Caixaforum, Madrid- Herzog & de Meuron

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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.

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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.       

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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/.

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Pictures of CaxiaForum via [flickr + Iwan Baan]
More information, plans and pictures on Arcspace.

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