Madrid International Convention Centre (CICCM)

Client Name:- Madrid Espacios y Congresos

Location:- Paseo de Castellana, Madrid

Total Build-Up Area:- 10,00,000 sq.ft

Type of Project:- Architecture and Master-Planning

Status:- Design Competition (2007)

The brief was to design an international convention centre which would celebrate the spirit of Madrid and that of Spain. Our response to the brief was an unadulterated whoop of joy.

We studied the energy and kinetic forms of the Flamenco dancers and the sketches that emerged egged us on to produce a flamboyant and celebratory response. Three forms emerged from these studies. A funnel shaped tower representing the indomitable spirit of the city, an auditorium complex with a roof akin to the swirl of a skirt (that would hold world class concerts, operas, symposiums and dance festivals), and a three layered hemi-dome like a billowing can-can, which would house the exhibition spaces.

The site was at the terminal axis of the strategic Paseo de Castellana which contains some of the most important landmarks of the city, and therefore it became imperative that the termination to the axis also be evocative and expressive. The low height response by us was also in keeping with the creation of a large urban park in this part of the city, along with the need to harmonize and not come in visual or spatial conflict with 4 high-rises of 250m height which were coming up just adjacent to the site.

The result was ‘El-Baile de Madrid’ (roughly translated meaning ‘the Dance of Madrid’).

The jury was chaired by Jacques Herzog of Herzog-Meuron and Partners and the first prize was awarded to Mansilla + Tuñón + Peralta of Spain.