CANALiza2 school workshop
For school groups of Primary Education
#CHANNEL2 is a proposal to discover with your school group the singular history of the Sala Canal de Isabel II, a building that currently houses an exhibition hall but which at the time was conceived as the first elevated water tank in Madrid.
It was built more than 120 years ago to ensure that the water from the Lozoya River supplied the upper areas of the Chamberí neighborhood and for this purpose the engineer Luis Moya Ydígoras was hired. He was in charge of devising a large cistern with a capacity for 1.500 cubic meters of water, high up, supported by a neo-Mudejar-style exposed brick structure and which would be connected through a pipe to the collector that distributes the water.
This unique building is a great work of our industrial heritage, a testimony that has been maintained throughout all these years thanks to its change of use, as happens with many other buildings in Madrid, for example the El Águila beer complex, Matadero or the old Central Eléctrica del Mediodía among others. The building stopped working as a water tank in 1952 and, since 1985, it has been reused as an exhibition hall, hosting exhibitions on photography and fashion that we encourage you to visit, if you are not yet familiar with it.
To celebrate the exceptional nature of this building, its history and its value, we encourage you to come with your Primary Education students and participate in this activity in which we can learn to observe it from other points of view and, in this way, better discover its secrets. saved and value those architectures that surround us and, on many occasions, go unnoticed.