Mumbai Convention Center Design Competition

Mumbai, India

Project Size:

1,500,000 square feet

Project Status:

Completed 2006

Vision
LMN was a finalist for the Mumbai Convention Centre Competition to design a privately-funded facility withing the Bandra-Kurla Complex development. As a key anchor for an emerging commercial district, plans for the Complex included significant retail, entertainment and office program, requiring a central facility with exhibition, convention and meeting spaces. The integration of urban complexity, public space, and sustainable design considerations make this project emblematic of LMN's approach to convention center design, with discoveries that have continued into other projects around the world.

Site and Program
The convention center site is located close to Mumbai International Airport, at the heart of an emerging global metropolis of 20 million people. The facility includes:

  • 250,000 sf of exhibition halls

  • 30,000 sf ballroom

  • 2,000-seat auditorium

  • 125,000 sf of meeting space

The convention center program totals 700,000 sf, attached to an additional 540,000 sf headquarters office space for a major city utility.

Design
A critical component of the design of the convention center is the integration of the facility with the surrounding district. To avoid the impact of a “superblock”, the main exhibition hall is located below ground, allowing a public street to cut diagonally across the site forming a covered arcade. Retail outlets line both sides of the arcade, and continue onto street-facing building fronts as well as internal food service areas. Between storefronts, glazed overlooks offer a public view of the exhibition hall activity below-grade, allowing the energy and commerce of convention visitors to merge with street activity.

Upper levels house meeting rooms organized around a central circulation spine, with glass bridges connecting across the multi-level atrium space of the internal arcade. At the northern end of the site, a large multi-purpose ballroom looks out onto a key urban intersection in the Bandra-Kurla district.

Sustainability was a fundamental objective for the project. An innovative roof covering system combines multiple strategies in a single design, including sunlight filtering to reduce heat gain, stormwater recycling, solar energy production, and wind energy capture.