Anyway, on to today's building. If you've been to Madrid, or seen any publicity for travel to Madrid, you've seen this building. It's not technically a sky scraper - there are only 25 stories - but in a city where the average building height is only six stories, it is indeed a visible landmark. The Edificio España, or Spain Building, was completed in 1953 and was the tallest building in the country at that time (it's now tied for number 22, 8th in the capital).
Neo-baroque in style, it reminds me of Stalin's 7 Sisters in Moscow. This makes even more sense when we look at the building's symbolic purpose - a testament to prosperity and modernity during Franco's regime.
|i sure hope that fire escape continues somewhere!|
I'm excited to say that the building was recently purchased (if you´re interested, by Dalian Wanda, a Chinese real estate group). Deciding to sell such an iconic building to foreigners created some controversy, but I say the real shame would be letting it fall into further disrepair.
Plans to reopen Edificio España as a hotel, offices, shopping centre and luxury apartments are underway, with a timeline of just four years! Perhaps I'll be able to enjoy that rooftop meal after all...
And in case you were wondering, sky scraper in Spanish is rascacielos.