Project details

  • LOCATION: Salamanca (Spain)
  • CLIENT: --
  • DESIGNER: --
  • HELPERS: --
  • ARCHITECTURE: Juan Navarro Baldeweg
  • PROPERTY: Salamanca City Council
  • TYPOLOGY: Concrete, steel and composite structures
  • PROJECT: --
  • SCOPE: Preliminary design, construction design, technical assistance to construction management
  • BUDGET: --
  • AWARDS: --

Technical Data

  • Area of main roof: 1,200 m2
  • Diametre of central oculus: 9 m
  • Capacity: 1,050 + 400 + 400 seats


The roof of the Salamanca Conference Centre is its most remarkable feature and does not belong to any specific structural type. It can be defined as a ribbed, baldachin-like dome composed of three main elements:

–  The inner dome, a 10 cm thick shell element with a stepped soffit, is set within a square of 30 by 30 m and has in its centre an oculus with a diameter of 9 m

–  A set of 16 radial diaphragms onto which the whole system bears and which ensures the entrance of daylight around the roof

–  An outer dome, a second spherical shell that jointly with the first one forms a complex double layer structure

This roof structure was constructed at floor level and jacked into its final position.

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