17 Jul 10 YEARS, 10 VENUES
Choosing the right venue for each specific event is crucial to successfully conveying the message of the event at stake, and we know it well. Over the course of the last 10 years WIN World has been involved in many events for which different, gorgeous and high-quality venues had to be picked. For this 10-years series, we are highlighting 10 of them.
In random order.
1. CASA DA MÚSICA
Casa da Música is a main concert hall in Porto, Portugal. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas as part of the European Capital of Culture event in 2001 (Porto 2001). The construction was only completed in 2005 and immediately became an icon of the city. At the heart of the Casa da Música, one finds a beautiful, spacious, modern and bright ‘Sala Suggia’ – so named as an homage to Guillermina Suggia, Porto’s native cellist and a world exponent for this instrument during the first half of the twentieth century. With seven windows that connect either to the exterior or to other spaces, providing different viewing angles, it is the only concert hall on the planet where you can play music exclusively with natural light. Hundreds of auditoriums throughout the world have chosen to have openings, windows, skylights or fenestrations, but none compares to the luminosity of Sala Suggia.
2. FUNDAÇÃO CHAMPALIMAUD
Fundação Champalimaud is a private biomedical research foundation. It was created according to the will of the late entrepreneur António de Sommer Champalimaud, in 2004. The complete name of the foundation honors the mother and father of the founder and is ‘Fundação Anna de Sommer Champalimaud e Dr. Carlos Montez Champalimaud’. The Auditorium of Fundação Champalimaud has an exquisite architecture and offers a stunning view on the Tejo River and the Tower of Belém throught its celebrated elliptical window. This makes it a unique venue for events, in Portugal and at the international level.
3. MUSEU DA ELETRICIDADE
The Electricity Museum is a beautiful brick building by the river next to the old ‘Central Tejo’ in the Belém neighbourhood. This is a great example of industrial architecture from the early 20th century, which makes us feel what it was like to spend time in the thermoelectric plant that operated here until 1951 and which was responsible for supplying the greater Lisbon area with electricity. But the Electricity Museum isn’t only about the past, it is mainly about the present and the future. A permanent exhibition shows the original machinery of the former Central Tejo, while temporary exhibitions of great diversity (photography, sculpture, painting, and so on) usually combine art and science. Among the spaces available for events, there is the beautiful, ‘Sala dos Geradores’, which is the most emblematic area of Central Tejo. It is a very large room, with 270 square meters and a right foot of 9 meters, with a privileged view on the river. The Electricity Museum is an integral part of the assets and structure of the EDP Foundation and it is now integrated into the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT).
4. COLISEU DOS RECREIOS
The Coliseu dos Recreios is a polyvalent performance hall, located in São José, Lisbon, that stages, notably, big-name concerts, theatre, dance and opera. It was built from scratch and inaugurated on August 14, 1890, with the operetta “Boccaccio”, by Franz von Suppé, performed by the company Caracciolo, when the works were not yet completed. Four bold entrepreneurs (solicitor José Frederico Ciríaco, philosophy professor Pedro António Monteiro, warehouse owner António Caetano Macieira and meat merchant João Baptista G. de Ahneida) conceived the building as the largest covered performance hall in the world, the capacity of which would have the capacity for 4,000 persons. With the contribution of foreign artists, Coliseu dos Recreios was innovative in the introduction of iron architecture, still insipient in Portugal, through the spectacular iron dome. The Coliseu dos Recreios has always been a popular theater, setting low prices and presenting shows of various types, among which the opera shows can be highlighted.
5. PALÁCIO DA BOLSA
The Palácio da Bolsa (in English, the Stock Exchange Palace), or the Palace of the Commercial Association of Porto, is located in the city of Porto, Portugal, and began to be built in October 1842, due to the closing of the Stock Exchange House, which temporarily forced Porto merchants to discuss their businesses in the open air. With a mixture of architectural styles the building presents in all its splendor traces of the nineteenth-century neoclassical, the Tuscan architecture, as well as the English Neopaladian. Serving also as the headquarters of the Commercial Association of Porto, it is now a venue to the most diverse cultural, social and political events of the city. Among various beautiful spaces, such as ‘Pátio das Nações’, ‘Salas das Assembleias Gerais’, ‘Sala do Tribunal’, among others, ‘Sala Árabe’ stands out. Exotic and singular in its Arabian inspiration, with nineteenth-century gold stuccoes with Arabic characters that fill the walls and ceiling of the room. The tributes to heads of state that visit the city happen in this room. The space is perfect for an event aiming to be staggering. With an excellent acoustic, it can hold concerts, conferences and dinners.
6. TEATRO TIVOLI BBVA
Located at the heart of Lisbon, in Avenida da Liberdade, and classified as a Monument of Public Interest in 2015, the Tivoli BBVA Theatre, founded in 1924, is a cultural icon of national reference. The theatre was built at a time when the modern movement was affirming a very neoclassical taste, making Tivoli a unique example of the genre. While conserving its beautiful historic charm, the Tivoli Theatre has been reinventing itself over the years, adapting to the evolution of the vast proposals within the area of shows and events. Although initially intended as a cinema, theatre, ballet and the performing arts quickly conquered the public to make it a venue with diverse shows. Nowadays the theatre offers a varied program, hosting plays, ballets, concerts, humor festivals, amongst others, and attracting audiences of all ages through the diversity of its proposals.
7.VIDAGO PALACE HOTEL
Located approximately one hour away from Porto, the magnificent spaces of the Vidago Palace Hotel afford an ambience of art worship and an atmosphere worthy of kings. Designed last century, during the reign of King Carlos I, the Vidago Palace Hotel was opened for the first time in 1910. As one of the Leading Hotels of the World, the hundred-year old Palace now provides a luxury service of excellence and comfort. The hotel has 70 magnificent Rooms & Suites, offers great gastronomy at the splendid Grand Ballroom and a modern Thermal Spa, which stands out for the mineral water of Vidago – recognized for its exceptional therapeutic qualities. Close to the hotel, a large ground-floor building, which in the past held the Vidago thermal bath, was converted into a Conference Center, a beautiful and large building offering rooms and halls of different sizes, for all types of events: conferences, seminars, colloquiums, international meetings, festivals, artistic events, product launches (theater, cinema, etc.). The Conference Center has a magnificent Auditorium, overlooking the Vidago Park lake, that is unique in the region and particularly suitable for large conferences, medical symposia, product launches and cinema, concerts and recitals.
8. ALFÂNDEGA DO PORTO
The Alfândega Porto Congress Centre is one of the most awarded venues in Portugal. The Alfândega building, bathed by the Douro river and located in Porto, World Heritage Site by Unesco, has unique spaces and offers exceptional conditions and has gained recognition both at the national and international level, becoming congress center of excellence at the scale of Europe and the world. Among the different space you can find there, the ‘Sala do Arquivo’ is considered one of the most beautiful hall for events in the North of Portugal. The Archive Hall has 1200m² of pure beauty, versatility and functionality.
9. THE WILLARD INTERCONTINENTAL WASHINGTON DC HOTEL
Known for its contemporary luxury, historic charm, sophisticated style, and first-class service, The Willard InterContinental is one of Washington’s most eminent venues. From superb ballrooms to sophisticated and intimate spaces overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Willard InterContinental’s 19 distinctive spaces provide a distinguished setting for both corporate and social events. Among those beautiful spaces, the Crystal Room deserves a special emphasis. For over a century, the Crystal Room has played host to many of Washington D.C.’s most elegant social and corporate events. From elegant receptions and lavish galas, to prominent conferences and annual meetings, the Crystal Room provides an impressive scenery for an unforgettable event. Exuding spectacular opulence, the Crystal Room’s design motif includes mottled green columns, crystal-dripping chandeliers, ornate hand-carved gold leaf crown molding, and antique drapery.
10. PALÁCIO DA CIDADELA DE CASCAIS
Closed for more than 50 years, the Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais, located in the beautiful bay of Cascais, opened for the first time in November 2011 after a renovation of the entire building carried out by architect Pedro Vaz, who sought a balance between respecting the ancient architecture and materials while responding to the needs of comfort, to the contemporary functional requirements and current regulatory requirements. Filled with history, this venue, which is also back to serve as summer residence for the President of the Republic, provides regular guided tours and temporary exhibitions and initiatives such as conferences, seminars and book launches. In the medium term, the Presidency of the Republic intends to carry out the installation of a museum center.