The Assembly took up its seat in the peripheral (south-eastern) Madrid district of Vallecas, pursuant to a Bureau’s decision during its third parliamentary term based on three grounds:
firstly, the wish of the House, unanimously declared from the very initial opening of the Assembly in 1983, to have its own seat;
secondly, the poor state of repair of the provisional seat, badly in need of urgent restoration works, and
thirdly, a conscious and determined choice of the above-mentioned part of Madrid as the Region’s parliamentary location in an attempt to redress the traditional imbalances in the geographical distribution of official premises in the capital city (most of them in the city centre and a few relatively modern ones in the north). The Assembly was thereby moving southwards, a change that was a symbol even more than a physical reality. The settlement of the Assembly in Vallecas has had furthermore a conspicuous influence on the whole area, as Madrid’s City Council (Ayuntamiento de Madrid) had the the courtesy of giving the Assembly’s name to the stately square in which it is now located, and RENFE, the national railroad operating company, had the similar gesture of renaming as Asamblea de Madrid-Entrevías the nearby local railways station.
The current seat consist of two buildings that make up a modern and homogeneous complex with three main outside features: a glass "clock-tower" (torre del reloj), a glass and granite facade and a row of really tall concrete colonnade as an external atrium.
The Assembly’s seat in numbers:
|Complex’ total surface area
||7.148,87 m2 (1)|
|Complex’ perimeter length
||357,29 m (1)|
|Main buildings surface
||3.980,06 m2 (1)|
|Groups’ building surface
||682,06 m2 (1)|
|Clock towers’ height
||33,3 m (1)|
|Main building’s maximum height
||16,375 m (1)|
|Maximum height of group’s building
||28,9 m (1)|
|Main building’s actually built surface
||16,855 m2 (2)|
|Groups’ building actually built surface
||5,456 m2 (3)|
|Main building’s total usable area
||7,999 m2 (3)|
|Total usable area of group’s building
||4,910 m2 (3)|
(1) according to the seats’ building plan
There is inside a big glass cube housing a spacious French-style hemicycle, which is intended to symbolize transparency and the Legislative Power’s openness to the society it represents. In the hemicycle, built in alabaster and wood, we must single out some original lamps and an imposing mural painting by Lucio MUÑOZ, his last work, which he himself chose to name “the unfinished city” (La ciudad inacabada) , and which also reflects the Assembly’s insatiable and therefore never totally fulfilled will to serve citizens.
Outside and round the cube, in which the main part of the Assembly’s day-to-day activity is carried out, a Gallery of portraits of the successive Speakers of thde Assembly and also the former Speakers’ Platform of the “old big house” of St. Bernard Street are very much worth looking at. In the western atrium the visitor’s eye cannot overlook, because of their remarkable dimensions and their artistic value, two pictorial works: one “Madrid as seen from Vallecas “ (Madrid desde Vallecas”) by the famous painter Antonio LOPEZ (born in the CASTILLA-LA MANCHA Region), generously donated by the Madrid Savings Bank, and “The time as announced in newspapers” (La hora que anuncian los diarios), by painter Juan GENOVES, from VALENCIA, which was purchased by the Assembly during its fourth (IV) parliamentary term.