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description conference centre and extended cultural facilities
category Public
location Qabala, Azerbaijan
built area 14.000 m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Flavian Lekkas, Thanassis Manis, Daphne Minza, Francisco Serodio, Mladen Stamenic

client private
design year 2012
completion year

The appropriate sitting of the Caucasus Conference Centre within the vast plot was key in the development of the concept. It was deliberately chosen not to build a spread out accumulation of elements but to create a solitary, rectangular building enclosure perpendicular to the topographic fall and parallel to the river formations.

The CCC will not solely cater for conferences but also for a multitude of public programmes including concerts, theatre productions, screenings, private social events.

The proposed building attempts to reinvigorate the archetypal conference hall by redefining the relationship between the hallowed interior and the general public outside and around it. There is deliberately no large central foyer; instead, a continuous public route that connects the spaces around two auditoria by means of platforms and stairs. The building becomes thus an architectural adventure!

‘Inclusion’ through light and transparency describes the architectural idea of bringing at the CCC the outside in and taking the inside out. The CCC reveals its contents without being didactic; at the same time, it casts to its surroundings a new light!

On the outside, the crystalline structure captures and reflects the light - promoting the dialogue between building, immediate context and surrounding landscape. A primary concept has been to ‘dematerialise’ the building as a static entity and let it respond to the surrounding colours of the mountains, the water and the glow of the sky. The materials proposed change depending on the incidence of the light, the viewing angle, the time of the day or the season. On the roof, the translucent panels of the underside seen from the inside or the outside strengthen the impression of lightness.

In the inside, the transparency of the overall enclosure is in contrast to the two auditoria characterised by translucency. Both these primary spaces -the 1.200-seat grand auditorium and the 250-seat conference hall- have translucent glass façades and large openings that open the halls to the views and the landscape.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 Residential Patras Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 Hospitality Motovun Croatia
K314 OFFICE BUILDING 2021 Offices Athens Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS B 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
HOUSE E 2016 Residential Artemida Greece
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 Hospitality Skiathos Greece
HOUSES A·2 2015 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS A 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
ONE ATHENS APARTMENT 2021 Residential Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 Residential, Hospitality Annenheim Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 Public, Hospitality Graz Austria
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2016 Residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE H 2012 Residential Corfu Greece
BELGIAN EMBASSY ATHENS 2008 Public Athens Greece
VILLA S 2006 Residential Vienna Austria
OKZT OFFICES & APARTMENTS 2019 Offices Klagenfurt Austria
HOUSE A+B 2008 Residential Paros Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 Public Mayrhofen Austria
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 Public Graz Austria
PENINSULA 2019 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
VILLA W1 2008 Residential Corfu Greece
APARTMENT BUILDING STD3 2022 Residential Athens Greece
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 Public Nicosia Cyprus
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2018 Residential Ljublijana Slovenia
SCHLOSSMUSEUM LINZ 2006 Public Linz Austria
THREE SPACES 2013 Exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 Hospitality Krasnodar Russia
AS IF 2014 Research, Exhibition Venice Italy
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 Commercial, Offices Nicosia Cyprus
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 Exhibition Venice Italy
LARNACA AGORA 2011 Public Larnaca Cyprus
HOUSE B 2014 Residential Chania Greece
RATHAUSPARK PAVILION 2009 Public Vienna Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 Public, Masterplan Athens Greece
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 Public Athens Greece
HOUSE L 2016 Residential, Research Antiparos Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 Public Athens Greece
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 Public Nicosia Cyprus
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 Masterplan Baku Azerbaijan
HOUSE T 2016 Residential Antiparos Greece
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 Public Ferlach Austria
OFFICE A 2009 Offices Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 Public Qabala Azerbaijan
SUPERSTORE V 2008 Commercial Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 Commercial, Residential Kifisia Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 Public Mingacevir Azerbaijan
CLDC HOUSING 2020 Residential Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 Public, Educational Vienna Austria
APARTMENT BUILDING DP30 2021 Residential Athens Greece