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CaixaForum Madrid

Address Paseo del Prado 36; 28014 Madrid
Neighbourhood Atocha | See on map
Metro Atocha [L1]
Telephone +34 91 330 7300
Website http://www.obrasocial.lacaixa.es
Price Free
Hours Mon-Sun 10-20

As significant for its architecturally stunning exterior as it is for its interior function as postmodern art gallery and cultural centre, CaixaForum Madrid, designed by Swiss star architects Herzog & de Meuron and financed by the Catalan banking giant, blends the industrial and the natural seamlessly in amongst Madrid’s old town.

The rusted steel upper layers of the original power plant contrast against the verdant green horizontal garden growing up one side, whilst its very solid presence is belied by the floating foundation below, which seems to lift the building off street level.

Whilst it’s only been open since 2007 (after six years of construction), it’s drawing plenty of visitors up its sheet metal staircase and through the neon strip-lit foyer to its free exhibits, design-savvy gift shop, and cool top-floor restaurant. Less dusty then the nearby Prado or Thyssen, this may be just the right dosis of art for you.