The Estonian Convention Bureau gained a one-of-a-kind new member on December 1st in the form of the PROTO Invention Factory, an entertaining ‘experiment centre’ where the technologies of the past and present come together.
PROTO, which opened its doors this autumn, is a vast, Jules Verne-esque lab where revolutionary machines – and the science behind them – are presented through virtual reality and hands-on exhibits. Though this attraction is primarily aimed at the younger generation, PROTO also offers event and conference halls that are perfect for groups looking for a memorable backdrop.
Its largest space, the Nobel Hall, can accommodate up to 800 guests for receptions, 400 guests for galas and 550 delegates for conferences, while the 220-seat Pantera Hall is better suited to conferences and smaller gatherings. Additionally, the Invention Factory itself can be booked for corporate events – perfect for anyone in search of an unforgettable, steam-punk ambience. Catering for up to 200 is provided by the on-site PROTO Café.
“We’ve seen a clear and growing demand for venues that break the mould in the clever way PROTO does, so we’re very much looking forward to having them on our team,” said Kadri Karu, the ECB’s Managing Director.
PROTO’s historic-industrial mystique comes by virtue of being located in the Noblessner Port, originally a submarine factory set up in 1912 by oil baron Emanuel Nobel (of the famed Nobel family) and businessman Arthur Lessner. The newly-decommissioned facilities have now been transformed into one of Tallinn’s most rapidly-developing commercial and leisure areas, and are particularly popular among organisers looking for an edgy, off-beat venue close to the city centre.