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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Interview with Jacques Herzog.

Activate JavaScript in your browser settings for best performance. The building sits on top of three concrete cores. 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.

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. However, by continuing to use the site without changing settings, caiza are agreeing to our use of cookies. The building will preserve the industrial image of the old factory and defining a new volume.

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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 hherzog outside. We understand the quality of this translation is not excellent and we are working to replace these with high quality human translations. The demolition of the gas station created a small plaza between the Paseo del Prado and the new CaixaForum in the converted power station.


It is a heavy mass detached berzog the ground. This opened a completely novel and spectacular perspective that simultaneously solved a number of problems posed by the site.

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. The old power plant noon will become the Caixa Forum, a cultural center, an ambitious social and cultural project for Madrid.

Caixa Forum, Madrid Spain – Herzog & de Meuron

Regarding the shape of the roof, it reflects the volumes of the surrounding roofscape. Anna Hohler, Harry Gugger: These areas will be distributed at the following levels: A spectacular transformation The only material of the old power station that we could use was the classified brick shell. There is a real tension in this building between the seductiveness of the brick and iron and the ruthless removal of the ground floor. Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 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.

As a project deals with an insertion of new architectural components into an old power station. 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 spacious lobby, cafeteria, bookshop and restaurant will complement the supply center. Cookies We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site.


Updated on 24 May 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. A construction below and a construction above ground The separation of the structure from the ground level creates two worlds: 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.

Caixa Forum Madrid | Herzog and de Meuron

You can find out more or switch them off if you prefer. Terraconti, Madrid, Spain Building Data: 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. 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.

Bulletin Technique de la Suisse Romande. Also, the architects filled in the existing windows giving to the building a monolithic form.

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