In July 2012, construction began on CityCube in Berlin, a new 100,000-sf multifunctional venue by Messe Berlin Conventions scheduled to open in early 2014. The $300 million project will temporarily replace the International Congress Centrum (ICC) while it undergoes a 2-year renovation until 2016. Once the two projects are complete, MesseBerlin will have double the convention space for trade shows, meetings and conventions.
CityCube is located at the former site of Deutschlandhalle, a historic downtown event facility originally built for the 1936 Olympic Games. On the ground level, the “Cube” will encompass two 6,000-sf halls and a large ballroom with eight breakout rooms seating between 400 and 2,300 pax. Upstairs includes an exhibition space for 330 pax, column-free space for 5,000 attendees and 29 meeting rooms.
“CityCube Berlin is already in demand around the world, and there are hardly any available slots left for 2014,” says Dr. Ralf Kleinhenz, Messe Berlin’s divisional director for congresses/guest events. “For 2015 and the following years, there are many inquiries that have been received from major event organisers in Germany and abroad.”
Capital Catering will provide F&B services for CityCube and all other Messe Berlin events. The catering organization has been working in Berlin for generations, providing 3-course gala dinners for groups up to 3,500 pax with package options for lunch, conference catering, banquets and food stands. Menu highlights include veal roast in a savory sour cream sauce with peas or Pollock on leaf spinach with baby potatoes, finished off with light and dark chocolate mousse for dessert.
Last year the Congress Division of Messe Berlin organized a total of 438 conferences and shows with an overall attendance of 161,350.
According to the ICCA, Berlin ranks fourth among the leading cities hosting conferences, with a vibrant cultural scene. Next spring the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens less than 20 minutes from CityCube.