This place is located in the Legazpi neighborhood, just in front of the Manzanares river. It used to be one of the industrial areas of the city of Madrid and represented one of the most characteristic architectural styles of the beginning of the 20th century. The slaughterhouse (matadero is the Spanish for slaughterhouse) was left abandoned until it finally stopped being a proper slaughterhouse, preserving the name and building.
Recently it has been renovated to improve the opening of Madrid to the river and the appearance of this part of Madrid. The tunnel under the M-30 road was really important for the renovation of this complex, nowadays housing various activities, from audiovisual to artistic. Theater works, music festival, etc.
One of the things I liked the most about the way they renovated this building is that they preserved the structure of the building, and not only the facade. Trying to preserve the architecture of quite rough aspect, but quite scarce in our country and that has a charm in itself.
If you decide to visit it you can go every day except Monday, unless you just want to see the outside because the industrial plants are closed. I think the entrance is free of charge, or it was when I went there at least.
Last Friday I finally had enough time to visit the Matadero, with enough time to enjoyit as such a multipurpose space deserves.
The Central de Diseño, an inmense and fantastic space to display and bring design closer to people in all its aspects.
Well, design attracts me, either product design, graphic, digital… I love seeing how the minds of designers merge beauty with functionality, I find their creations and solutions marvelous. So, when I found this place and the fantastic exhibit of “French Design”, specifically about 20 designer icons of France, I couldn´t have been happier, if the afternoon was great this was just the best way to end it. The exhibit is truly great with interactive exhibits and very diverse.
Schedule of the Di_mad:
Tuesdays to Fridays: From 4 pm to 10 pm
Saturdays and Holidays: From 11 am to 10 pm.
Check their web page on exhibits and events, as well as the free work-shops they organize.