Matadero Madrid




Re-developed by the city of Madrid in 2006 with the goal of “promoting research, production, formation and the spread of creation and contemporary thinking in all its activities”, the original Matadero was built in the early 20th century as a slaughterhouse and livestock market.  The resultant set of pavilions housed administration, livestock, sanitary services, vehicles, and a railway. 


The area was used for other purposes during the Civil War, and by the 1970s it fell in disuse.  When the city chose to repurpose the space, it opted to convert 75% of it to cultural use, showcasing all types of artistic expression, from fashion to design to architecture.


Today, the pavilions in the Matadero exhibit a variety of artistic endeavors.  La Casa del Lector promotes reading through activities and pilot projects aimed at both readers and professionals.  Cineteca is Spain’s sole cinema exhibiting only non-fiction films.  Design is the focus of Central de Diseño, and the Nave de Música is a building geared to music, with recording studios, rehearsal rooms and a concert stage.  Theatre is the purpose of the Naves del Español, which houses a café, performance area and a space for training, discussion and rehearsals of new productions.  Lastly, the large esplanade of the complex can be transformed into a market, a bicycle race path or a venue for a concert.


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