Cordoba Congress Centre
Cordoba Congress Centre
Cordoba Congress Centre

Cordoba Congress Centre | OMA

In 2002 OMA won the competition to design a new congress center located on the Miraflores Peninsula, facing the historic city center of Cordoba, Spain. Wishing to improve on the possibilities of the original building site, OMA proposed a new and unexpected location on the peninsula.

The 360-meter length of the building is conceived as a promenade, a coherent sequence of programs and views. Bridging the east and west banks of the river along its length, the project spans the new site to become a route, the crucial link is the trajectory that moves visitors in and out of the historic center. A series of ramps channel the public seamlessly through the building, absorbing all circulation into a sequence of visitor’s center, auditorium, conference hall, retail and hotel. A roof terrace accommodates additional leisure activities: mini golf, outdoor cinema, and lookout.

During my time on the project team I was also able to work alongside Vincent de Rijk in his dockside workshop, devising the best way to approximate the effects of the unique crafted-glass facade at various scales. This included building a custom vacuum former from scratch, learning CNC routing and building 1:200, 1:20, 1:5 and 1:1 mock ups.