International Convention Centre of Medellín

International Convention Centre of Medellín, Medellin - Colombia, Giancarlo Mazzanti + Daniel Bonilla
Construction year: 2006
Address: Cra. 57 | MEDELLÍN | Colombia
Latitude/Longitude: 6.243373, -75.576265
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The International Convention Centre of Medellín – C.I.C., is an urban complex including ballrooms, conference facilities, educational-retail building and parking lots; within a public space structure with plazas, pedestrian ways and landscape. The urban quality of the complex creates a new feature in the city enhancing an eco-sustainable development that articulates the surrounded existing buildings and the urban structure.

The C.I.C. of Medellín is based on the idea a city of “open doors” against of the typical traditional institutional building surrounded by fences and isolate from the neighborhood. Due to this the non built areas become as import as the built ones, so public space becomes the main generator of urbanity, an opens space framed by the subtle and new feature fro the area.

The complex is the result of a composition of the place through the manipulation of the “base plan” (The floor), as the unifying element of the urban piece. It is shown as artificial new topography creating piazzas that hide part of the program of the Convention Centre, and give to the building less mass. This space enables massive events to happen, attracts people and overcrowds the place as a way to generate a new centrality for the city.

The image of the buildings is a sequence of simple volumes covered with skins from the solid stone, through the timber grid, to the un-materiality of glass. It allows an interesting mixture of light and shadows to happen. These skins are metaphor form the basement of a rock to the vertical sequence of wood elements.

The main box or main lobby is an artifact able to assume the changing range of activities that happen in this type of buildings, the inner space allows several transformations from a meeting place, or open covered and shadowed piazza, to place for concerts and events, or additional space for a temporal gallery or a fair. This can happen even when the C.I.C. is closed to the public.

Contributed by Giancarlo Mazzanti



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