Caixa Forum Zaragoza - Estudio Carme Pinós { 48 images } Created 3 Feb 2016

Designed by architect Carme Pinós,who won Spain’s National Architecture Prize in 2010, the seventh CaixaForum cultural center built by the charitable foundation of Spanish bank La Caixa is a unique building in which the severity of its basic materials combines with both natural and artificial light coming in through 1,600 perforated aluminum sheets that cover the three-story, 7,000-square-meter structure.
The cubes host the center’s two halls dedicated to temporary exhibitions, one 780 square meters and the other 438 square meters. La Caixa has chosen a double exhibition of contemporary art, almost all of it from its own collection, to inaugurate the new building. Planos sensibles traces informalism in Spanish painting, while Narrativas de la imagen offers videos and photos taken in the last few years. Antoni Tàpies, Antonio Saura, Pablo Palazuelo, Manuel Millares, Miquel Barceló, Eduardo Chillida, José Manuel Broto, Jeff Wall, Javier Peñafiel, Ignasi Aballó, Sophie Calle, Willie Doherty and Eve Sussman are some of the names whose works feature.
The two big cubes are suspended at different levels. At the topmost part sit the cafeteria and a restaurant affording panoramic views over the Expo 2008 site. On the ground floor, a feeling of space predominates, achieved through open areas and glass walls. Through a garden you then go down into a spectacular 252-seater auditorium in which the architect has played with wood to cover ceilings and walls with the same sheets that visitors will go on finding scattered around the building, creating a unifying effect.
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