The International Congress Centre was established in the heart of the Culture Zone, in a new and revitalized space near the iconic Spodek and other unique buildings such as the seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Silesian Museum. The architectural design of the International Congress Centre won first place in an international urban architecture competition. The ICC’s winning architecture was designed by JEMS Architekci in Warsaw. The main idea was to channel the modernist architecture of Katowice that together with Spodek would create an appealing recreational area.
Hence the Green Valley that runs through the centre of the ICC, connecting it with Spodek and generating a synergy between the two buildings and the events taking place therein. The ICC terrace overlooking Spodek has become a favourite hang-out for locals. The facility is designed to host up to 15,000 guests; while the spacious, multifunctional hall can host up to 8,000 guests, and can be arranged as needed.
Spodek is a world-class facility with a rich history of entertainment, sporting events, and exhibitions. Finished in 1971, it has become a permanent fi xture of the Katowice cityscape and one of the most recognizable architectural icons in Poland. For 45 years, Spodek has been a venue for large events such as world-famous concerts and championship sporting events. In recent years, Spodek’s unique space has attracted young people from all around for the international Intel Extreme Masters Esports tournament.