Located between the historic center and the Great Meadows area, the MICX, Mons International Congress Xperience, designed by Daniel Libeskind, is a lever leading to the urban development of Mons and includes 3 theaters with seating up to 800. The building officially opens to the public and kicks-off the Cultural Capital of Europe 2015, on January 9, 2015.
Conceived as a new architectural landmark for Mons, the new convention center is a key element in a plan for economic revitalization, and serves as a connector between the old and the new. From the viewing platform at the top, a visitor can spy the 17th-century Belfry tower, a UNESCO Heritage Site, in the historic center of town, a new train station designed by Santiago Calatrava and the La Haine river.
The 12,500 sq. meter (41,010 sq feet) Centre is an expression of contrasting geometric forms. The Center houses a grand entrance hall, three auditoriums, a multi-purpose event hall, conference rooms, offices, a restaurant, an underground parking and a public roof terrace.
The Center features three auditoriums of varying sizes: 500, 200 and 100 seats, each fitted with the vibrant orange “Tangram” seats that Daniel Libeskind designed for Poltrona Frau. Tangram is an innovative seating concept that combines the functional requirements of auditorium seating with the sumptuous comfort of a lounge chair.
The chair has a wooden structure and a non-deformable fireproof polyurethane padding. The folding mechanism is without any springs and works purely by gravity (which includes noise-damping nylon joints). The chair is available in Pelle Frau® Leather Color System, fabric or velvet covering applied by traditional upholstery system and invisible joints. The metal plates for the floor installation are painted with anti-scratch and shock resistant epoxy-powders guaranteeing a flexible installation and the best fixation.
Poltrona Frau Contract has a long tradition of producing high-quality seats. People around the world have been able to directly appreciate the comfort, design and elegance of Poltrona Frau Contract seats installed in some of the most prestigious theatres and concert halls, on airplanes and luxury cruise ships, as well as in embassies, 5-star hotels and other public and private spaces. Poltrona Frau Contract has been acknowledged at an international level and has a long tradition working alongside high-profile architects. It has completed over 1000 projects in over 50 countries with a collection of 20 made-to-measure seats that transform the dreams, ideas and challenges of the world’s most famous architects into reality.
Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects internationally. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers. In addition to the New York headquarters, Studio Libeskind has European partner offices based in Zürich and Milan, Italy.Location: Belgium
Architect: Poltrona Frau Contract and Studio Libeskind
Client: City of Mons
Total floor area: 12,500 sqm (134,548 sqf)
Cost supervision: CIT blaton
Site supervision: SEMACO
Structural engineer: Ney & Partner
Mechanical engineer: Energys
Electrical engineer: Putman
Contractor: CIT blaton/galère
Façade engineer: Somec Group
Auditorium seats: Poltrona Frau/Cassina (‘tangram’ libeskind design)
Technical review: SECO
Photographer: Georges de Kinder