Congress Centre Alpbach
The Congress Centrum Alpbach’s new extension is helping to pave the way for a new era of sustainable meetings
January 9, 2017
The Centre’s impressive architecture blends in harmoniously with Alpbach’s traditional building style and the surrounding Tyrolean Alpine backdrop
IMAGE: Matthias Sedlak
Following a 15-month building phase, the new 11 million Euro extension was ceremoniously opened during the course of the European Forum Alpbach (EFA) on the 21st September 2016 (on Tyrol Day).
The new Congress Centre Alpbach (CCA) was formally opened by Franz Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach, in the presence of EU-Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Governors Günther Platter (Province of Tyrol), Arno Kompatscher (Province of South Tyrol) and Ugo Rossi (Province of Trentino).
As with the existing building, the extension is mostly situated underground but still maintains the ability to be comfortably illuminated by daylight. Movable partition walls enable the multi-functional use of the floor space and the exhibition areas, whilst combinable seminar halls of various sizes create the ideal conditions for multifaceted events. So the new extended CCA easily hosts events ranging from a gala reception to a plenary meeting for up to 750 people. The new centre can cater for a variety of event designs and the spatial flexibility, in particular, enables a combination of various simultaneous events: be them congresses, conferences, and meetings, subject related trade fairs exhibitions as well as corporate events, roadshows, special events or incentives.
Innovative, spacious and green only begins to describe the serene beauty of the Europa Foyer
IMAGE: Matthias Sedlak
The CCA remains true to its founding principles regarding sustainability, and the new building continues to be at the cutting edge of the green conferencing sector.
In Alpbach, sustainable conference tourism was never a vague promise, and this sincere commitment to grassroots sustainability is clearly evident in all aspects of the new building’s architecture. Stringent ecological criteria were taken into account at all levels of the new building’s construction. Everything from the highest energy efficiency measures that can be found in any building today, combined with modern building technology, energy for the heating and cooling of the Centre is generated by a geothermal heat pump system and biomass boilers, there’s a façade with integrated solar PV panels, whilst 100% of the Centre’s electricity is sourced from regional small-scale renewable power plants. Now how’s that for sustainable?
The all-new plenary hall provides Green Meetings for up to 750 people
IMAGE: Maria Noisternig
Where events come to life
The new CCA extension also provided an opportunity for an upgrade in the Congress Centre’s in-house technology; with the latest light, video and interpreting facilities making their way into the halls, whilst the state-of-the-art 3D-system is one of the most modern systems in all of Europe and simulates acoustics from world-renowned concert halls. So whether it is a concert hall or cathedral acoustic settings you’re after: the CCA has it covered.
The new two-storey underground garage offers ample space for 113 vehicles, whilst the use of public transport (Regiobus) is entirely free and overnight participants are actively encouraged to use this means of transport for their arrivals and departures.
Situated right in the middle of "Austria's Most Beautiful Village" the Congress Centre Alpbach takes Green Meetings to a whole new level
IMAGE: Matthias Sedlak
Green Meetings in Alpbach – where better to experience a true taste of nature?
For several years Alpbach and its Congress Centre have been considered a leading Green Meeting destination for the German-speaking market. The mountain village of Alpbach has received many prestigious awards such as “Austria’s Most Beautiful Village” and “Europe’s Most Beautiful Flower Village”, and judging by the breathtaking scenery, it is easy to see why.
The building itself is embedded in a slope and the roof-top terrace, complete with wonderful views over the scenic valley offers an ideal haven for clearing the mind or for relaxed conversations amongst delegates/colleagues. Conferencing in Alpbach means conferencing in a sustainable environment which actively encourages creative thinking and inspires fresh new ideas.
That’s why the German-speaking market have been keeping one of Austria’s best hidden gems secret for so long. But not for much longer!
To find out more about how the Congress Centre Alpbach can help you organise your next truly sustainable Green Meeting, please phone +43 5336 600 100 or visit
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