World Trade Center Rotterdam

Architecture, Party location

The Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam can accommodate fairs, national and international congresses, business events, meetings, receptions and dinners. It is located right in the city centre, in Beursplein square in the Laurenskwartier area. The present Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam site is not far from where the first Merchants’ Exchange opened in 1598. It was the centre of Rotterdam trade for centuries. The present building was opened in 1941.

The oldest part of the Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam was constructed at the end of the 1930s. The building was designed by architect Jan Frederik Staal. He combined elements of the Amsterdam School and the ‘Nieuwe Zakelijkheid’ (new pragmatism) architectural styles. In 1973, his son, Arthur Staal, added an extra single-storey extension. A 97-metre-high green office block, designed by Rob van Erk and built between 1983 and 1986, towers above the exchange hall. It was at this time that Queen Beatrix gave the whole complex the name, Beurs-World Trade Center. The celebrated Mecanoo Architecten architectural practice was in charge of the restoration and renovation of the historic low-rise building. The emphasis here lies in the powerful combination of glass and steel.

Postillion Hotels has been the new owner of the Convention Centre since 1 April 2015. The Convention Centre has more than 37 different spaces that can accommodate groups of 5 to 1,000 people. It can accommodate even larger gatherings when the spaces are combined. The ceiling height in the largest space, the Rotterdam Hall, is 6.9 metres. When set up as a theatre, it can accommodate 1,000 people and, as a dining venue, 600. From the Town Hall space, on the 23rd floor of the office block, there is a magnificent view over the city. This room can hold up to 120 people in its theatre set-up and 100 when a dining venue.

The Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam is a Green Key venue and certified 5-Hammer Congress Company. Wi-Fi coverage can be purchased. In-house catering can provide congress lunches, buffet receptions and full dinners.

The Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam has its own car park in the building. More parking places are available in the nearby WTC-V&D car park. There are over 500 parking places in total. Organisers can hire parking space for their participants. The Convention Centre is also easily accessible by public transport, with trams and metros stopping just outside.

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