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Centro de Convenciones de Costa Rica

Heredia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s first convention center is a much-needed amenity in a country that pioneered eco-tourism. This 15,000-square-meter facility doesn’t just preach sustainability; it practices it. Parking areas are interlaced with endemic tropical planting and extensive rain water management bio-swales. The entrance rotunda includes a perforated aluminum scrim adorned with silhouettes of some of Costa Rica’s best-loved fauna and flora. The pre-function space is faced with a louvered terracotta glass wall, 9 meters in height, which creates a visual connection to the lush garden where five meeting pods resemble pebbles in a river of greenery. The primary, 5,000-square-meter convention hall is lit with daylight-harvesting solar tubes that illuminate translucent white fabric sails. Five additional adjustable ballrooms, offices, and an extensive full-service kitchen complete the space.