TOWNLAND was commissioned as Master Planner and Conceptual Architect to formulate detailed proposals for a Competition organized by the Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka for the Development of an International Convention Centre, at Devanhalli, Bangalore.
The 14 ha Site is located 33 km north of Bangalore on a major national highway within the Bangalore International Airport Area Planning Authority (BIAAPA) Core Area. The Development Objective is to establish an International Convention Centre with state-of-the-art facilities of striking contemporary design.
The facilities include the following: a Convention Centre with a Main Convention Hall with 6,000 Seats, Breakout / Meeting Rooms, Conference Rooms, Banquet Halls and support facilities such as a Business Centre, Registration Area, VIP Lounge Area and Administrative Offices. The Exhibition Halls are separate from the Convention Centre and comprise 20,000 sq m of covered space which are partitionable into 4 smaller spaces. The partitionable units are provided with the requisite services/facilities so as to function as independent halls. A 5 Star Hotel of 300 rooms and a 4 Star Hotel of 450 rooms are provided to accommodate users and visitors to the Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The Design Concept is based around an external public square in the centre of the Site. A large louvred canopy aesthetically unites all the buildings while the supporting columns help to define the edge of the public square. The canopy also provides shading to the spaces between the buildings and hides the services located on building roofs which would otherwise be visible from aircraft arriving at and departing from the adjacent Airport.