Mérida Conference Centre
Mérida, a city with an archaeological ensemble that was listed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in 1993, with a building strategically located on the banks of the river Guadiana, where unique events are staged. That is Mérida and that is the Conference Centre. The facilities are designed for staging encounters of every kind in a region that has conference centres in Badajoz, Cáceres, Mérida, Plasencia and Villanueva de la Serena.
A versatile building
Mérida Conference Centre, which opened in May 2004, consists of two buildings joined together by a central lobby and the exhibition hall. It has 4 auditoriums and a large number of ancillary spaces, giving it considerable versatility for events of every kind.
Architects Nieto and Sobejano, winners of half a hundred architecture awards, designed a unique building with a powerful symbolic charge and two differentiated areas joined together by a great terrace overlooking the river Guadiana. The building’s exterior is shaped by a structural reinforced concrete grid displaying an exterior face that contrasts with the metal and glass finish of the auditoriums. Esther Pizarro, the sculptor who created the façade and the winner of the Ojo Crítico Plastic Arts Award for her career, a synthesis of modernity and tradition, and the combination of material in her work, completed the exterior face of the building with a relief based on the topography of the old Roman city of Emerita Augusta.