Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Madrid: La semana de la Arquitectura

Esta semana en Madrid, del 3 de octubre al 10 de octubre, es la semana de la arquitectura.  Muchos edificios famosos, de estílos diferentes, abren sus puertas para mostrar la arquitectura estupenda que ofrece la ciudad de Madrid.  En cada día de la semana, hay diferentes edificios para explorar.
This week in Madrid, (Oct 3-10) is Architecture Week.  Many famous buildings, built in different styles,  will open their doors to display the fabulous architecture of Madrid.  For each day of the week, there are different constructions to visit.

Awesome Architecture #1 - El Palacio del Cristal

Palacio de Cristal
Palacio de Cristal
Ayer, en la primera día, fui al Palacio de Cristal en el Parque del buen Retiro.  El Palacio de Cristal es uno de los edificios que usa el Museo de la Reina Sofía para las exposiciones.  De verdad, el Palacio de Cristal es un edificio fascinante porque casi todo es de vidrio - las paredes, la techa, etc.  Si estás frente del edificio, puedes ver los árboles en el otro lado del edificio.
Yesterday, on the first day, I went to the Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park.  The Crystal Palace is a space used by the Reina Sofía Museum for exhibitions.  Really, what's fascinating about this building is that it is made almost completely of glass - the walls, the ceiling, etc.  You can see through it.
Palacio de Cristal
Ahora en el Palacio de Cristal, hay una exhibición liberal y progresivo de dos partes. Una parte es un "soundtrack" de voces que parecen que están cantando unas oraciones, y dicen cosas de revoluciones, mensajes feministas, y más.  The cadence of the voices makes it seem like they´re praying, obviously for the messages they´re saying.  The voices fill the space, making you feel trapped in the glass palace, and equally trapped by the voices.  Regardless of what part of the palace you´re in, you can´t get away for the voices.  It´s as if the artist´s intent may be to force the visitors to confront and consider these issues.

Palacio de Cristal
Exhibit at El Palacio de Cristal
La segunda parte de la exhibición parece un poco como grafitti en las fotos, pero no es.  El artista ha puesto polvo en todas las partes de las ventanas del palacio, y ha escrito con el dedo los mensajes que dicen las voces.  El Palacio de Cristal parece como un lugar perfecto para poner mensajes en polvo en las ventanas porque las ventanas del Palacio de Cristal son tan grandes.  El edificio entero está hecho de ventanas.  Cuando termine de poner el polvo en las ventanas, creo que the visitors will also feel trapped by the written messages, which should pair effectively with the voices rebounding around the building. 








Awesome Architecture #2 - Sede Palacio de Velázquez

Sede Palacio de Velázquez
I also wandered around the outside of the Sede Palacio de Velázquez, another of the Museo de la Reina Sofía's buildings located in the Parque del Retiro right near the Palacio de Cristal.  There were some pretty sweet gargoyle-looking sculptures near the entrance.








Sede Palacio de Velázquez
Awesome Architecture #3 - El Puente de la Arganzuela

Puente de la Arganzuela
Day 2: Today I went to the Parque de la Arganzuela in the southern part of Madrid to see the Puente de la Arganzuela (Arganzuela Bridge).  Not gonna lie, it's the coolest bridge I've ever seen.  Dominique Perrault designed this super-fabulous pedestrian bridge, which flows over the Manzanares River.  In a bunch of places online, the bridge is described as "two metal, interlocking spirals, wrapped in a metal ribbon."  Pretty accurate.  The spirals widen toward the middle of the bridge.  They're sort of like two cornucopias (there's an open space in the middle) that don't curve at the ends.  Anyways, a picture is worth a thousand words, and posting my photos is easier than describing what this amazing bridge looks like.
Puente de la Arganzuela
Awesome Architecture #4 - El Puente de Toledo

Puente de Toledo
The Parque de la Arganzuela has another pedestrian bridge called the Puente de Toledo, which also goes over the Manzanares River.  The style of the Puente de Toledo is completely different than the abstract, modern style of the Puente de la Arganzuela.  It's more classic and elegant instead of funky and abstract.  Putting these two bridges side-by-side was certainly an interesting decision.  Kind of fun.

1 comment:

  1. It is very interesting when architecture combines the contemporary with the old. I love the contrast. The buildings are extremely beautiful. Both bridges are amazing!

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