Convention Hall, Salamanca
Juan Navarro Baldeweg 

Convention Hall, Salamanca

Juan Navarro Baldeweg 


Volumetrically emphatic and silent, this convention center forms part of the base which maintains the monumental profile of the city. A solid body and an airy one give shape to the project. The first of them, a box inside another box, opens with great segmental arches. The second is composed in one part of a volume defined by a boundary of columns supporting a roof, and in another of an enclosed outdoor space with two face-to-face wedges of stands. Topping off the auditorium is the most emblematic element of the set: a portion of sphere perforated with an oculus and separated from the walls by luminous fissures, among which it seems to float weightlessly. Yet the conciliatory mood is not abandonned; the great airy and light shell is hidden inside the solid prism so as not to compete with neither the domes of the churches nor their towers...[+]