was extremely time consuming but rewarding on completion as I was able to use it to test different configurations of my design.

The main idea for the programme was to use the existing fabric of Madrid to tell the history of both the city and Spain in a holistic approach, in contrast with the existing institutions on the site which currently focus on one aspect of the countries story. It was critical therefore to have a means of testing how the promenade could tie together or remove the existing buildings on the site to achieve this.