Large-Scale Installations Link a Historic Plaza to the 21st Century
The goal of this experimental project was to play with the notion of urban history and evolution. A series of large-scale interventions were designed to change people’s experience of Madrid’s 400 year-old Plaza Mayor and to heighten their sense of its past and present. The experiential master plan was built around three different strategies: The first one proposed a mirror box in the center of the square, which is lined by three-story residential buildings. In turn, its interior is transformed into a lush garden. This intervention would allow visitors to experience the space without the equestrian statue at the centre, which was only placed there in 1848. Trees, however, were planted across the original square. The intervention is a play on history and offers visitors a way to access the past without modifying the square’s present structure.