The Trinidad Convention Center high concept idea was to create an iconic signature building for the waterfront of Port-Of-Spain that would fill the country’s needs for convention space while at the same time become a distinctive, signature architectural form for Trinidad’s capital city.
LHDI was brought in to conceive the project, and the solution evolved as a building designed from the ‘outside-in’, meaning that the exterior appearance of the building generated the interior layouts and design solution. Building forms and volumes would be inspired by the world famous Steel Pans which are so integral to Trinidad and Tobago’s national identity and its rich musical culture.
The design solution incorporates a series of translucent cylindrical volumes and pans on the exterior, and the interior is conceived to be flexible with a system of sliding panels and floors which raise and lower to accommodate the various functional requirements. The building was designed for rapid construction and minimal operational costs, LEED certified and a zero carbon footprint.