$138m civic facility for Bogota

Sian
Friday 16 Sep 2011

Colombian and Spanish consortium take lead in competition to design International Conventions Center of Bogota


The Government of Colombia, the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota and Corferias have publicly announced the consortium formed by renowned architects Daniel Bermudez (Colombia) and Juan Herreros (Spain) as the winner of the international architectural design competition for a $138m International Conventions Center of Bogota.

The selection took into account aspects of planning, including the relationship and integration with the environment, architectural design aspects, like image of solidity, permanence, timeliness and visibility given by the volume and sobriety, the operational and functional aspects and its merits as a building designed with environmental awareness.

This monumental work of 30,000 sq m will hold the most important world-class conventions, concerts and cultural, social, civic, community, educational and commercial events. According to the Government, the Chamber of Commerce and Corferias it is estimated that the project will impact Bogota’s GDP in 8.4% and will generate 4,000 new jobs in 10 years. Construction is due to complete in 2014.

The CICB - International Conventions Center of Bogota - will comprise: a construction area of 30,000 sq m plus basement; an auditorium with capacity for 4,000 people; multifunctional rooms for 15 to 1,000 people; parking space for up to 2,200 cars; and a multipurpose exhibition center of 4,000 sq m.

According to Alexandra Torres, Executive Director of the Bogota Convention Bureau: “Although Bogota has all to be one of the most competitive regions in terms of business tourism, the lack of a suitable space for large meetings has prevented us from moving forward. With the building of this new city icon we can continue climbing ranks as a favorite destination in the world market for trade fairs, congresses and conventions of international stature.”

Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team
Jobs
  • Town Planning Manager | Housebuilder in Surrey | 3+ years' PQE

    Are you a Town Planner with some commercial experience under your belt (consultancy or developer)? Would you like to work for a regional housebuild...
    • Lewis Davey
    • Surrey - near M25/M23 junction
  • Principal Planning Officer (Local Planning)

    The Planning Policy Team is looking to recruit a member of staff to assist with the Local Plan Review.
    • Chichester District Council
    • Chichester, West Sussex
  • Principal Planning Consultant (Policy)

    This is a career opportunity for somebody looking to play a key role in the delivery of an effective and efficient planning policy service.
    • Capita
    • Manchester/Salford (North West) or Breckland or North Tyneside or Barnet (North London)
  • Enforcement Officer - Hertfordshire

    A Local Authority in Hertfordshire are looking for an Enforcement Officer to assist them with a backlog of cases for an initial contract of 3-6 months
    • Oyster Partnership
    • Hertfordshire
  • Planning Officer

    Do you want to work for a Planning Authority in a superb world-class location, that also has an outstanding record of achievement?
    • Plymouth City Council
    • Plymouth, Devon