Caixa Forum art centre Madrid


A must see in Madrid is the Caixa Forum art centre.

I had seen posts about the Caixa Forum building in Madrid on various websites including Dezeen. This was one of the first places I had to hunt out when I arrived in the city and wasn’t disappointed. It is a fascinating building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron. Firstly you see the garden wall against the cor-ten structure and then as you enter the underneath of the building you begin to realise that this building will be fascinating inside and out. The building incorporates walls from a power station that previously occupied the site. Throughout this post I will share some of the photos I took.

The Sculptural Entrance leading into the building.

You enter under the building – it is a fascinating sculptural space with lots of shapes, textures and water features to inspire a textile designer!

The metallic staircase up into the building.

All the shapes and shadows created on the metallic staircase leading into the art centre was wonderful to see and photograph. A really inspiring space to enter as an art gallery.

Serene white staircase leading you up to the galleries…

Then you walk up a white staircase and at each landing reach a window that shows off the pattern cut into the Cor-Ten facade. It is stunning seeing the shadows and pattern this creates on the walls and floor as the sun shines into the space.

Alvar Aalto exhibition.

There was a stunning exhibition on Alvar Aalto the Finish Architect 1898-1976 that took you through his career from start to finish. I loved seeing the different buildings he had designed through to the furniture he designed to add into the interiors of his buildings. There was also a wonderful video showing how they make the E60 stools –  we have these at home and it made them even more special to me to see the work that goes into each one.

Restaurant in the top of Caixa Forum.

The space at the top of the building creates a stunning restaurant full of pattern and shadows created by the external facade of the building. A great place to have lunch and look over the city. I loved all the patterns and colours that you saw as you looked through the windows.

A building you can enjoy seeing over and over again. A place that was full of great inspiration for a textile designer as there was so many different patterns and textures created throughout the building and the exhibition was a treat on top!