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Water as the dominant theme
2/4/2010

Water was the dominant theme of Aragón EXPO 2008. The new Convention Center in Zaragoza takes up this theme by creating the impression of a water surface in motion. It was designed for the world exhibition by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos S.L.P. based in Madrid. It unfolds on the northern banks of Ebro with an irregular succession of shed roofs of various heights - similar to waves rolling towards the banks. The design pervades the entire building.

The glass surfaces of the façade and the partition walls seem to swim in the light. The Convention Center is illuminated mainly by natural light entering through the longitudinal glass façade and the gigantic vertical surfaces of the offset shed roof landscape. To assure glare-free light in the interior, as well as protection from overheating through the strong Spanish sun, OKALUX capillary glass was used in the surfaces of the façade facing the south. Translucent capillary slabs in the space between the panes of the insulating glass diffuse the incident light evenly to the interior allowing for glare-free daylight to penetrate the depths of the room. At the same time, OKALUX offers a high degree of light transmission with good thermic sun protection. The mild, filtered light in the Convention Center creates an atmosphere of peace and coolness. This effect together with the other surfaces of the room, gives the visitor the impression of walking through another world - as if protected and separated from the outside world by a curtain of water.

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Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos S.L.P., Madrid, Spain

Photo © Quilian Riano | Convention Center, Zaragoza, Spain
Photo © Quilian Riano | Convention Center, Zaragoza, Spain
Photo © Roland Halbe
Photo © Roland Halbe
Photo © Roland Halbe
Photo © Roland Halbe