Naturally, La Caixa Foundation had to choose a location for its new Madrid home in the close surroundings of Madrid’s museum super stars del Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. In order for that to happen, a deserted power plant was fully restored and converted into what’s now one of Madrid’s must popular museums: CaixaForum. Today the building – that features a vertical garden designed by the French botanist Patrick Blanc – is considered one of Spain’s prime examples of industrial architecture. The staircase inside Caixa reminds us of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona, but is actually designed by a Suisse duo who are best known for their work at London’s Tate Modern museum.
CaixaForum has a permanent collection with art from the 1980s to present, but also features temporary exhibitions. Next to art, the cultural center includes a book shop, restaurant and auditorium used for concerts and conferences.