'Floating' Design for Caixa Forum Madrid

 - Feb 24, 2008
References: eng.archinform.net & bdonline
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.