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Power Plant Turned Cultural Centre

'Floating' Design for Caixa Forum Madrid

— February 24, 2008 — Art & Design
The old Mediodia power plant in Madrid has been transformed into a striking new cultural centre by Pritzker Prize winning Herzog and de Meuron Architects who have taken an entirely unexpected approach to a monumental, brick landmark.

The Basel based architects are known for their diverse portfolio of high profile, quirky public buildings such as the Tate London, which is also a former power station, and nearly complete Beijing Stadium.

In Madrid, they created the effect of a 'floating' building by cutting back the brickwork at the base of the existing building and creating a sense that it is hovering above the ground. The cultural centre, 'The Caixa Forum' features a new addition above and new theatre below.
Trend Themes
1. Adaptive Reuse - Opportunity for repurposing existing structures to create innovative cultural spaces.
2. Architectural Transformation - Innovative design approaches that challenge conventional notions of building structures.
3. Cultural Revitalization - Reimagining historically significant buildings to breathe new life into urban spaces.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects can explore unconventional design techniques to create visually striking and functional buildings.
2. Cultural Institutions - Cultural organizations can consider repurposing existing structures to expand their reach and provide unique experiences to visitors.
3. Urban Development - City planners can revitalize urban areas by transforming old buildings into cultural centers, adding value to the community.
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