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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We understand the quality of this translation is not excellent and we are working to replace these with high quality human translations. From the existing building they kept its classified brick shell and for the forim part they used rusted iron. However, by continuing to use the site without hrrzog settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

The building will preserve the industrial image of the old factory and defining a new volume.

CaixaForum Herzog & de Meuron – folio

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. Updated on 24 May 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.


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A spectacular transformation The only material of the old power station that we could use was the classified brick shell. This opened a completely novel and spectacular perspective that simultaneously solved a number of problems posed by the site.

CaixaForum Madrid – art center – Herzog & de Meuron

This covered plaza is the main entrance for the Forum and provides shade to visitors who want to spend time or meet outside. Like a vineyard that could never develop its full potential because it was planted with the wrong grape, this prominent location could not develop its full potential.

Interview with Jacques Herzog. A construction below and a construction above ground The separation of the structure from the ground level creates two worlds: Also, the architects filled in the existing windows giving to the building a monolithic form.

You can find out more or switch them off if you prefer. The multi-storied building above ground houses the entrance lobby and galleries, a restaurant and administrative offices.

The spacious lobby, cafeteria, bookshop and restaurant will complement the supply center. The Monumental and the Intimate. 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.

Skip to main content. The building sits on top of three concrete cores. Terraconti, Madrid, Spain Building Data: 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 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. 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 architectural plan of CaixaForum-Madrid is part of the project to reorganize the axis Recoletos-Prado, an urban initiative of great relevance to Madrid. Moreover, the separation of the structure creates a dialogue between two divisions, one below and one above the ground.

Audioscan, Barcelona, Spain Green Wall: Bulletin Technique de la Suisse Romande. 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.

Please choose which you would like to copy: It is a heavy mass detached from dde ground. Anna Hohler, Harry Gugger: