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August 2019

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Luma Bendini

Why is Plaza de España in Madrid so windy?

In the city of Madrid two iconic building share a corner of Plaza de España (Spanish Square). A walk around this historic site will easily revel itself to be a windy experience. To find out why, we modelled the local architecture and performed a wind simulation.

 

To understand how Torre de Madrid (Madrid Tower) and Edificio España (Spain Building) influence pedestrian comfort at ground level we performed a wind simulation with Ingrid Cloud.


The area of interest

The results show that wind speed accelerates the most in front of the 2 buildings (red colour), the structures squeeze the wind towards ground level, creating a windy experience for pedestrians.

 

 

This is Pedestrian Wind Comfort!

Wind simulations are a reliable tool for architects, engineers and designers to plan urban developments in harmony with the wind. Ingrid Cloud's Wind Comfort analysis considers local weather data, numerical simulations to predict airflow behaviour and image generation to analyse the result. Learn more about Wind Comfort Simulations here.