Archipelago Lab: An Atlas of Metropolitan Islands for Madrid

tutor: Federico Soriano

Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (UPM)


The Archipelago offers a draft project, an action plan, for the European metropolis.

This is due to the differentiation of fragments of intensity, located islands, usually conceived as cohesion amid public sphere and the surrounding metropolitan mass.

The archipelago triumphs because it addresses the potential of architecture to create urban pockets of meaning and significance. The islands are prototypes of the city within the city.

Could this multiplicity help to negotiate the apparent inevitable juxtapositions of the European metropolis?

May architecture then become the city, while the city becomes a highly congested vacuum?


Scenes are identified. Spheres that behave as a relational framework for every metropolitan agent. Those scenes are landscapes doable to be modified or blurred by the different agents interaction. Each piece, each scene, each island, behaves as a laboratory. A “laboratorization” of the city as an archipelago is established.

Seven concrete cases are presented, from the compendium of islands that configure the project for the city. Seven documents. One for each island: plan, section, elevation, image, structure, detail and axonometry. Seven situations itemized, which will not just explain metropolitan islands separately, but would trace a unitary project that constitutes the narrative of the city of Madrid as an archipelago.


Instead of analyzing the post-post condition of the contemporary city as a state of crisis, under the necessity of correction, we ought to treat radically immanent conditions of the city as a projective model for the metropolis itself.


Pedro Pitarch, is an architect (ETSAM, UPM, 2007-2014) and musician (COM Cáceres 1996-2008).

Thesis Award at ETSAM (UPM, 2014) and First Final Project COAM Award (2014). Archiprix International Award (2015) and Archiprix Spain (2015).


He has worked at OMA / AMO (Rem Koolhaas), Federico Soriano Associated Architects (S & Aa) and Burgos & Garrido. He has made multimedia collaborations with Izaskun Chinchilla and Andrés Perea, developing an approach to architectural conditions through interdisciplinary tools.

He studied at TU Delft with The Why Factory (MVRDV) collaborating on a research project exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012).


He has participated in the II UnConference (Thinkspace, Zagreb) and his work has been recognized in several international competitions: honorable mention in “Past FordWard Competition” by think tank Think Space (2012, Zagreb), special mention in the “Jardins de Metis “2015 for the project” Atlas of Biomes “[refordgardens, Canada], Honorable Mention in the competition for the” XIV Feria DeArte “(COAM, 2015).


His projects and texts have been published in various magazines and platforms, such as Domus (no983),” Fisuras Magazine” (No16), Aphasia Blog, Grammaticals, Bartlebooth (NO 3 & 4), 255 magazine, Desierto (1, Paper Ed), Think Space Papers and Archiprix 2015.


Currently he keeps an outlying position regarding architecture, trying to establish a mediation between disparate metropolitan agents and the ways they generate city and build society in contemporary culture.