T+L Design Awards 2009
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Best MuseumCaixaforum Madrid
Madrid, Spain. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron
The self-confident wit—or is it the sheer brilliance?—of architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron is subtly yet unmistakably on display at CaixaForum Madrid, a building that seems to hover just above the street. This bit of architectural magic creates a natural entrance to the museum from the adjacent plaza and preserves the original façade of the 1901 electrical plant in the heart of Madrid. On top, a two- story addition in oxidized steel makes space for galleries and a café overlooking the Paseo del Prado.