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Bella Center

Bella Center
Bella Center indgang vest.JPG
Exterior of the venue seen from the northwest (c.2007)
AddressCenter Blvd 5
DK-2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
LocationØrestad
OwnerBC Hospitality Group
Opened1965
Expanded
  • 1973–75
  • 2000
  • 2009-2011
  • 2014
  • 2021
Banquet/ballroom4,326 (Kongressal)
Theatre seating
930 (Auditorium 10-12)
582 (Auditorium 15)
Enclosed space
 • Total space121,800 m2 (1,311,000 sq ft)
 • Exhibit hall floor33,460 m2 (360,200 sq ft)
 • Breakout/meeting8,547 m2 (92,000 sq ft)
 • Ballroom6,125 m2 (65,930 sq ft)
Public transit accessM1 icon.svg Bella Center Station
Website
Official website

Bella Center (abbreviated BC) is Scandinavia's second largest exhibition and conference center (after Messecenter Herning), and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Located in Ørestad between the city centre and Copenhagen Airport, it offers an indoor area of 121,800 square metres (1,311,000 sq ft) and has a capacity of 20,000 people.

Among the larger annual events is the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, the main event of Copenhagen Fashion Week held twice a year - in February and August, and CODE, the main event of Copenhagen Design Week.

History

Bella Center takes its name from Bellahøj in northern Copenhagen where the convention centre was first situated. Its first building was constructed in 1965 to the design of the architect Erik Møller. During 1973–75, Bella Center was moved to its current location on Amager between the city centre and Copenhagen airport, while the original building was converted into a sports center under the name Grøndals Centret.[1] At this stage, Bella Center's new premises were located in an undeveloped area outside the city on the former Amager Commons. With the development of Ørestad, as decided in 1992 with construction starting from around the turn of the millennium, Bella Center's surroundings are in the process of changing into a dense urban area. When the M1 line of the Copenhagen Metro opened in 2004, it was with a station named for the Bella Center located next to it.

Major events

Facilities

Bella Center's facilities include:

  • Congress Hall that can be divided into three individual sections (up to 4,200 persons)
  • 4 auditoriums with capacities from 310-930 persons
  • 63 flexible meeting rooms (from 2-400 persons)
  • Center Hall for banquets, parties, welcoming area, etc.
  • Various halls that can be used as congress and exhibition halls
  • Shopping centre with a grocer's shop and florist

Bella Sky Hotel

The 814-room Bella Sky Hotel at Bella Center is now opened. Designed by Danish 3XN Architects, the hotel consists of two inclined towers, standing 76.5 m tall with an inclination in opposite directions of 15°.

The four-star Bella Hotel provides 814 rooms (100 suites), 32 conference rooms, 3 restaurants, a sky bar and a wellness centre. The foundation stone to Bella Hotel was laid 17 September 2008, and the first phase was completed in spring 2011.[2]

Events

Bella Center hosts a large variety of trade fairs, exhibitions, conventions and political summits. Every year, it generally hosts 25-30 large exhibitions as well as around 1,300 meetings of varying sizes.[3]

Transport

Bella Center Station, Copenhagen

Bella Center station on the M1 line of the Copenhagen Metro is located next to Bella Center.

The regional Oresundtrains from Copenhagen and Malmö stop at Ørestad station nearby the Bella Center. From here it is possible to change to the Metro M1 line to go one stop to reach the Bella Center metro station. The Oresundtrains also stop at Copenhagen Airport, 5 min. from Ørestad station.

Cultural references

  • Bella Center is used as a location at 0:22:17 in the 1977 Olsen-banden film The Olsen Gang Outta Sight.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Bella Center". Den Store Danske. Archived from the original on 3 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  2. ^ "Leaning towers of Copenhagen". World Architecture News. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  3. ^ "Bella Center". AOK. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  4. ^ "Film 9 Olsen Banden deruda / Die Olsenbande schlägt wieder zu". olsenbande-homepage.de (in German). Retrieved 5 October 2017.