G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE

Mexican architecture practice FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise designed the G20 Convention Center in Los Cabos, Mexico that hosted the seventh meeting of the G-20 Summit in 2012. The building is further used for exhibitions and conventions as it incorporates a partially covered parking lot with capacity for 561 cars and 22 spots for handicapped, and enough space for 16 trailers to maneuver, service mezzanine and a roof garden.

G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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The structure is distinguished by its massive scale; it has capacity for 6,436 people, and the integration of major sustainability innovations in green technology.The center features a 2,700 m² green wall, which will become the largest in the world, a controlled drip irrigation system, and a lobby designed to maintain humidity and reduce the use of air conditioner.

G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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The project also includes photovoltaic, which cover part of the building´s energy demand, LED lighting, while 18% of the building has natural light coming in from the domes.

G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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Moreover, FR-EE created a building that uncovers the rare beauty of simplicity and astounding elegance of bareness, as it gracefully sits in the middle of the dry Mexican landscape.

G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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The strong  linearity of the structure, defined by the clean lines and the minimal design as well as the transparency revealed by the extensive use of glass, result to a building that has a unique, overpowering presence in the landscape; the creation of  a timeless piece of architecture.

G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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The austere, minimal aesthetic of the structure and the complete absence of ornamentation complement the nakedness of the surrounding landscape.

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G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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The G20 Convention Center discloses a distinctive and sensitive architectural approach with an emphasis on the principles of plainness and starkness. The solid structure embraces the slender, almost invisible metal frame of the building, while the glass façade allows the exterior to penetrate the interior space, blending the boundaries between the natural and the built, the open and the enclosed.

G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

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G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

© FR-EE

G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

© FR-EE

G20 International Convention Center by FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise

© FR-EE

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 


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