A hospital in 16th century Madrid, the Reina Sofia has been renovated with a modern glass elevator running down the front and some unique architectural additions to the rear.
First off, 16th century architecture in Spain is downright boring, usually rectangular and plain, with lots of small windows.
The modern addition at the back repeats the square theme of the windows in the reflective ceiling.
The result plays with the light until it looks like an abstract painting.
Frosted geometric shapes in glass reveal other traditional 16th century buildings across the street. Geometric repetition defines this new addition to the architecture of the Reina Sophia, along with light, shadows and reflections.
I’m not so sure how effective this curvilinear third addition is, although it does add a punch of brilliant red to the otherwise mostly monochrome building.
And it’s also reflective thus skewing the geometry in an interesting way.A few more almost abstract views of the building.
This reflection is of the rather curious ‘meat’ sculpture on the upper level.
The ‘meat’ sculpture picks up the red of the third addition.
More on the Artwork of the Reina Sofia.
More on our 2014 trip to Northern Spain on my Albatz Travel Adventures Blog.