Cordoba Congress Center with Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Public promenade, congress center, residence of the orchestra of Cordoba, car park, includes 2,000 seat congress & concert auditorium, 650-seat auditorium, 550seat outdoor auditorium, conference facilities, 3 multifunction exhibition spaces, rehearsal and recording rooms.

The project was commissioned the city of Cordoba as part of their bid for the European City of Culture 2016 for a site adjacent to the old city of Cordoba, a UNESCO world heritage site.

The building is composed of 200m long beam with a horizontal slice through the middle. The slice forms a linear trajectory connecting all parts of the building and the surrounding park. Functioning as a programmatic sandwich, the upper and lower layers of the slice fold or converge to respond to different interior/exterior pressures along its length: separating to create an exterior promenade; converging to define the auditorium proscenium. Cantilevered from the beam is the seating area of the main auditorium.

The building is clad in green u-glass planks with a bubble pattern slumped into them. The bubbles catch the strong southern light and flood the interior with a cloudy green light.
Across the river from the old city of Cordoba
With ruins in the foreground
Linear trajectory from earth to promenade to theater
"Bubble glass" developed for project
Clad in green glass
Volume of main auditorium intersecting with bar
Underneath main auditorium
With hazy green light