The Madrid Rio Project: Adaptive Reuse Transforms former Road into Urban Park

madrid-rio (All images by James Perry of Gcat’s Lair, reproduced with permission)

The Madrid Rio Project started when the section of the city’s ring road which ran parallel to the Manzanares River was moved underground, resulting in an empty stretch of land reaching 10 kilometres in length.



The area covers 649 kilometres in six districts, and has been adapted for environmental, sporting, leisure and cultural projects for the people of Madrid. The stretch of land also provides a link with other green spaces in the city such as Casa de Campo and the Linear Park of the Manzanares River.



The largest landscaped area of Madrid Rio is the Arganzuela Park, with pedestrian and cycle routes running across the space. In fact, the cycle routes across the total stretch of the project link up with neighbouring paths, creating a cycling network which spans a total of 30 kilometres.




Overall, the development of the area is considered a huge success, transforming a derelict space and creating something which everyone can appreciate – the reduction in noise and pollution and the introduction of an accessible green space into the city. Check out more great adaptive reuse projects here.