The Caixaforum cultural center in Zaragoza was open on June 27th. The complex will be built on the area once occupied by the railway town of Portillo today replaced by high speed station of Delicias next to new technological citizen of the Milla Digital, Extending to an area equal to 5,527 square meters, of which 4,407 employees the new volume.
The building is Spain’s seventh CaixaForum, one of a string of cultural centres financed by La Caixa, the foundation of the Barcelona-based savings bank. The new facility consists of two large geometric bodies, within which it is placed as many exhibition areas, on different levels.
The CaixaForum Zaragoza includes temporary exhibition spaces inside each cube: one measures 780 sq. m and the other 438 sq. m. and On Saturday, the centre opened with two contemporary art shows drawn mainly from La Caixa’s collection.
Moreover, an exhibition was also be devoted to illustrating the process of building CaixaForum Zaragoza, which began in September 2010 and took three and a half years to complete. The building has been designed as a unique work.
It was placed as a sculptural element at the entrance of the park, becoming a door and connecting at the same time two parts of the city which until then had remained separate. The plan was to create a public space – both outside and inside the building.
The project includes exhibition halls, conference rooms, a café-restaurant with panoramic views and a multi-purpose auditorium with a capacity of 250. In fact, on the upper part of the building and with views to the city are the coffee shop and the restaurant.
Opposite to them and created by the different levels between halls, there is a terrace bar which keeping with the indoors restaurant allows to enjoy fantastic views of the Ranillas meander and Expo Zaragoza.
The CaixaForum Zaragoza building has won the ACHE (Scientific-Technical Association of Structural Concrete) Structural Engineering Award in the Building category.
This prize is awarded jointly to developers, designers and builders and aims to reward Spanish works which have been fully finished during the past three years and which stand out for aspects such as techniques used, innovation, level of integration within the environment, aesthetics, quality and social value.
The cultural centre has been completed in less than four years and is expected to receive around 300.000 visitors a year.
Location: Calle José Anselmo Clave, Zaragoza, Spain
Architects: Estudio Carme Pinos
Main architect: Carme Pinós Desplat
Project Director: Samuel Arriola, Elsa Martí, Alberto Feijoo
Structure: Robert Brufau i Associats
Electricty, plumbing…: INDUS
Model: Miquel Lluch
Computer graphics: Daniel Cano
Client: Obra Social La Caixa
Photographs: Ricardo Santonja, Estudio Carme Pinós