Alfândega Porto Congress Centre
FM’19 will take place at the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre (APCC) (Google Maps: 41.143928, -8.621688) in Porto, by the river Douro. This is the old building of the warehouse and customs house of Porto which has been since subject to many amplification and reconstruction projects.
The current building was finished in 1869 and was operational until 1987. Later converted into a Museum of Transportation, in 1992 it was renovated by the architect Souto Moura to become a modern 36000 m2 conference center with 22 multifunctional spaces and a 400 parking space.
FM’19 will occupy the whole 2nd floor of the west wing of this building, comprehending the following spaces there: AWS, Google, Sony, Miragaia, S.Joao and Arrabida.
If you are looking for a space to snack and hang out at Alfândega do Porto, we suggest Alfândega Café & Bistrô. This coffee shop at Alfândega do Porto retains the original furniture and traditional look of the old Portuguese cafés. It offers traditional snacks and can be found downstairs.
Due to the number of workshops and tutorials, we will also use spaces in the other building of the same organization (World of Discoveries) and in Hotel Vincci, where most guest speakers and other participants will be accommodated.
World of Discoveries
The World of Discoveries (WoD) is an Interactive Museum and Theme Park that re-enacts the odyssey of the Portuguese navigators.
Our participants will have access to the building’s main Auditorium, upstairs room (Ceuta), terrace and reception hall. The Museum is located straight across the street from the Alfândega Porto Congress Center.
Vincci Porto is the hotel where most guest speakers and other participants will be accommodated. Located in an emblematic building that formerly housed the local fish market, the space was completely refurbished and now boasts a unique contemporary style complemented by its historic details.
The program of the event extends to two conference rooms (Bolsa-1 and Bolsa-2) and a terrace area located in the hotel.