Michael Lockwood and Richard Breslin, of global architecture firm Populous, have designed some of the most recognised convention and exhibition centres around the world, including ICC Sydney.
As ICC Sydney reaches its first anniversary, Richard and Michael look at international trends in convention…
Adjacent to Cockle Bay, at the north end of the Darling Harbour precinct, the crystalline glass facade of the HASSELL + Populous designed ICC Convention Centre reflects the light and sparkle of the water.
The venue can accommodate three concurrent conventions and boasts Australia’s largest ballroom with an expansive view of the Sydney skyline across the harbour. It also includes more than 70 meeting rooms, two theatres, a multipurpose event space, a media centre, VIP area and business suite.
The grand ballroom embraces the cool reflective theme of its waterfront location, with a chandelier-like ceiling of sculpted mirror polished blades that reflect the colour and activity below.
While most ballrooms are in the basement, the grand ballroom sits at the top of the building with a stunning 270 degree view of the Sydney skyline across the harbour.
The ICC has two theatres. Darling Harbour Theatre, a 2,500 seat plenary hall for conferences and shows, has been specifically designed to cater to the changing events within the building. The Pyrmont Theatre is a refurbishment of the existing 1,000 seat plenary hall.
The Gallery is a 2,500m2 flat floor multi function convention and exhibition space in the heart of the building. This location gives it and its associated prefunction area direct views of the harbour and city skyline. The building also contains two levels of large format meeting and convention rooms with state of the art integrated AV equipment and 180 degree views of the city.
All the spaces can be operated simultaneously with massive back of house infrastructure which makes this possible including a commercial kitchen that serves both Convention and Exhibition buildings.