From now on, the event location will be easier to access through public transport. Thanks to the opening of the new tunnel Schuman – Josaphat last April, there is a new and faster way to Evere. This means Event Lounge is even more accessible for meetings and conferences organizers in the European quarter.
This signifies a welcoming increase of fast and direct connections for those who travel by train. This tunnel connects Brussels- Schuman to Evere and allows an easy access from the east of Brussels, Brussels-Airport, Leuven, Antwerp, Charleroi as well as Namur.
The goal of the new connections is to facilitate circulation in and around the city. For the Event Lounge, this means a venue with even more flexibility for the event organizers.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the famous Brussels event space has had a makeover. Including: bigger reception areas, a change in décor, new break rooms and technical innovations. The founders have, however, kept the unique concept which made it so successful.
Since it was founded in 2007, the Event Lounge has earned a good reputation in the Brussels events sector. Since 2013, it has been among the top 3 most popular places in Belgium. “We are proud of its success, of course, but in an ever changing industry the Event Lounge has always innovated and invested,” states Gilles Poot Baudier, founder and partner of the Event Lounge.
More comfort and space
Although the total surface area of the famous “Black Box”, which is 1,250m² and can host around 1,150 people, remains unchanged, the feeling of spaciousness upon arrival at the Lounge is impressive.
Even before arriving, visitors are pleasantly surprised by the temporary outdoor terrace which extends the venue during summer.
When entering the Lounge, the spaces have been completely redesigned and expanded. Partitions have been removed to create an enjoyable and airy space. The capacity of the reception, cocktail and welcome areas has increased from 450 to 700 people, and is more comfortable.
The ample skylight floods the space with sunlight. But the venue’s ambiance also changes when darkness falls. Say goodbye to the Baroque chandeliers for which Event Lounge has long been renowned. A metallic work of art ripples in the atrium, giving it a magical appearance, whilst at the same time underlining the modernity of the space. A huge new bar completes the picture.
The décor connects wood, marble and glass in beautiful, modern harmony. The wise choice of colours and the placement of woodwork helps maintain the cosy and warm ambiance.
We decided to invest in the atmosphere of the welcome area – the Lounge Bar Area – and the decoration of the venue, in order to create an even better experience. The regulars will no longer recognise it!
New space, more possibilities
Although the space has undergone a spectacular makeover, the founders have kept its former spirit intact. The reception, welcome and meeting spaces have been extended so that they can host more people and offer more possibilities. “We welcome conferences as well as events. Our clients include event agencies as well as businesses or institutions who wish to organise events for their personnel, their clients, or their shareholders. Even some individuals,” explains Gilles Poot Baudier. The location of the venue, access by public transport and a 150 space car park are among the major advantages.
“Businesses and individuals appreciate the “plug-and-play” side to the Event Lounge. They arrive here and use the infrastructure and the technical installations without having to worry about anything else: everything is there, ready to use. The same can be said for catering: we offer a turnkey experience. Naturally, if people wish to, they can go further and adapt the decorations and services to their taste: Everyone can do as they wish and the Event Lounge will adapt to their needs.
More spacious rooms
The famous “Black Box”, is 1,250 m² and can host more than 1,150 people. Unique to Brussels and very much appreciated by clients, it has benefited from a full revamp of the lighting and technical installations. By contrast, out of the 9 meeting and break rooms, one has doubled its capacity from 70 to 150 people. “We also hope to offer more flexibility to conference organisers.”
Successful gamble, without changing price
The challenge of renovating the Event Lounge was great, but the result is more than impressive. The cherry on the cake: the Event Lounge has decided not to change its rates. “We want to offer an even better experience for the same price,” concluded Gilles Poot Baudier. Tempted?
To better respond to the needs of its customers, the ‘Event Lounge’ will open an outdoor terrace from early May to late October. Up to 150 people will be able to enjoy outdoor dining in the intimate atmosphere that offers the terrace, which also lends itself to a wide variety of events.
“We clearly feel that in the event industry there is a trend towards more outdoor activities,” says Lynn Arys, Manager of ‘Event Lounge’ explaining the choice for an outdoor terrace. “After a long winter and a disappointing spring, people crave for a happening outdoors. We want to remain competitive and present our customers with the opportunity to organize a barbecue, a cocktail or a flying dinner outside.”
The terrace has indeed some undeniable advantages. “It is not so easy to find a place in Brussels to organize outdoor events accommodating up to 150 people,” continues Lynn Arys. “This terrace is just a welcoming quiet spot just outside the city center. The terrace can also be fully customized according to the wishes of our clients. Attendees will be immersed in the atmosphere of the event and have the impression to be in a different world.” And if the rain spoils the fun … “No need to worry,” states Lynn Arys. “Then our guests can simply move their event to the Lounge Bar Area indoors.”
On 16 April, the Brussels Event Lounge became decor for the election of the ‘Flair Model 2016’, organized by the event agency Checkmate. Ten beauties competed for the coveted title which included a photo on the cover of the famous magazine Flair. Because of the national character of the contest, Event Lounge matched perfectly with the wishes of the week magazine. Not only the central location but also the accessibility and the big parking played a role.
Out of nearly 1,000 entries throughout Belgium, Josephine-Charlotte Lecluyse was rightly declared winner. She can now count on a place on the cover of Flair and additionally wad offered a modeling contract with Models Office.
The evening itself went very smoothly. The guests were welcomed at the Lounge Bar area with a snack and drink. The grand finale took place in the Convention 1. Before the winner was announced, the girls were extensively pampered. Specialists from Maybelline took care of the make-up, Shoe Discount provided the appropriate footwear, Studio / Pro took the photos.
After the contest and the crowning of Josephine-Charlotte Lecluyse everyone got the chance to raise their glass to the winner during a reception organized by Food Lovers, home caterer of Event Lounge.
Event Lounge is very proud to announce that it has received its first star under the “Eco-Dynamic company” label.
This is a new label which adds to the existing Green Key label that we have now held for 3 years. The “Eco-Dynamic company” label is a reward for the environmental efforts we have been making since 2012.
Event Lounge complies with legislation and environmental requirements in effect within the Brussels-Capital Region, but we hope to go further. We pay close attention to consumption of water and energy at our site, in order to ensure continuous improvement in our infrastructure and equipment and to be more effective. Within the context of our environmental policy, we have undertaken to reduce waste and to limit our impact on air, water and soils through an effective management system. We train our staff and inform our clients to ensure that they all contribute to protecting the environment.