CaixaForum Madrid


  • Caption
    Context view with vertical garden by Patrick Blanc to the right
    Date
    8/9/2008 (creation)
Related person
Herzog & de Meuron (architectural firm)
Date
2001-2007 (alteration)
Location
Europe->Spain->Madrid->Madrid
Description
A modern art gallery (museum) in the center of Madrid, sponsored by the Catalan-Balearic bank la Caixa. It combines an old abandoned electrical station (Central Elctrica Power Station built 1899) with new construction of floors which are encased with oxidized cast-iron, which was meant to be of a similar color and weight as the brick below. The removal of the base of the building left a covered plaza under the brick shell, which now appears to float above the street level. Next to it is an art installation of green plants growing on the wall of the neighboring apartment building by French botanist Patrick Blanc. This borders a 650 sq. meter plaza created by the destruction of a gas station. Beneath the plaza is space for a theater/auditorium, service rooms, and several parking spaces.
Style/Period
Twenty-first century (LCSH)
Material
brick
glass
oxidized cast-iron cladding
Measurements
1728 in (length)
1452 in (width)
1104 in (height)