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La Llotja de Lleida / Mecanoo + labb arquitectur

  • 01:00 - 18 February, 2010
La Llotja de Lleida / Mecanoo + labb arquitectur
La Llotja de Lleida / Mecanoo +  labb arquitectur, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Llerida, Spain
  • Architects

  • Local Architect

    labb arquitectura, Barcelona
  • Structural Engineer

    ABT bv, Delft; BOMA, Barcelona
  • Electrical And Mecanical Engineer

    Deerns, Rijswijk; Einesa, Lleida
  • Technical Architect

    Ardevols S.L, Barcelona
  • Client

    Centre de Negocis i de Convencions S.A., Lleida, Spain; competition Municipality of Lleida
  • Contractor

    Dragados, Barcelona
  • Acoustics

    Peutz b.v., Zoetermeer; Higini Arau, Barcelona
  • Building Cost Consultant

    Basalt Nieuwegein; Ardevols S.L. Barcelona
  • Fire Safety Consultant

    Einesa, Lleida
  • Budget

    € 35,000,000
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The mountain with the historical cathedral Seu Vella and the Segre river mark the high and low points of the mountainous landscape in which Lleida lies, after Barcelona the second city of Catalonia. On the banks of the Segre, somewhat outside the centre of the city, is coming La Llotja, a large conference centre with a theatre. Mecanoo has interpreted the landscape of Lleida as an exciting decor before which the building has been set down somewhat away from the river. The mise-en-scène is elaborated on three levels of scale. Regarded at the large scale of the region, the building represents a connecting link between the river and the mountain. Viewed at the level of the city, La Llotja and the river forms a balanced composition. At street level the cantilevers of the La Llotja de Lleida conference centre provide protection from sun and rain.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

The large stone edifice seems to have sprouted from the Spanish earth. The building’s horizontal form provides a large garden on the roof, while under the cantilevers begins a square for events, with the stairs of the adjacent building serving as a tribune. Parking is underground, the loading area for trucks is at ground floor, where you also find the floor of the theatre stage, the dressing rooms and the restaurant kitchen. The loading area for small trucks is at -1. In a light court in the centre of the building, a monumental staircase rises from street level to the multi-functional hall on the first floor. A ramp leads on to the foyer on the second level where there is a panoramic window looking out across the city and the river. In the foyer are the entrances to the theatre, which also serves as a large conference hall, meeting rooms and a small conference room. The latter is visually connected to the multifunctional hall by means of a raked tribune separated by a glass wall. The press office, VIP rooms and a meeting centre are situated on the city side of the building, accessed by an internal corridor. The entire functional logistics for the theatre and the conference centre are situated inconspicuously but extremely functionally. Restaurants with bars are located on the side of La Llotja facing the river and the square. The monolithic building is in fact composed of different pieces of buildings linked together by sound-absorbing foyers.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Materials ensure distinction and orientation in the interior. The exterior is of stone. Inside there are mainly white, plastered walls and either wooden or marble floors. The entrance hall and the multi-functional hall have a marble floor, while the foyer has a floor of mixed hardwood. The theatre has the atmosphere of an orchard with walls of dark wood in which trees of light have been cut out. The colour palette of fruit is a theme that recurs in small details throughout the building. After all, the region of Lleida is famous for its fruit production. The roof is colourful: pergolas support a range of creepers and climbers like roses, jasmin and ivy. The garden with its mirador is not only pleasant but also useful since the ground cover keeps the roof cool in the summer, provides a beautiful view for people living in the neighbourhood and serves an extra place for conference guests to sojourn.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "La Llotja de Lleida / Mecanoo + labb arquitectur" 18 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Daniel Walker · February 28, 2010

A spectacular new building from Dutch firm Mecanoo sprouts from Catalan soil in Lleida. This could be a must-see:

WSBY · February 21, 2010

nicely weird

Raymond G Girard · February 20, 2010

As far as convention centres go, this one in Lleida, Spain, is quite spectacular

meinv · February 20, 2010

the best from this office i’ve seen so far

Julio Ramirez Bruna · February 20, 2010

I do really love the section of this building.... stunning...... cheers mecanoo :D

JDR · February 19, 2010

a flying modernist pavillion or a heavy classic building, or something else but not really...
I really love it, and it gives a superb dynamic to its environment but is not dynamic itself.. that's architecture.

Great work!

archipod · February 19, 2010

It makes me want a sandwich.

Arno M · February 19, 2010

La Llotja de Lleida / Mecanoo I love when buildings look like sci-fi movie sets. #arch @archdaily

sajad · February 19, 2010

i liked the very expressive space very much

Ma?gorzata · February 19, 2010

Square flying plate!

mat · February 19, 2010

It looks like the AULA CENTER of TU DElft campus!!!!

Keunert · February 19, 2010

the best from this office i've seen so far

ballistamagazine · February 19, 2010

Slightly alien, but familiar at the same time...

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