CNCCII to open as a Smart Venue with Cutting-Edge Technology


22 November 2022

The China National Convention Center, Phase 2 (CNCC-II) which served as the Main Media Center (MMC) for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, is on track to begin its next role as China’s premier international convention center.

Located in the heart of the Beijing Olympic Central Precinct, CNCCII is surrounded by Beijing’s iconic Olympic landmarks – the Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), National Aquatic Center (The Water Cube) and National Speed Skating Oval.  Scheduled to open in early 2025, CNCCII will be a smart venue designed to adapt to the changing customer needs.

CNCCII’s technology team is aiming to create a fully integrated technological capability, which will help form a smart venue framework to deliver new and better experiences for event organisers and visitors.

“Technology will be central to every interaction at CNCCII – from marketing & selling the center to planning & hosting events to the ultimate visitor experience.” says Rod Kamleshwaran, pre-opening consultant of CNCCII.

CNCC-II has used full life cycle BIM application throughout the construction period. With the finest information granularity of forward BIM design, the usage of BIM in CNCCII is considered as one of the most versatile applications among the projects currently under construction in China. BIM provides an intelligent digital representation of buildings to support diverse activities. It was used in the design, architecture and construction phases and will play a synergistic role in the whole life cycle of CNCCII.

CNCCII will deploy a digital scene platform and an intelligent event application platform based on 5G, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and other technological innovations.

When stepping into CNCCII’s VIP atrium, one cannot miss its giant LED screen 25 m high x 18m wide with 8K resolution making this convention center the first in China to offer a digital display of this scale with vivid colours and wider viewing angles. This offers events up to 450 sqm of digital real estate to show messages, agendas, sponsor logos, visual storytelling and a more immersive experiences for visitors.

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The state-of-the-art electronic variable sound system means professional sound quality suitable for concerts, operas, fashion shows, and other entertainment events at CNCCII will deliver unforgettable experiences.

CNCCII’s digital twin management platform will bridge the gap between facilities and operations delivering a better event experience and efficiency.

The AR Indoor wayfinding system allows users to find their way in and around CNCCII’s 420,000 sqm using their smartphones through dynamic and continuous location guidance. This technology makes the experience inside CNCCII’s vast space stress-free and easy. On arrival, visitors will be easily directed from event program to their meeting rooms. It will enhance the indoor experience in this large venue while contributing to safer environments – from helping visitors find emergency exits in urgent scenarios or efficiently seating visitors in the center to avoid overcrowding.

CNCCII’s virtual meeting set-up tool takes the guesswork out of planning by allowing organisersto select their desired room layouts, and then preview the overall layout with the number of people that can be accommodated. This tool will help reduce set up time, improve circulation and crowd control.

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A metaverse replica of CNCCII will make site inspections faster and easier, dramatically reducing time and resources spent on-site. This VR technology means the center can be explored while interacting with the venue’s sales people. Planners can simply use their laptop or put on a VR headset and progress from a flatscreen experience to an immersive one, interacting with an environment and the people in it. Planners can also customize their desired space in the metaverse replica to suit the needs of every event.

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The development goal of Beijing’s Olympic Central Precinct is to be a dynamic, vibrant, ecologically friendly center for sports, business events, trade, tourism, cultural exchange, and technological innovation, reinforcing Beijing’s position as the international exchange center in China.

Designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc, along with curtain wall design studio T/E/S/S (France), curtain wall consulting agency RFR (France), the visual system designer Kenya Hara, hotel interior design studio Yabu & Puchelberg, main lighting designer Kaoru Mende, rooftop garden creator Shamsan Gang-Serlingen, and acoustic consultant Müller – BBM. The CNCCII is well on its way to delivering this vision.

Company Profile

Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co., Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beijing North Star Group Co., Ltd, and was officially established on November 6, 2018. It is responsible for the investment, construction and operation of the China National Convention Center – CNCC Phase II.

Media Enquiries

Rod Kamleshwaran
Mobile: +61.408 809 453
IBTM 2022 Stand # K09

GainingEdge, an international consulting company for convention centres and business events has been appointed by Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co., Ltd., the developer of CNCC, for pre-opening operations and marketing from 2021 to 2025.


Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Christian de Portzampare

  • 780,000 sqm complex includes China National Convention Center II, two hotels, commercial offices and retail
  • China National Convention Center II: 420,000 sqm of gross floor space and 270,000 sqm of purpose-built meeting and event space
  • 30,000 sqm exhibition halls with 8,000 sqm of pre-function space
  • 7,300 sqm pillar free Plenary Hall with 7,000 sqm pre-function space including 2,300 sqm ground lobby with 26-meter ceiling height
  • 5,000 sqm Grand Ballroom, 3,000 sqm Summit Hall and 2,600 sqm Round Ballroom supported by 14,000 sqm of pre-function space
  • Almost 10,000 sqm of sky gardens with retractable roof
  • 100 meeting rooms including 30 VIP rooms
  • 954 on-site hotel rooms across two luxury international hotels
  • 1,710 hotel rooms within walking distance
  • 10,000 hotel rooms within 5 km

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