Caixa Forum Madrid
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The old power plant noon will become the Caixa Forum, a cultural center, an ambitious social and cultural project for Madrid.
On the walk from the Prado's classic, now comes a new and important cultural center of unmistakable structure is that of La Caixa, and has been designed by the team Herzog & de Meuron. The Foundation "la Caixa" will convert the former Central Electricity Noontime, one of the examples of industrial architecture of the late nineteenth century that persist in the old town, in CaixaForum-Madrid, his new social and cultural center in the capital.
The architectural plan of CaixaForum-Madrid is part of the renovation shaft Draft Prado-Recoletos, a town of great importance to Madrid. This project is led by Alvaro Siza and Juan Miguel Hernandez de Leon.
Located opposite the Botanical Gardens and alongside the Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid-CaixaForum will join in the important cultural offerings that are concentrated in this area.
CaixaForum-Madrid will retain the original facade of the old factory and will move from the current 2.000 m2 to occupy a total area of approximately 8,000 m2 distributed in different levels, two of them under ground. One of the peculiarities of the project of Herzog & de Meuron is the elimination of the granite plinth that surrounds the former factory.
The new building will seem levitate on a large public plaza open to all four sides that will extend the tour of the Prado and will occupy an area of over 2,500 m2. The main access will be made by the number 36 of this tour. The building will preserve the image of the old industrial plant and defining a new volume.
CaixaForum have over 2,000 m2 for exhibition halls, an auditorium with 322 seats, a media library, several multipurpose rooms for conferences and other activities, conservation and restoration workshops and a warehouse of art works. The broad lobby, cafe, shop, bookstore and restaurant will complement the supply side of the center. These areas will be distributed at the following levels:
- Level -2 parking, access to works of art, and auditorium foyer * *
- Level -1 halls, conservation workshop, warehouse, * The foyer and the auditorium will also part of the level -1.
- Plaza Level 0 public access to the center
- Level 1 lobby, cafeteria, shop-bookstore
- Level +2 Showroom
- Level +3 exhibitions and media
- Level +4 Restaurant, offices