City Model

Urban design in
Madrid Nuevo Norte

Respect for neighbourhood identities, introduction of nature and commitment to urban life have been fundamental in the design of Madrid Nuevo Norte, with the ultimate goal of making a friendlier, healthier, more balanced and attractive city.

Madrid Nuevo Norte is more than a major urban development project. It was born out of desire to create a new city model that will serve as an international example and that will turn the project into a truly sustainable, innovative and integrating solution.

In order to help achieve these goals, the urban design of Madrid Nuevo Norte is based on three main lines:

First, environmental values, creating green infrastructure that adds nature to the city by creating a north-south environmental axis that preserves and regenerates natural resources and that is also an ecosystem in and of itself. Connection of this environmental axis with the Metropolitan Forest, the Madrid Green Arch and the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares Regional Park. Its aim is to promote biodiversity in the urban environment, and the design integrates water and ground cover to encourage the penetration of birds and amphibians.

Urban design is a tool to improve people’s quality of life, with environmental improvement, economic growth and social value at its core.

Second, economic value through responsible territorial competitiveness. The extension of the Castellana axis is one of the keys to the economic sustainability of the project, with calle Agustín de Foxá providing a new commercial and structural axis of a city model centred around public transport.

And lastly, social value, with measures to preserve and enhance the area’s natural, cultural and landscape assets, such as the centuries-old chapels and landscape heritage, with the recovery of its history of agricultural and livestock activity and the old rural roads as part of its identity.