La Llotja de Lleida

La Llotja theatre and congress centre, Lleida, Spain
Mecanoo architecten with LABB architectura

Delft, February 11, 2010

La Llotja to celebrate Its grand opening

Photographs : Christian Richters

On March 23rd 2010, La Llotja theatre and congress centre will celebrate its grand opening to an audience of citizens, press, the Mayor Ros of Lleida and other dignitaries. La Llotja de Lleida designed by Francine Houben of Mecanoo architecten & LABB arquitectura is one of the most prestigious project in Catalunya, transforming Lleida into a cultural destination and providing a venue for opera, plays and congresses. Situated between the Seu Vella mountain and the Segre river, the building design takes its inspiration from its Spanish surroundings with earthen stone cladding and a light bathed interior with vibrantly coloured accents representing the fruits of the region. Sustainable design principles are integrated throughout La Llotja, with a large cantilever for shade and shelter from the rain, photovoltaics, thermal storage and a large roofscaped garden which also provides a city terrace for Lleida's citizens. La Llotja hosted the opening of the cultural season in January, before its official opening, with the performance of Verdi's "Il Trovatore" to a crowd of over 1,000 theatre aficionados. Mayor Ros, in his speech to the public, thanked architect and founder of Mecanoo Francine Houben for the "beautiful palace", while celebrated Belgian stage director, Gilles Deflo proclaimed La Llotja's acoustics to be excellent, and the theatre a pleasure to work in.

In 2005, Mecanoo won first prize and the commission in an international design competition. La Llotja is 37,500 m² with two congress halls (1,000 and 400 seats), the largest functions as a theatre as well, a congress hall with 200 seats, a multifunctional space and a lounge with a view on the old city and on the Segre river, 9,500 m2 of parking and a public square of 15,325 m2, Mercolleida office and retail of 2,591 m2. Building costs amount to 35 million euro.

La Llotja theatre Lleida - Building Information

Client : Municipality of Lleida, Centre de Negocis i de Convencions S.A., Lleida, Spain
Architect : Mecanoo architecten, Delft
Associate architect : LABB architectura S.L, Barcelona
Contractor : Dragados, Barcelona
Structural engineer : ABT bv, Delft; BOMA, Barcelona
Acoustics consultants : Peutz b.v., Zoetermeer; Higini Arau, Barcelona

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Theatre/congress centre of 37,500 m² with two congress halls (900 and 400 seats), the largest functions as a theatre as well, a multifunctional space and a lounge, 1st prize competition.

Design 2004-05
Execution 2006-10

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  • Marta Orte
    Marta Orte commented
    Here, all of (BIArch people) us before having lunch and visiting the site;)
    about 5 years ago via iPhone