Congress centre bridging the east and west banks of Cordoba
In 2002 OMA won the competition to design a new congress center located on the Miraflores Peninsula, facing the historic city center of Cordoba, Spain. Wishing to improve on the possibilities of the original building site, OMA proposed a new and unexpected location on the peninsula.
Taking full advantage of the potential site, the project transforms the East-West strip across the Miraflores peninsula into a linear volume that acts as promenade, mall, and mixing chamber - a takeoff point for the Cordoba Experience.

First, the site is thickened into a long block that marks the threshold of the Miraflores neighborhood and defines a southern edge for the planned fluvial park. A horizontal slice through the slab allows the necessary activities - congress center, auditorium, retail, hotel - to be contained along a continuous trajectory running the full length of the building. The transparency of this middle zone establishes the building as a linear viewing platform, looking out over the park, the river and the historic center beyond.

Functioning as a programmatic sandwich, the upper lower layers fold or converge to respond to different interior/exterior pressures along its length: separating to accommodate the conference hall and auditorium; converging to define the hotel lobby; lifting to allow Miraflores Park and the street to continue through to the specified site. To the south, the main volumes of conference center and auditorium project from the slab; a ramp between the two marks the formal entrance to the complex.

The 360-meter length of the building is conceived as a promenade, a coherent sequence of programs and views. Bridging the east and west banks of the river along its length, the project spans the new site to become a route, the crucial link is the trajectory that moves visitors in and out of the historic center. A series of ramps channel the public seamlessly through the building, absorbing all circulation into a sequence of visitor's center, auditorium, conference hall, retail and hotel. A roof terrace accommodates additional leisure activities: mini golf, outdoor cinema, and lookout.

Taking its place within the urban fabric of the city, the siting of the CCC organizes the now disparate elements of Miraflores, river and historic center into a coherent urban grouping that extends the benefits of Cordoba's tourist industry to the rest of the city.

Cordoba Congress Centre / Centro de Congresos de Córdoba

Construction Documentation / Preparation for public tender

Gerencia Municipal de Urbanismo de Cordoba

Córdoba, Spain

€67 million euros (total construction cost, includes site costs, taxes etc.)

Península de Miraflores, Córdoba, Spain

Built Area:
28,000m² including 6,000m² exterior & 4,000m² car park

Public promenade, Congress Centre, Residence of the Orchestra of Cordoba, car park, includes 2,000 seat congress & concert auditorium, 650-seat auditorium, 550-seat outdoor auditorium, conference facilities, 3 multifunction exhibition spaces, rehearsal and recording rooms.

Jose Luis Luque

Structure, installations, architecture:

Fire engineering:

Arup Madrid

Scenography and lighting:
dUCKS Scéno


Inside Outside

Partners in charge:
Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon

Project managers:
Adrianne Fisher, Mariano Sagasta

Team, construction documents, design development, schematic design:
Carmen Jimenez, Jonah Gamblin, Anita Ernodi, Iria de la Peña Mendez, Pascual Bernad de Castro, Matt Brown, Arthur de Chatelperron, Katrien van Dijk, Sebastian de la Grange, Miguel Huelga de la Fuente, Samuel Stewart-Halevy, Yuri Suzuki, Jerome Tsui, Rodrigo Vilas Boas, Leonie Wenz, Marcos Zotes-Lopez

Team, 2005:
Adrianne Fisher, Gabriela Bojalil, Roberto Otero with: Andrea Bertassi, Clement Blanchet, Antonio Branco, Joao Bravo da Costa, Gonzalo Cantos, Kees van Casteren, Markus Dettling, Tiago Simas Freire, Adrianne Fisher, Carlos Garcia Gonzalez, Thomas von Girsewald, Andrew Griffin, Gustavo Guimaraes, Inge Goudsmit, Chris Hildrey, Pieter Janssens, Michel van der Kar, Trine Kobbelvedt, Simon Kretz, Anna Little, Pascal Lestringant, Ralph van Mameren, Tanner Merkeley, David Eugin Moon, Cristina Murphy, Daan Ooievaar, Holger Pausch, Mauro Parravicini, Manuel Pelicano, Tiago Farinha Rodrigues, Joao Ruivo, Mariano Sagasta, Maurizio Scarciglia, Florian Schrott, Christin Svensson

Competition Team:
Erik Schotte, Roberto Otero, Fernando Donis, with: Catarina Canas, Thorsten Kiefer, Sibylle Waelty

Pasajes de Arquitectura y Crítica #30, 10/2001
El Païs, 23/06/2001

Techniques & Architecture #463, 01/2003
ABC 4/10/2005
The New York Times, 25/12/2005
AV Proyectos #013, 01/2006
A+U #427, 04/2006