Phase two of the China National Convention Center (CNCC) will be used
as the main media hub of Beijing's upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics from 4
February, after which the venue will continue construction to merge
with the earlier built Phase one for an official opening in 2024.
This will not be the first time CNCC has been used for the global sporting event.
Located in the Beijing Olympic Park (Zone B), the original venue
beside the National Indoor Stadium was designed for use in the Beijing
2008 Olympic Games, for the fencing and pentathlon competitions,
doubling as well as a media centre. It was later repurposed as a
convention centre and named CNCC.
For 2022's Games, CNCC-II is located in Beijing Olympic Sports Center
Area, in the northern end of the central axis of Beijing. After serving
its duty as a main media centre, construction for phase two will
continue and it is expected to open at 1Q 2024 as an international
convention centre, offering some 1.3 million sqm of venue space.
Designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc, the completed
centre will spread across 780,000sqm, where the main convention centre
will offer 420,000 sqm of event space for business exhibition services
and large-scale international exchanges.
Varying venue sizes will accommodate cosy groups of 30, to mega
events of up to 20,000 people, or events hosting more than 50,000.
The centre will also be complemented by an office building, boutique
shopping & retail, and two hotels: the Ritz- Carlton and Marriott
Consulting firm GainingEdge has been appointed as consultant for
venue management and international marketing services for CNCC-II, ahead
of its opening in 2024.
Additional reporting by Natalie Joy Lee.