The new next generation convention centre X Meeting Point is trendsetting by shifting from agricultural fairs and outdoor sport events to corporate pressure cookers. Surrounded by 50,000 square meter of Norwegian nature, the 20.000 m2 convention centre in Oslo needed a big transformation. It now hosts a hotel of 250 rooms, Auditorium for 500 people, two main event halls of 10.000 and 5.000 m2, 5.000 m2 of innovative meeting rooms, Gard restaurant, Gym, arcade hall and a huge outdoor terrain for creating unique events while merging indoors and outdoors.
X Meeting Point
The new next generation convention centre X Meeting Point is trendsetting by shifting from agricultural fairs and outdoor sport events to corporate pressure cookers. Surrounded by 50.000 square meter of Norwegian nature, the 20.000 m2 convention centre in Oslo needed a big transformation.
X Meeting Point
Apto Architects had already proven their qualities at this location by building Moxy Oslo X as part of the Moxy hotel chain, commissioned by Marriott and Vastint/IKEA. APTO did not only redesign existing fair halls and design the new interior and the facade of the new extension, but also redesigned the conference internally itself; from showcasing products to a meeting point for innovators. From booking a ticket to collecting contacts, most of the experience a convention has to offer, is experienced on a smartphone. The buildings and in this case also landscape, are shifting to a facilitator that can continuously change according to demands.
“ With this project, traditional architecture of fair grounds and conventional halls shift to a different discipline. ”
A cruiseship of innovations
X Meeting Point can offer unique full service scenarios. Imagine driving a Tesla on the test track, bare footed break out sessions in Norwegian moss, or multi-star dinners in arctic atmosphere. A programme focussed on activity, where both indoors and outdoors (connected through the grand stairs that double as a stand) offer a wide spectrum of spaces and settings. Surrounding the catwalk on the second floor, visitors will find flexible zones decorated in Nordic nature themes. Guests can work around a fireplace in a retreat, meet in a birch tree forest, or have a drink in a fjord. This internal diversity shows on the outside. The structure of the facade is the answer to the given business case.