No city other than Antwerp can boast an international conference centre in the exclusive location of one of the oldest and best kept zoos of Europe. Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp (FMCCA), a state-of-the-art conference venue in the middle of Antwerp ZOO, will open November 2016. The historical and green setting amidst wild animals is the ultimate and most inspiring location for establishing long lasting contacts, holding intensive conversations and debates, and setting up meetings of any kind. This is what Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp stands for.
Antwerp holds many trump cards: diamonds, history, fashion, a historical centre, a flourishing port, and of course an astonishing zoo. Anwerp ZOO is, without doubt, the most beautiful and best kept 19th century zoo in Europe. From November 2016, Antwerp ZOO will host the most unique international conference venue in Flanders. Stretching out over 25,000 m², with 30 rooms and a capacity of 2,500 guests, the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp will be a global player on the conference and meeting scene.
The complex and unique concept was developed by Ian Simpson Architects from Manchester, who teamed up with Bureau Bouwtechniek and the Chicago based Kirkegaard Associates, who are world authorities in acoustics. Ian Simpson’s team have created an inspiring, flexible, powerful, and energy-efficient building, making extensive use of natural light sources. The bright and elegant building will be a symbol of the city, and a source of inspiration for everyone. The connection between the existing historical building and the hypermodern architecture will be a landmark of city innovation. This will boost the international profile of Antwerp to a higher level.
The 2,000-seat Queen Elisabeth Auditorium is the icing on the cake. Are you dreaming of programming a keynote speaker in the afternoon and a symphonic orchestra in the evening? Here at FMCCA, we make that happen. “We blend the city’s historical setting and this state-of-the-art venue in a unique combination which will inspire delegates,” says Anja Stas, Chief Commercial Officer of FMCCA. “An early morning run in the ZOO preceding the meetings or a gastronomic dinner in our historical aquarium at night are just two of the possibilities on offer. FMCCA will become a centre for the exchange of knowledge, inspiration, and high level contacts, closer to what matters.”