Won the 2008 American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter Award, the Irving Convention Center that located at Las Colinas, Texas was designed by RMJM Edinburgh-based international architects to be as efficient and flexible as possible, reducing the footprint and making it appealing to a wide range of organisations. In an effort to avoid the traditional convention center appearance and also utilize natural light as much as possible, the Irving Convention Center is top class convention centres throughout the world that designed as two boxes, stacked and rotated to create cantilevered corners that provide several shaded outdoor areas for visitors to use.
The Las Colinas Convention Center sets a new standard for conference venues and will make the city of Irving the preferred destination for business and leisure tourism. The Las Colinas Convention Centre is one of the most environmentally friendly convention centres in North America that designed with surrounded in glass for natural light and curtained with wrapped in copper cladding facade designed to generate a changing patina for a unique appearance and to reduce the consumption of energy as it ages over time – a striking and timeless icon for a Western boom-town in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.de a convention center.
The perforated copper wrapper facility is designed to serve exhibition, conventions, meetings and a variety of other events for local residents with a cafe and large outdoor shaded deck on the second floor. The building consists of several levels with an adjacent parking garage. The first floor contains the 50,000 square feet column-free exhibition hall that spans approximately two and half stories in height and includes the main lobby. The second level contains 20 breakout rooms totaling 20,000 square feet as well as the atrium cafe which extends to an outdoor, shaded terrace. The third level consists twelve rooms for meetings and classes, along with a junior ballroom that can be divided into eight individual rooms. The site provides views onto rooftop garden terraces in the area and to the Dallas skyline.
Unlike the typical horizontal orientation of most convention centres, the £82m, 275,000 square feet multifunctional facility at Las Colinas incorporates a stacked 50,000 square feet column free exhibit hall, a 20,000 square feet ballroom and 20 large meeting rooms in a vertical interplay of copper, glass and steel. The facility’s highly flexible open interior design affords it the functionality to simultaneously host several different types of events and meetings, while the vertical form maximises useable space in a minimum footprint to foster self-shading and boost energy efficiency.