CaixaForum, Madrid

CaixaForum, Madrid (must see)

When you arrive at the Caixa Forum you will be immediately struck by two aspects of this extraordinary building. The first thing to draw your eye is the vertical garden adjoining the Forum; the second feature will take your breath away: the building appears to be floating off the ground!

When the Caixa Foundation acquired the disused power station they wanted to create a modern multicultural center, but the building was classified as a historical monument and they couldn’t have it pulled down. Instead, they hired Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron who created this truly amazing building, incorporating the ancient station with top floors in “rusted” steel. To make the building “float”, they removed the crumbling base to create a covered plaza and provide the entrance to the Forum.

There is a central staircase to take visitors of the 2000 square meters of the exposition rooms from the two underground levels to the top floor where the administration offices and a restaurant are to be found. The underground levels house an auditorium and a theater. On the other floors, you will find a library, a bookshop, exposition rooms that house both temporary and permanent exhibitions of post-modern art, conference rooms and concert rooms.

The vertical garden is over 25 meters high and is a beautiful contrast to the brick and steel Forum. The garden was designed by the French botanist Patrick Blanc, who invented the concept of mural gardens.

Why You Should Visit:
For a cheap price, you have access to exhibitions of great quality and the upper floor has a nice and comfy coffee shop to rest your legs.
They also have an exquisite gift-shop where you can do all your gift-shopping, albeit their special designs are not so cheap.

Tip:
Since the exhibits are on a rotational basis, check the website before planning a trip to make sure you want to see what they have.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: CaixaForum
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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