CaixaForum Madrid

Paseo del Prado, 36, Madrid
Madrid, Spain
closed on: open every day except Christmas, New Year's Eve & Epiphany
Museum Type: Cultural centers
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The CaixaForum Madrid is a renowned art center in the heart of the capital of Spain, close to the Museo del Prado, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum.

Opened to the public in 2008, the CaixaForum is housed in the former Mediodìa powerhouse, renovated and expanded after a design by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, which has become one of the city’s urban landmarks. The center is easily recognizable by its rusted steel cladding and its famous vertical-garden facade, designed in collaboration with French botanist Patrick Blanc.

Herzog & de Meuron designed a largely new 7-story building, retaining only the brick facades of the existing building. As in the Museu Blau in Barcelona, the architects created a covered plaza at the street level to provide a sheltered gathering space for both the visitors of the center and the passersby.

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Caixaforum Madrid, north facade; photo by Wojtek Gurak

Caixaforum Madrid Herzog & de Meuron facade

Detail of the rusted iron facade, photo by Andrés Besomi

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The covered plaza at the ground floor with the main entrance, photos courtesy Herzog & de Meuron, and by Jorge Cano

From a functional perspective, the center is divided into two parts, one above and one below the ground, with the covered plaza in between.
The two floors located underground accommodate a 311-seat auditorium and theater, multifunctional rooms, service spaces, and a car park; while the levels above ground house the entrance lobby, exhibition galleries, administration offices, a bookshop, and a panoramic restaurant.

Caixaforum Madrid Herzog & de Meuron entrance lobby

The entrance lobby, photo by Mertxe Iturrioz

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Longitudinal section drawing

Caixaforum Madrid Herzog & de Meuron transverse section

Transverse section drawing

Caixaforum Madrid Herzog & de Meuron staircase

Caixaforum Madrid Herzog & de Meuron exhibition gallery

The main staircase of the center, and one of the exhibition galleries; photos by Iwan Baan, courtesy Herzog & de Meuron

Caixaforum Madrid Herzog & de Meuron floor plans

Floor plans, levels -1, +1, and +4

Activities at the Caixaforum include exhibitions of art, design, and architecture, conferences, concerts, film screenings, workshops, and educational programs for children and families.
The Caixaforum Madrid is fully accessible by people with disabilities; wheelchairs are available free-of-charge at the entrance desk.

Cover: Caixaforum Madrid, south facade, photo by Wojtek Gurak

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