The Caixa Forum Madrid by architect Pierre De Meuron was built in Madrid, Spain in Herzog & de Meuron, Jacques Herzog, Pierre De Meuron. Year: . Caixa Forum, Madrid, by Herzog & De Meuron. A decade ago Herzog & de Meuron started turning an old brick power station on the Thames. It is sponsored by La Caixa. It was constructed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron from to , which combined an old abandoned electrical.

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This covered plaza is the main entrance for the Forum and provides shade to visitors who want to spend time or meet outside.

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Updated on 24 May Bulletin Technique de la Suisse Romande. There is a real tension in this building between the seductiveness of the brick and iron and the ruthless removal of the ground floor.

Problems such as the narrowness of the surrounding streets, the placement of the main entrance, and the architectural identity of this contemporary art institution are addressed and solved in a single urban and sculptural gesture.

The demolition of the gas station created a small plaza between the Paseo del Prado and the new CaixaForum in the converted power station. You can find out more or switch them off if you prefer.

Please choose which you would like to copy: Like a vineyard that could never develop its full potential because it was planted with the meuro grape, this prominent location could not develop its full potential. They separated and removed the base and the parts that were no longer needed creating a covered plaza under the brick shell which gives the feeling that it hovers above the street level.


The classified brick walls of the former power station are reminiscences of the early industrial age in Madrid, while the gas station, a purely functional structure, was clearly out of place. It is a heavy mass detached from the ground. The Monumental and the Intimate. Die Wiederkehr ce Ornaments.

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The multi-storied building above ground houses the entrance lobby and galleries, a restaurant and administrative offices. From the existing building they kept its classified brick shell and for the new part they used rusted iron. Anna Hohler, Harry Gugger: The building will preserve the industrial image of the old factory and defining a new volume. The building sits on top of three concrete cores. 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.

As a project deals with an insertion of new architectural components into an old power station. The spacious lobby, cafeteria, bookshop and restaurant will complement the supply center.

Moreover, the separation of the structure creates a dialogue between two divisions, one below and one above the ground. This sheltered space under the CaixaForum offers shade to visitors who want to spend time or meet outside, and at the same time, it is the entrance to the Forum itself.

CaixaForum Madrid

Architecture is better explained in images Follow us on Instagram! Interview with Jacques Herzog. The attraction will not only be CaixaForum’s cultural program, but also the building itself, insofar that its heavy mass, is detached from the ground in apparent defiance of the laws of gravity and, in a real sense, draws the visitors inside.

The old power plant noon will become the Caixa Forum, a cultural center, an ambitious social and cultural project for Madrid. These areas will be distributed at the following levels: We understand the quality of this translation is not excellent and we are working to replace these with high quality human translations.


In order to conceive and insert the new architectural components of the CaixaForum, we began with a surgical operation, separating and removing the base and the parts of the building no longer needed. Terraconti, Madrid, Spain Building Data: Regarding the shape of the roof, it reflects the volumes of the surrounding roofscape. The main herzoy will be made by the 36th of the ride. Cookies We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site.

Also, the architects filled in the existing windows giving to the building a monolithic form. CaixaForum have over 2, m2 of exhibition halls, an auditorium with seats, a media library, several multipurpose rooms for conferences and other activities, conservation and restoration workshops and a warehouse of artworks.


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A construction below and a construction above ground The separation of the structure from the ground level creates two worlds: Activate JavaScript in your browser settings for best performance. This opened a completely novel and spectacular perspective that simultaneously solved a number of problems posed by the site.

Skip to main content. The architectural plan of CaixaForum-Madrid is part of the project to reorganize the axis Recoletos-Prado, an urban initiative of great relevance to Madrid.

A spectacular transformation The only material of the old power station that we could use was the classified brick shell.