La Llotja de Lleida

a Llotja Theater and Conference Center is designed as a monolithic volume that emerges from the Spanish earth. By elevating the first floor and deeply recessing the ground floor facade, this creates a 16-meter-wide cantilever that protects visitors against the sun and rain.

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The public square begins underneath the cantilever with the stairs of the neighboring building serving as a spectator tribune during events. The solid facade of natural stone is interrupted at the entrance where a sea of light penetrates the massive block, inviting visitors up to the first floor where the multi functional hall is located.

Courtesy of Mecanoo – Photography: Christian Richters

A ramp continues to the foyer on the second level with a panoramic window viewing across the old city and the river. The entrances to the theater, which also doubles as a large conference hall, meeting rooms and the 400-seat conference room are located in the foyer.

Courtesy of Mecanoo – Photography: Lafotogràfica

The latter is visually connected to the multi functional hall by means of a raked tribune separated by a glass wall.The route continues to the generous roof terrace with an informal bar located under a lush green pergola. Three sculptural skylights admit daylight into the multi functional space on the first floor.

Courtesy of Mecanoo – Photography: Lafotogràfica

The logistics of the theater are meticulously organised. Car parking is located underground as well as a loading dock.The ground floor offers space for restaurants with terraces on the riverbank. A theme of fruit frees references the renowned landscape of orchards from the region, and becomes the connecting element throughout the interior in combination with a rich color palette.

Courtesy of Mecanoo – Photography: Lafotogràfica

Project Info
Architects: Mecanoo
Location: Llerida, Spain
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
Year: 2005
Type: Cultural Center
Photographs: Christian Richters, Lafotogràfica

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