Youth centre by Mi5 Arquitectos


Spanish studio Mi5 Arquitectos have completed a youth centre with a star-shaped interior on the outskirts of Madrid.

Called New Youth Centre in Rivas Guzman, the single-storey building features faceted interior surfaces in clashing colours.

A room with a star-shaped plan at one corner of the building was designed to represent an explosion of activity within.

This theme is continued to the outside of the building, where surfaces are bright purple and orange with star-shaped metal railings.

Photographs are by Miguel de Guzman.

The following information is from Mi5:



From the beginning, the project was conceived as the possibility of making the “underground” visible, a construction devised as a radical manifestation of Madrid’s outskirts youthful spirit in general, and of Rivas´ youth groups in particular.

The project aspires to become an explicit “teen” communication vehicle by appropriating their language and their voices as the ingredients of the project.

In this way, the project’s team embraces all Rivas’s youth groups by means of an open participation process, in which the future users of the centre, combined with technicians and politicians, will contribute their decisions, their concerns, their fantasies and their aesthetics to create a contemporary “social monument”.

The end result of this process is a public structure with a punk spirit, intensely burdened with content and articulated around programmatic centres conceived as activity explosions, which are erected as meeting and exchange points of the emerging communities.

Posted on Sunday January 17th 2010 at 4:30 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • K

    very interesting space! n i like the orange! but the purple is just wrong….

  • I love the interior of this school, although the star shaped room’s pit seems to be a bit problematic. The exterior is just bizarre, very 80’s,

  • max

    the inside is not that bad but the exterior…ufff

  • Jeff

    reminds me of a jumping castle …. might be a good thing?

  • Lmare

    fun.thats it.

  • nix

    nice interior though…

  • xtiaan

    the outside is a wee bit hideous, its like all the bad things about memphis stuck on the outside of a building
    the interior looks stunning however, I bet the kids love this place.

  • Andrew Chow

    the exterior remind me of mario game, urgh…

  • Hmmm… I see Bart and Lisa Simpsons there. :-p

  • cos

    I think the bright-coulored orange is not appropriate.
    It will make people feel unconfortable if being there long time.

  • klejdi eski

    Who tells that just because it is “youth” it has to be like chinese electronic toys…

  • pacman

    interior space is a total success, but i wish the building was underground!!!

  • Diego

    Zap in hundreds of gaming units, a cigarette machine & a condom one too, just for good measure to keep polititions off our backs.
    Voila – we are in business for a mega arcade.
    Now we just need a big sign with flashing neons for added attracton of the masses.
    Any suggestions for a name???

  • ste

    interesting spaces in the inside… those orange frames on the outside and the horrible purple facade destroys every positive vibe… ouch

  • Wim

    Architecture on steroids! :D

  • cacas

    angry kids… 10 minutes a day into the red little one, and than you can kill all your little friends…. just kidding.. heheheh!!!
    I just don´t like it, but they have balls.

  • anthony

    i love the orange but it seems to be a bit too much! i mean u can barely stay in the room with ur eyes open longer than 5 minutes, it can drive u crazy.

  • Emmanuel

    It’s like going to school at McDonalds…

  • yeah

    Architecture is right to be fun sometimes! Love the exterior, it will really stand out and make an impact in the context. Of course you can't make every building like this but this project is very nice in my opinion.