La Llotja de Lleida Theatre and Congress Centre

CompanyMecanoo architecten
ClientFrancine Houben
Prize1st Place in Other Architectural designs
Entry Description

La Llotja de Lleida, Lerida, Spain (2010) Just outside the centre of the city of Lleida on the banks of the Segre River is La Llotja, a large theatre and conference centre. Mecanoo regarded Lleida’s landscape (Catalan for Lerida) an extraordinary backdrop for the horizontal building. The mise-en-scene has been elaborated on three levels of scale: as a link between river and mountain landscape, balanced composition between river and city, and with its cantilevers, as shelter from sun and rain. The large stone building of over 37,000 square metres appears to have sprung from out of the Spanish earth. The building’s horizontal form provides a large garden on the roof, while under the cantilevers begins a square for events, with the stairs of the adjacent building serving as a tribune. Materials ensure distinction and orientation in the interior. The exterior is of stone. The interior is mostly of white stucco. The region of Lleida is famous for fruit production. The theatre has the semblance of an orchard with walls of dark wood, within which, cut out trees of light. The colour palette of fruit is a theme throughout the building and is repeated in small details. Programme: Theatre and congress centre of 37,500 m² with a theatre hall (1,000 seats), also functioning as a congress hall, 2 congress halls with 400 and 200 seats, a multifunctional space, 2 foyers, 9,500 m2 of parking, lounge, terraces, a public square of 15,325 m2, Mercolleida office and retail of 2,591 m2, 1st prize competition Client: Centre de Negocis i de Convencions S.A., Lleida, Spain (project) Design: 2005-2006 Execution: 2006-2010 Building costs: €35 million