AZCA Gateway

KPF’s design transforms an isolated corner of a large development into its most prominent entrance, creating an exemplary workplace and a new public space for Madrid.

Situated at the northern edge of Madrid’s central district, the project is inspired by the site’s past, while addressing a zero-carbon future with cutting-edge sustainability measures. The “green heart” is crossed by two intertwining footpaths, one for the public and one for office users, forming new routes and urban connections. The central atrium and wind chimneys provide ample daylight and airflow. A circular staircase offers an alternative to the lift, leading to the roof where occupants can enjoy a generous roof garden. Residents and the public realm benefit from a shade canopy—doubling as water collector and energy generator—and the inclusion of mist nozzles, which provide evaporative cooling. Flexible and naturally ventilated floor plates accommodate single or multiple tenancies, and external space carries the workplace into the garden at each level. The office’s plan encourages interaction and knowledge sharing, all housed in a climatic island design that benefits human wellness and biodiversity.

A subtle, recycled ceramic façade creates a soft play of light, producing a calming effect. Constructed in collaboration with local artists and craftspeople, the ceramic offers strong atmospheric resilience and is a very low-carbon construction material. The façade’s division into three strata gives a view into the green heart of the project, spotlighted by streams of sunlight. At night, the building’s lights form a second view that is similarly dazzling.


Madrid, Spain


Office, Public Realm


14,350 m2 / 154,400 ft2

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Project Type:Office
Project Location:Europe