Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) is one of the world’s biggest and most modern convention centers situated at Sher-e-Banglanagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The conference center was constructed with the technical and financial co-operation of China and was originally intended to house the 13th summit of the 114-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Sprawling over 50,000 square meters of the lush green landscape, it was built with a Chinese grant. Nearly four hundred Chinese engineers and technicians worked for about 17 months to complete it. Its main hall has a seating capacity for 1700 persons, 700 delegates on the floor and 1000 observers in the galleries. It has two 200-seat rooms for committee meetings, four negotiation rooms, a 700-seat banquet hall and a 300-seat media briefing room. The main structure is built on about 20,000 square meters of land and has around it 30,000 square meters of space with water fountains, a parking lot for 700 vehicles and 128 flag poles. The center, designed by the Beijing Institute of Architectural Designs and Research, combines in it the latest architectural technology.
The top of the main hall is a 48-metre spherical shell structure supported by 24 concrete columns. It reminds one of umbrella-shaped top of the chamber of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, located close by. The security systems around and inside the building and the public address system are controlled electronically. It is equipped with a simultaneous four-language translation system, facilities for direct broadcast and telecast of its programs and is also equipped to receive messages and programs through satellite. The building is centrally air-conditioned.