A place  for culture that's open to everyone

The old building of the Mediodía Electric Power Plant, in Paseo del Prado, is today a cultural, social and educational facility created as a meeting point for those living in Madrid and also people visiting the capital.

The plant that used to illuminate the most bohemian Madrid

Building work started on the Mediodía Electric Power Plant in 1900, illuminating the bohemian Madrid of coffee house discussions, artists and great political and social crises. 

More than 100 years later, in 2008 this jewel of industrial Modernisme once again opened its doors, converted into a leading cultural centre and architectural masterpiece.

The design, by architects Herzog & de Meuron, winners of the Pritzker prize for architecture, aimed to maintain the plant's original geometric shape. The original façade was preserved but the floor area of the building was increased from 2,000 m² to almost 10,000 m², dedicated to cultural exhibitions and activities.

The centre is located in a large square with a spectacular vertical garden designed by Patrick Blanc. 24 metres high, 15,000 plants of 250 different species live in this remarkable wall. 

 

Accessible and always surprising

CaixaForum Madrid is situated within the Triangle of Art, together with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Prado Museum. Its privileged location and design as a venue open to all kinds of audiences has made it the perfect vehicle for promoting culture, art and science.

The cultural attractions of CaixaForum Madrid include exhibitions, workshops, talks, debates, film cycles, courses and concerts. The centre also organises activities for its younger visitors.