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Major Conference Venue Projects from around the World: Built Environment

post updated 16 Feb 2020

Convention Centre Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Conference Center Architecture. We aim to include the best quality Conference Centers and conference facility buildings.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs and architecture competitions across the world.

Major Conference Centre Designs

Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

National Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tianjin, China
National Convention and Exhibition Centre Tianjin Building
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Tianjin National Convention and Exhibition Centre – 19 Mar 2013
With their design for this major new building, the architects won the 1st prize of an international design competition, beating FUKSAS, HHP, NBBJ/BIAD and others. In addition to Shanghai and Guangzhou, Tianjin is now the third city where an exhibition centre of international importance will be built. With a total square area of 1.2 million square metres and dedicated exhibition floor space of 400,000 square metres, one of the world’s largest exhibition centres will be created in the east of China over the next few years.

Calabar International Center, Nigeria
Design: Henning Larsen Architects
Calabar Convention Center
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Calabar Convention Center – 13 Jan 2011
Henning Larsen Architects has won the international architectural competition for the new Calabar International Conference Center in the southeastern part of Nigeria. The Center will stand out as a spectacular building in the scenic river delta of the Cross River State bordering Cameroun. This design competition was won over Mecanoo from the Netherlands and three other international architecture companies.

Dalian Conference Center, China
Design: Coop Himmelb(l)au
Dalian International Conference Center
Dalian International Conference Center
This new building is located in Dalian, an important seaport, industrial, trade and tourism center, located in the southernmost part of the Liaodong Peninsula in the Chinese Liaoning Province. The project combines on overall 100,000 sqm a number of different functions within one hybrid building: a Conference Center, an Opera House, an Exhibition Center as well as a basement with parking, delivery and disposal. The architect describes the concept of the Dalian International Conference Center as “an idea to create a “small city” composed of conference- and performance-rooms under a single shell-like roof.

Icelandic Conference Centre, Iceland
Design: Henning Larsen Architects
Icelandic Conference Centre Building
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Conference Centre Reykjavik
The south facade of Harpa is inspired by the geological basalt stone formations along the Icelandic coast. The remaining two-dimensional facades and roof build on the geometry of the south facade. The glass captures the light of the sun and colours of the sky and appears as a giant, illuminating sculpture, reflecting the sky and harbour. The building changes colours depending on the weather and time of day and year. Art and architecture are beautifully united in the 29,000 m2 concert hall comprising four music and conference halls.

Convention Center Buildings

Key Conference Center Projects, alphabetical:
Abu Dhabi Convention Centre, UAE
Design: RMJM Architects
Abu Dhabi Convention Centre
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Abu Dhabi tower

Aragon Convention Centre, Spain
Design: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Aragon convention centre
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Aragon Convention Centre Building

Dubai Convention Center, UAE
RMJM Architects
Dubai convention centre
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Dubai convention centre Building

Edinburgh Convention Centre, Scotland, UK
Design: Terry Farrell & Partners
Edinburgh International Convention Centre
photo © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh International Convention Centre

Kolkata Convention Centre, India
Kolkata Convention Center
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Kolkata Convention Center Building

La Llotja theatre & congress centre, Spain
Design: Mecanoo architecten
La Llotja congress centre
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La Llotja Theatre, Lleida

La Mola Conference Centre, Spain
Design: Fermín Vázquez – b720 Arquitectos
La Mola Conference Centre
photo : Joan Argelés
La Mola Conference Centre, Terrassa

Las Colinas Convention Center, USA
RMJM Architects
Las Colinas Convention Center
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Las Colinas Convention Center Building

Manchester Central, England

Manchester Conference Centre
photo © Adrian Welch
Manchester Conference Centre

Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Korea
Design: KPF
Songdo Convention Center
photo : JaeSungE
Songdo Convensia Building

Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada

LMN Architects + DA/MCM
Vancouver Convention Centre
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Vancouver Convention Center West

Zlin Congress Centre, Czech Republic
Eva Jiricna Architects
Zlin Congress Centre building
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Zlin Congress Centre Building

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Buena Vista Architectural Complex & Congress Centre, Oviedo, Spain
Design: Santiago Calatrava Architect

Central World Tower Hotel & Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand
BBG-BBGM withTandem Architects

Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Trevor Dannatt

Congress Centre, Valencia, Spain
UNStudio Architects

Cordoba Congress Centre, Spain
Rem Koolhaas

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, USA
I M Pei & Partners, Architects
Javits Convention Center

Malaga Exhibition & Congress Center, Spain

Angel Asenjo

Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan
Kisho Kurokawa

Peñíscola Conference Centre, Spain

Ángela Gracía Paredes and Ignacio Garcia Pedrosa

Town Hall Buildings

Stadium Buildings

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