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  • CaixaForum building by Puig i Cadafalch


CaixaForum is housed inside the former textile mill Casaramona, which was designed by the modernista architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The cultural attraction opened in 2002, after a complete refurbishment undertaken by different architects. The Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, who won Pritzker Prize in 2019 and also designed the Palau Sant Jordi sports arena, was commissioned to design the entrances and lobby for the new building. Located below street level, it is a spacious area with a glass frontage leading into the lobby and large geometric white marble slabs.

The centre offers a wide range of events with a broad appeal: exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary art, exhibitions devoted to international artists, concerts, film screenings, debates and lectures, performing-arts events, sessions about literature and contemporary thought, multimedia art and family activities make the old factory a key attraction.

CaixaForum brings together technology and creativity through its permanent immersive audiovisual experiences that take you on a VR journey combining state-of-the-art technology with music. Symphony explores compositions by Beethoven, Mahler and Bernstein performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and and allows the audience to experience and enjoy classical music like one of the musicians in the orchestra. The public become members of the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu during the Ravel's Bolero experience and join in with them as they play.

In addition to this, CaixaForum has opened an exhibition space and is running a series of guided tours, entitled "Modernisme-Modernity. Tours of the Former Modernista Factory", which reveal the hidden details of the former textile mill. The visit gives us an insight into the history of the building and the figure of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who, along with Domènech i Montaner and Antoni Gaudí, was one of the leading lights of modernista architecture.

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