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Bella Center is Scandinavia's largest exhibition and conference center
Convention center
A convention center is a large building that is designed to hold a convention, where individuals and groups gather to promote and share common interests. Convention centers typically offer sufficient floor area to accommodate several thousand attendees...

, located in Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

, Denmark
Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

. Located in Ørestad
Ørestad
Ørestad is a developing city area in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the island of Amager. It is expected that 20,000 people will live in Ørestad, 20,000 will study, and 80,000 people will be employed in the area...

 between the city centre and Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Airport is the main international airport serving Copenhagen, Denmark and the Oresund Region. It is located on the island of Amager, south of Copenhagen city centre, and west of Malmö city centre on the other side of the Oresund Bridge. The airport lies mainly in the municipality...

, it offers an indoor area of 121.800 m² and has a capacity of 20,000 people

Among the larger annual events are the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, the main event of Copenhagen Fashion Week
Copenhagen Fashion Week
Copenhagen Fashion Week is held twice a year in Copenhagen. Copenhagen Fashion Week consists of a market week with 3 big fairs at the locations Bella Center, Oeksnehallen and Forum, and a diverse range of fashion shows at City Hall and a myriad of different locations, as well as showrooms and...

 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
Bellahøj
Bellahøj Husene is a large housing project, 5km northwest of central Copenhagen, Denmark. It contains 28 high-rise blocks. Each block has between 9 and 13 floors. The housing project was among the first ever built in Scandinavia. It was the first with high-rise apartments in Copenhagen when it was...

 in northern Copenhagen where the convention centre was first situated. Its first building was constructed in 1965 to the design of architect Erik Møller
Erik Møller
Svend Erik Møller was a Danish architect.Møller used to work with the famous Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen. Together they won the competition to build the new City Hall in Aarhus, which was built from 1938 to 1942. At the same time they built another town hall in Søllerød. From 1955...

. In 1973-75, Bella Center was moved to its current location on Amager
Amager
Amager is a Danish island in the Øresund. The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is partly situated on Amager, which is connected to the much larger island of Zealand by five bridges.-History:...

 between the city centre and Copenhagen airport, while the original building was converted into a sports center under the name Grøndals Centret. 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 start 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
M1 (Copenhagen)
M1 of the Copenhagen Metro, colored green on the map, runs from Vanløse to Vestamager. It connects the Ørestad neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, to the city center. The line is elevated while traveling through Øresund, while it runs in a tunnel below the city center...

 of the Copenhagen Metro
Copenhagen Metro
Copenhagen Metro is a rapid transit system serving Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and Tårnby in Denmark. The system opened between 2002 and 2007, and has two lines, M1 and M2. The driverless light metro supplements the larger S-train rapid transit system, and is integrated with DSB local trains and...

 opened in 2004, it was with a station named for the Bella Center located next to it.

Major events

  • 2009: United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009
  • 2009: 13th Olympic Congress
    13th Olympic Congress
    The 13th Olympic Congress was held on 3-5 October, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, by the International Olympic Committee . The city of Copenhagen was chosen in 8 February by the 118th IOC Session held in Turin, Italy to stage the 13th Olympic Congress, together with the meetings of the Executive...

  • 2009: 121st International Olympic Committee Session
    121st International Olympic Committee Session
    The 121st International Olympic Committee Session was held on October 1–9, 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, during which Rio de Janeiro was selected as the host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics...

  • 2009: 33rd Ordinary UEFA
    UEFA
    The Union of European Football Associations , almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer....

     Congress
  • 2006: MTV Europe Music Awards 2006
    MTV Europe Music Awards 2006
    The MTV Europe Music Awards hit Copenhagen at the Bella Center/Rådhuspladsen in 2006. The venue was made to feel like a VIP club with exclusive, intimate performances...

  • 2002: European Council
    European Council
    The European Council is an institution of the European Union. It comprises the heads of state or government of the EU member states, along with the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council, currently Herman Van Rompuy...

  • 1995: The World Summit for Social Development
  • 1993: European Council
    European Council
    The European Council is an institution of the European Union. It comprises the heads of state or government of the EU member states, along with the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council, currently Herman Van Rompuy...


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 post office, grocer's shop and florist

Bella Sky Hotel


The 814-room Bella Sky Hotel
Bella Sky Hotel
Bella Sky is a 4-star conference hotel adjacent to the Bella Convention and Congress Center in the Ørestad district of Copenhagen, Denmark. With 814 rooms, it is the largest hotel in Scandinavia.-Architecture:...

 is currently under construction at Bella Center. Designed by Danish 3XN Architects
3XN
3XN is a Danish architectural practice with head office in Copenhagen.-History:The company was founded in Århus in 1986 as Nielsen, Nielsen & Nielsen by Kim Herforth Nielsen, Lars Frank Nielsen og Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen. The latter left the company, which is today led by a partner group of...

, the hotel consists of two inclined tower
Inclined tower
An inclined tower is a tower that was intentionally built at an incline.The world's most popular inclined tower, despite the fact that it was not originally projected, designed, nor was it supposed to be inclined, is the Torre di Pisa, in Pisa, Italy....

s, standing 76.5 m tall with an inclination in opposite directions of 15°.

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

Events


Bella Center hosts a large variety of trade fair
Trade fair
A trade fair is an exhibition organized so that companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, service, study activities of rivals and examine recent market trends and opportunities...

s, exhibition
Exhibition
An exhibition, in the most general sense, is an organized presentation and display of a selection of items. In practice, exhibitions usually occur within museums, galleries and exhibition halls, and World's Fairs...

s, conventions and political summits. Every year, it generally hosts 25-30 large exhibitions as well as around 1,300 meetings of varying sizes. Among the majour annual events are:

Transport


Bella Center station
Bella Center station
Bella Center Station is a rapid transit station on the Copenhagen Metro. It is served by the M1 line. The station is elevated from ground level and opened on 19 October 2002. It is located in fare zone 3 and named after the Bella Center, a congress center located to the west of this...

 on the M1 line
M1 (Copenhagen)
M1 of the Copenhagen Metro, colored green on the map, runs from Vanløse to Vestamager. It connects the Ørestad neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark, to the city center. The line is elevated while traveling through Øresund, while it runs in a tunnel below the city center...

 of the Copenhagen Metro
Copenhagen Metro
Copenhagen Metro is a rapid transit system serving Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and Tårnby in Denmark. The system opened between 2002 and 2007, and has two lines, M1 and M2. The driverless light metro supplements the larger S-train rapid transit system, and is integrated with DSB local trains and...

 is located next to Bella Center,

The regional Oresundtrain
Oresundtrain
Oresundtrain or Øresundståg is a regional rail network serving the Oresund Region. The train consists of multiple units manufactured by Bombardier Transportation in Kalmar, previously known as Kalmar Verkstad and lately in Hennigsdorf by LEW Hennigsdorf...

s from Copenhagen and Malmö stop at Ørestad station
Ørestad station
Ørestad Station is a railway and Metro station situated in the middle of the new city of Ørestad in Copenhagen, Denmark. The M1 and regional trains to Copenhagen Airport, the city centre, and Malmö are served from the station. It is in fare zone 3....

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.