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‘Timeless’ convention centre opens in US

8 September 2011 No Comment

One of the most environmentally friendly and striking convention centres in the USA has opened its doors to the public.


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Designed by the Edinburgh-based international architects RMJM Hillier, the Irving Convention Centre in Texas is finished in a glorious metal cladding, which will intentionally patina over time.

Vertical interplay of copper, glass and steel

The tarnish that naturally forms on the centre will represent the passing of ages and will last many lifetimes.


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A WorldArchitectureNews.com report describes the outer structure of the £82 million Las Colinas facility as “a vertical interplay of copper, glass and steel.” Its largest spaces include a 50,000-square-feet, column-free exhibit hall and 20,000-square-feet ballroom.”

“Another 20 large meeting rooms contribute towards a total occupiable space of almost 100,000-square-feet,” says IrvingConventionCentre.com.

The site also acts as a destination for local residents and provides a cafe – as well as an outdoor shaded deck on the second floor. Other rooftop garden terraces offer breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline.

Energy-efficient convention centre

The building has green credentials too. Peter Schubert, RMJM Hillier’s US director of design believes that the Irving Convention Centre is one of the most “advanced and energy-efficient [convention centres] in North America.”

He explained: “The building was designed to be as efficient and flexible as possible, reducing the footprint and making it appealing to a wide range of organisations. The perforated copper wrapper has made it an iconic symbol of Irving’s explosive new growth.”

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