Medialab Prado


The Building: The Belgian Sawmill


In the heart of Madrid, located next to the Paseo del Prado, Medialab-Prado has been hosted by the renewed Serrería Belga building since April 2013. These old sawmills are one of the few examples of industrial architecture still surviving in Madrid. In its over 4000 m2, Medialab-Prado is home to workshops, open labs, meeting spaces and conferences, and a digital facade of 10 X 15 metres facing the Plaza de las Letras.

The adaptation of the Serrería Belga was executed by architects María Langarita y Víctor Navarro. The architectural operation is premised on a contemporary format of intervention, which goes beyond the conventional concept of rehabilitation. The proposal is constructed as a dialogue between two different entities: The Sawmill and The Thing, a device which connects both naves.

The Serrería Belga, built over a number of phases during the 1920's by architect Manuel Álvarez Naya, is one of the first architectural examples in Madrid to use exposed reinforced concrete, and which maintains, behind its classicist facade, a strong industrial character, which has been preserved.

The rehabilitation of the Serrería Belga has been awarded with the XII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Town Planning award, and with the COAM 2013 Award.


> The Memory of the Belgian Sawmills. Picture Album in Flickr

> Current imagenes of the building  



Guided visits could be arranged to get to know first-hand the cultural project and to approach the building, it´s story and it´s reform.
It is necessary to send an email to:

Schedule: Monday to Saturday from 11h to 21h (except Tuesdays)

Duration: around 45 minutes

Maximum visitors recommended: 25 persons

We recommend to notify the visit in advance in order to organized it with the cultural mediators and to make sure it does not coincide with other activities.If your group is interested in a specific area, we advise to let us know so we could adapt it better to your interests.


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917 220 400 / info(at)  

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