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September 30, 2021

An Expression of Culture: The India International Convention & Expo Centre

Sanda Arambepola
An Expression of Culture: The India International Convention & Expo Centre
The IICC will be South Asia’s largest and the world’s third-largest convention centre, set to be built in Delhi, India with sustainability at its core.

Located in Dwarka, New Delhi, the India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) is a smart city project that is driven by the government of India. With a total area of 300,000 square metres, this centre will be the biggest trade fair complex in India and South Asia.

The IICC will include five exhibition halls, a multi-purpose convention centre, fairgrounds, offices, hotels, retail areas, a multi-purpose arena, and over a million square metres of parking. Perhaps the most anticipated feature of the venue is the five-tonne loading capacity of each hall, and with a ceiling height reaching 16 metres, the centre will be able to host trade fairs showcasing heavy and tall equipment for construction, manufacturing, automobiles, and defence. Additionally, there will be an artistic one-kilometre-long lobby between the exhibition and convention facilities that will house amenities such as cafes, restrooms, and information desks to provide a comfortable stay for the visitors.

The project has been tendered in consortium with C P Kukreja Architects (CPKA), one of the most revered architectural firms in India. During the development of the project, CPKA has collaborated with the renowned Spanish engineering and architectural firm IDOM as well. One of the main goals of the enterprise is to ensure that their construction meets the highest standards of sustainability. The centre will feature rooftop solar panels, rainwater harvesting, reuse and recycling, efficient energy consumption, open spaces, and an eco-friendly transport system. Developers also aim to build the centre as an Indian Green Building Council’s platinum-certified complex for sustainability.

The centre is also designed to be an icon that reflects the image of the ‘new India’. The main conceptual design reference of the project is derived from Indian street art culture and a contemporary reinterpretation of the idea of a palace, a historical reference of integrating buildings of diverse purpose and structure. These inspirations are drawn in the hopes of making it a perfect combination of the urban and traditional architecture of India.

Each building will have a distinct character that will represent iconography and motifs unique to the country. The roofs of the five large exhibition halls are to be decorated with colourful panels and vibrant patterns that will define their character, while the venue’s facade will open in an arch-like structure, depicting the “namaste” gesture of Indian culture. The multipurpose arena has an iconic mandala design with a modern LED-lit exterior and a retractable roof. It comprises a 50,000-square-metre built-up area with a seating capacity of 20,000, making it one of the largest of its kind in Asia. The interior of the arena will be a highly adaptable space, allowing it to host a wide range of events like music concerts, indoor sports events, award ceremonies, and cultural events.

Located ten kilometres away from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and 25 kilometres away from the city centre of New Delhi, the IICC is said to be in the best geographical location to avoid inconvenient traffic. It is also located in proximity to a sports complex, diplomatic residences, a golf course, and the airport city hotel.

The construction of the complex will be carried out in two stages, with the first stage expected to open in late 2021. The second stage is anticipated to be completed in the year 2024, unfolding the complete experience of this amazing convention centre. On the completion of the first phase, the India International Convention & Expo Centre will be looking forward to welcoming the world to India with over 100 events annually, hoping to position itself as a truly global MICE destination.

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