The CaixiaForum arts centre, opened earlier this year in the capital city of Spain, Madrid. It is a new cultural center in the historical center of Madrid, just near the renowned Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums, also designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The CaixaForum is a restoration and expansion of one of the few examples of industrial architecture in Madrid’s historical center, the old power plant Central Eléctrica del Mediodía.
The CaixaForum incorporates walls from a power station that previously occupied the site. Now, it includes galleries, administative offices, a restaurant and an auditorium below the ground level.
The design cuts away the base of the brick elevations, making it appear to be suspended above the ground.
“The removal of the base of the building left a covered plaza under the brick shell, which now appears to float above street level,”
The CaixaForum reminds me at the ‘Tate Modern’ museum which is also located in a old brick power station on the Thames. They redesigned the old power station in to a very attractive public space with a museum, restaurant, shops, cafes and much more.
On the picture below, you can see a computer generated view for an extension of Tate Modern. More information about ‘Transforming Tate Modern’ on http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/transformingtm/.