Austria Center Vienna Managing Director Susanne Baumann-Söllner explained that The international congress market is a growth market, and its venue is participating in the boom. They are now responsible for bringing over 100,000 international guests to Vienna each year. A competition for the modernisation project was launched last year.
A new entrance building in front of the existing main entrance allows each of the four levels to be accessed separately while shortening the length of time it takes to move around the main building and the exhibition halls.
A partially transparent canopy – the danubeSAIL – will be constructed on the square. If required, the area can be closed off to create a multifunctional 4,200m² hall which can be used by events and congresses for a wide variety of purposes.
With total costs amounting to EUR 32 million, the project will be financed by the venue’s owner – the Republic of Austria – and the City of Vienna.