If you're standing in front of it, take a look at your right: A vertical garden!
It is the former electrical station that supplied the centre of Madrid.
A century ago, coal was the raw material that filled the building. Today it is art and culture in general. La Central Eléctrica del Mediodía, which supplied electricity to the whole of the central area in the early twentieth century is located on Paseo del Prado and complements the area's cultural offering. Even before you enter you will be amazed by the brick architecture and the renovations performed by Herzog & de Meuron who eliminated the granite base and achieved an almost magical visual effect as the building appears to be floating above the floor. On the wall of the adjacent building is the famous vertical garden by Patrick Blanc, which houses 15,000 plants and 250 different species and survives without land, only with water. It is incredibly green. Inside the Caixa Forum you will find, covering 10,000 square metres, exhibition rooms, an auditorium, restaurant, shop etc. Its has an eclectic range of activities with art exhibitions going from strength to strength year after year, conferences, debates on current affairs, concerts, film festivals and educational workshops. On the first floor there is a lounge area from which you can observe the urban bustle.
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