Amsterdam RAI to open new conference facility in 2015

Amsterdam RAI is to begin the construction of a new multi-purpose conference/office building with restaurant by October this year.

The RAI made the announcement on the closing day of the real estate exhibition PROVADA.

The design by Benthem Crouwel Architects will be realised on the city-centre side of the RAI complex (on the Scheldeplein square). BAM Utiliteitsbouw and Kropman Installatietechniek will be responsible for the realisation of the multifunctional, sustainable and progressive building under the supervision of project office Res & Smit.

The venue says the new facility reflects the RAI’s continued investment in sustainable growth, and is designed to reinforce its position as an international leader in the conference sector. The management anticipates the new building being brought into service on 1 May 2015.

The RAI’s new building is a third-generation exhibition venue in which exhibitions, conferences and office functions will be united and the idea is to give the RAI a new, modern face as seen from the centre of Amsterdam.

In terms of function, it will be a full-service conference centre with a reception lounge, conference areas and breakout rooms, complemented by flexible office space on the upper floors. At the same time, the building will offer a full-service entrance to the exhibition halls behind (Halls 4 and 5). The addition of a premium restaurant will complete the concept.

The new building will be an extension of the Europa Hall, which was recently nominated as a national monument. The most eye-catching element, apart from the atrium, is the ‘green lung’ for urban farming. This will allow the building to supply its own vegetables and herbs for the restaurant on the ground floor.

Only the most sustainable technologies will be applied in the development of the compact building. Together with its partners, Amsterdam RAI aims to be the first conference centre in the Netherlands to achieve BREEAM-NL Excellent level – the sustainability seal of approval from the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC).

Over the past decade, Amsterdam RAI has invested more than €140m (US$183) in high-quality contemporary facilities for international multi-day events, all of which have significant economic value to the Amsterdam region. The new building at the Scheldeplein will be the first project resulting from the ‘future spatial vision’ for the RAI, which was prepared jointly by Amsterdam RAI and the City of Amsterdam (Zuidas Amsterdam Development Office).

Image: Impression by Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Paul Colston

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