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Madrid's creative and innovation district of Arganzuela. SOURCE: Google Maps

The Curious Case of Arganzuela

Madrid's Creative & Innovation Hub

By Marte Martin | January 8, 2019
Category: Big Picture

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The sky is the limit for tech, innovation and creatives in Madrid. Local, national and international talent enjoy one of the most liveable cities in the world, with excellent infrastructure and probably the friendliest atmosphere you can find anywhere.

The district of Arganzuela exemplifies the finest in Madrid’s character of enthusiasm and sobriety. It's the greenest and most dynamic district, and for some time now, it's where innovation, entrepreneurship and the creative industries have found a home.

Arganzuela is likely to become the next best place to start a business. Global companies which promote the new economy, such as Google, Amazon, Acciona, Repsol, Netflix, Ericsson, CLH or Airbus are moving in.

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El cielo es el límite para la tecnología, la innovación y las industrias creativas en Madrid. El talento local, nacional e internacional disfruta de una de las ciudades más habitables del mundo, con una infraestructura excelente y quizás el ambiente más amigable que un@ pueda encontrar en cualquier lugar.

El distrito de Arganzuela es el mejor ejemplo de entusiasmo y sobriedad de Madrid. Es el distrito más verde y dinámico, y donde la innovación, el espíritu emprendedor y los creativos han encontrado un hogar.

Es más que posible que Arganzuela se convierta en el siguiente mejor lugar del mundo para ser creativo y emprender. Empresas globales que promueven la nueva economía, como Google, Amazon, Acciona, Repsol, Netflix, Ericsson, CLH o Airbus han aterrizado en Arganzuela.



Madrid, Madrid, Madrid


Madrid Overview. Photo Source: CAvilesPhoto



The sky is the limit for tech, innovation and creatives in Madrid. Local, national and international talent enjoy one of the most liveable cities in the world, with excellent infrastructure and probably the friendliest atmosphere you can find anywhere.

Although Madrid lacks the financial might of London, Berlin or New York, 'its emergence as a city of opportunity, its drive to promote startup creation, its status as gateway to Latin America and its wonderful quality of life make the city a melting pot for taste [and] city-wide tenacity' (Monocle Films) and can-do attitude - Marte Martin Venture Agency.

Madrid Center, by Marte Martin



The emergence of ‘entrepreneurship’ as a policy has created a wave of innovation hubs around the world. Surprisingly (and perhaps luckily too), Madrid's lack of determination when it comes to 'entrepreneurship-policy' has resulted in some sort of a natural selection of a district which embodies the blueprint of a new breed of entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Arganzuela–a great place to live and work.


The Monocle Travel Guide: Madrid. SOURCE: Monocle Films





The District of Arganzuela


Ballet Nacional de España, Chopera, by Madrid for you, City of Madrid



The district of Arganzuela exemplifies the finest in Madrid’s character of enthusiasm and sobriety. It's the greenest and most dynamic district, and for some time now, it's where innovation, entrepreneurship and the creative industries have found a home.

Madrid Rio Park, which offers nearly 10K of running paths along the river, has won multiple urban design prizes, including the 2015 Veronica Rudge Green Prize. The jury member Jerold Kayden stated that “Madrid Río is a biker’s and jogger’s dream linear park, to be sure, but it is as much a collection of neighbourhood spaces.” An additional 8K of cycling paths are currently under construction to connect the north-west side of the city to the south-east side.

AVE High Speed Terminal



Since its origins, Arganzuela has represented the frontier of change and progress in Spain and beyond, from the times of the Crusades during the Middle Ages to the late arrival of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century. From the days of the crises in the early 20th Century which culminated in a civil war, to the deindustrialization of the city in the second half of the century, Madrid has since experienced a new wave of industrial creativity.

Madrid Rio Park, The 2015 Veronica Rudge Green Urban Design Prize, Arganzuela.




Newfound Love for Industry


Central de Diseño, Factoría Cultural, Matadero.



Arganzuela mixes the old with the modern, the industrial with the residential, and it’s the place where the creatives and the new industries are coming together to thrive. You can expect to see Neo-Mudéjar-style industrial buildings (Atocha Train Station or Google Campus), Rationalism style buildings (The Fruit Market or Parque Sur Building), with shop-like warehouses in between residential neighbourhoods.

Warehouses and offices on Paseo Imperial.



Matadero, which houses theatres, expo halls, a modern-art museum, an enormous co-working space, an accelerator, Telefonica’s eSports Center, various start-ups and much more, is Madrid’s main creative hub.

Exterior of 'Nave 16', Matadero, Madrid Creative Center.



Because of the district’s industrial DNA, locals are welcoming the startup culture to the area. Arganzuela also has a long history with the creative industries, giving the district an even more distinct identity and more access to talent. And just recently, the district became officially cool with the opening of its first specialty café, Jupiter Drama.

Mendez Alvaro Business District



Arganzuela is likely to become the next best place to start a business. Global companies which promote the new economy, such as Google, Amazon, Acciona, Repsol, Netflix, Ericsson, CLH or Airbus are moving in. Economic growth is stimulating new business creation and startups in Arganzuela. Parclick, ShuttleCloud, SpotAHome, 24Symbols, Localistico and Triporate are some of Madrid’s first generation startups to establish their headquarters in Arganzuela.

Amazon Spain, Mendez Alvaro.



Because of the surge of energy in Arganzuela, co-working spaces, incubators and the like are settling in, providing further support mechanisms and contributing to growing ventures. Formal education in entrepreneurship is also popping up in the district, and for better or worse, it’s spreading across the city. KeepCoding and IronHack, Madrid’s best-known coding schools, are both located in Arganzuela.



By Marte Martin Venture Agency



By Marte Martin Venture Agency



Since its origins, Arganzuela has represented the frontier of change and progress in Spain and beyond, from the times of the Crusades during the Middle Ages to the late arrival of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century. From the days of the crises in the early 20th Century which culminated in a civil war, to the deindustrialization of the city in the second half of the century, Madrid has since experienced a new wave of entrepreneurship. Arganzuela is now in a privileged position to push forward the frontier of knowledge into the new era of innovation. And believe me, you’ll hear about Arganzuela again.


By: Marte Martin






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