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20140413_Madrid_GalleryThe CaixaForum in Madrid by Herzog & de Meuron is a cultural centre and museum and opened in 2007. The visible brick to the lower floor is ‘classified’ and was retained from its previous life as the Central Electrica Power Station.

The north side of the plaza, created by the demolition of an old gas station, is enclosed by an existing building with a vertical garden, designed by Patrick Blanc – the very same who designed that at the Musee du quai Branly in Paris.


  • Contrast
  • Public space
  • Industrial materials
  • Heavy’ floating brickwork
  • Soft’ green wall

To see a green wall at closer hand book on one of two tours in London during Green Sky Thinking week – click here for details of the full event:

Wednesday 30th April: 8.30-10am The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, Victoria, click here for details.

Friday 2nd May: 9-10am 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY – the largest living wall in Central London, click here for details.