Image by Andrea Roberts

Sala Canal Isabel II – Unique art space

I do enjoy the imaginative repurposing of buildings, and the Sala Canal Isabel II by Rios Rosas metro is great example.

Once upon a time, the water pressure in this neighbourhood wasn’t all that, and so this water tower was built to deal with the problem. Since then, engineering and plumbing and other such mysterious things have improved, and so, what to do with such a pretty, domed tower?

Turn it into an uber-cool gallery space of course, which is what they did in 1986; one destined specifically for contemporary photography and audio-visual exhibitions. It’s perfect – walk round this beautiful space laid out on four levels and somehow it just makes sense. There is a small lift, if your legs are not up to the stairs, although you’ll have to go up into the dome on your own steam. This part of the building has been made into a small auditorium, where films are shown.

Do you need any more convincing? Well, it’s almost always empty, and it’s free! Also, it’s nice and cool in the summer. Go on, step inside – I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!

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Details about this spot



Calle de Santa Engracia, 125, Madrid

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Opening Times

Tue - Sat 11:00 - 20:30, Sun 11:00 - 14:00




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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)