Caixa Forum art exhibition Madrid (by dirk huijssoon)
CaixaForum is the new headquarter of the cultural centre of the “la Caixa” Foundation in Madrid, opposite the Prado, a new building designed for all kinds of audiences offering a broad range of cultural, social and educational activities designed for learning and having fun at the same time. The new Cultural Centre has 4,000 square metres of space devoted to exhibition galleries, an auditorium with seating for 400 people and a thoroughly modernised media library/library.
The Caixa Forum extends the brick shell of the former Mediodía power station to house a new entrance lobby, café, galleries, restaurant and administrative offices.
Project is by Herzog & de Meuron (also known for the newOlympic Stadium in Beijing). The spectacular vertical Garden is by Patrick Blanc.
The project extends underground to contain a theatre, service rooms and parking, and includes a 650sq m public space created by demolishing a gas station.