The centre, which is on the site of a 19th-century zoo in Antwerp city centre holding more than 7,000 animals, hosted a conference for 270 gynaecologists last week (2 December).
Advertiseing itself as a ‘room with a zoo’, the new facility designed by Manchester-based Ian Simpson Architects features more than 25,000m2 of meeting and events space spread across 20 rooms and can accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The centrepiece is a 1,880-seat auditorium, the Elisabeth Concert Hall.
Anja Stas, chief commercial officer of the venue, said: "Combining history with the very latest technology in a city often described as small but with a larger than life attitude for culture and business, this brand new centre is set within one of the founding zoos in the world.
"With meeting and conference rooms in historical surroundings and facilities that will provide a truly unique attitude and creativity to meetings and events, we have a living and breathing historic monument now accessible to the world of meetings and events."
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