City Island


City Island, an island in the heart of the city. It’s occupying the vacant site of a former public indoor swimming pool. A developer demolished the building to build a new shopping center. But financial crisis interrupted these developing plans and the plot became a leftover, surrounded by a construction fence right in the heart of the popular and pulsing district of La Latina, Madrid.
Here the collective exyzt installed it’s on 3 weeks extended contribution to the noche en blanco of Madrid. The city island, was a temporary but lively public space to enjoy the shade of the rainforest and its lagoon. After three weeks and a massive public interest, collective exyzt moved but left sufficient building material and a well prepared ground for a neighbourhood initiative, which supported by local architecture collectives started El Campo de Cebada.


Barrio de La Latina, Madrid, Espagne


From: September 11, 2010
Until: September 26, 2010



  • Basurama
  • Neighbours and local initiatives

Image Credits: EXYZT/ Mattia Paco Rizzi/ Aranzazy Fernandez/Eammanuel Gabilly