Medialab Prado is a cultural space that works as a production and dissemination laboratory for projects related to the Internet and digital networks. Located in the former building of the Serrería Belga (The Belgian Sawmill), right in the heart of the Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) and next to the Paseo del Prado, this is one of the scarce examples of industrial architecture that remain in the city centre.
When the space was refurbished, its industrial style was respected by using exposed reinforced concrete. The Classicist façade was maintained, albeit with the addition of a giant screen integrated into the urban environment.
Covering some 2,500 square metres, Medialab Prado has many important spaces:
- Alameda Hall, the main space in which we find roomy, open-space exhibition rooms known as Lab 0 and Lab 1, together with other smaller areas for workshops and training, such as the MiniLabs.
- The Ground Floor Corridor, an open air space accessible from Calle Alameda and from Calle Ceniceros which preserves the original industrial aesthetics of the building and where the refurbishment work can be admired.
- Ceniceros Hall, which houses the auditorium with a capacity for 200 people and a canteen.
- Digital Façade, a giant screen suitable for interactive projects thanks to its colour CCTV system that can collect images in real time.
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