Palacio de Congresos

Designer
Prize3rd Place in Architecture Categories / Institutional
Entry Description

Palacio de Congresos is the new Concert and Congress Centre for Lanzarote of the Spanish Canary Islands. Positioned along the sea promenade of Arrecife, Lanzarote’s largest city, Palacio de Congresos is highly visible as the focal point of the central promenade. The building possesses no rear side; it maintains visibility from the city, the ocean, and from all adjacent roads. Lanzarote’s mild climate has enabled construction of a large outdoor foyer utilized for public events and conventions. The main entrance hall is elevated from ground level and smoothly transitions into the surrounding urban landscape and ocean promenade. Lanzarote’s central park is activated as an element of the entrance plaza, directly connecting to the grand red carpet entry. The structure’s aesthetic concept is inspired by the jagged landscape of the local Ajaches and Famara mountain ranges. A series of sustainable initiatives have been integrated in order to minimize energy consumption of Palacio de Congresos. The building utilizes the latest version of solar cells and is clad with intelligent shading shells ensuring a comfortable inner climate. Ventilation, cooling and dehumidification signify the largest energy loads due to local climatic conditions. The façade will receive protection from direct southern light by an external shell with reflective properties. Electrical photovoltaic and solar thermal collectors will be employed to create electricity and hot water from solar energy.

About Designer

Established in 1959, Henning Larsen Architects (HLA) is a world-renowned architecture studio with Scandinavian roots and global reach. In order to best serve our clients and projects world-wide, the main office in Copenhagen, Denmark is supported by offices in Damascus, Reykjavik, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. HLA designs with a high degree of social responsibility - not only in relation to materials and production but also regarding positive, social spaces encouraging intimacy and community. We consider energy reduction a parameter equal to traditional structural parameters. Sustainable objectives include social values in addition to infrastructural, demographic and climatic values. Our projects currently comprise buildings and master plans in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Spain, Georgia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, and the Netherlands. HLA cultivates site-specific concepts from an interactive dialogue between global collaborators, demanding clients and knowledgeable users. In the last 5 years, Henning Larsen Architects has been awarded 1st prize in over 25 international competitions on the basis of creative, compelling solutions to complex challenges.