The Barcelona’s International Convention Centre, more commonly known by its abbreviated form, CCIB, is premier destination for all kinds of live performances and exhibitions.
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Barcelona International Convention Centre is a 67,000-square meter building designed by Josep Lluís Mateo. It have the capacity to hold congresses of up to 15,000 people. The Convention Center fill the city’s former shortcomings in the sphere of congresses, as its capacity will make it the largest in Southern Europe.
The CCIB’s facilities include more than 3,000 square metres of kitchens where more than 30,000 dishes can be prepared every day. During 2007 investments have been made to improve the cellar, storage and kitchen facilities, extending storage and work areas by some 1,000 m3. Extension plans for the kitchens in 2008 will position the centre at the cutting edge of European conference and congress centres in terms of its gastronomy.
This multi-purpose cultural building includes a very large auditorium, a multi-functional performing space, exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, and a restaurant and foyer, in addition to technical services, loading docks, storage spaces, and car parking on two levels.
It was part of the controversial 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona and has 45 translucent halls, spread over 3 floors, 2 mezzanines and a basement.
The CCIB and Forum Building Auditorium of Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron, are two separate areas linked by a 20-meter-wide underground walkway. Mateo ‘explains’: “I have gone back to loving the precision of iron: normal, but monstrous, banal but not domestic, superhuman.
The mega structure is seen proudly in the East façade, opposite the elegant neighbouring triangle. The bones are covered in the rest of the building.”