Messe Düsseldorf celebrates ambitious architectural project

Thomas Geisel, Helmut Oberholz, Thomas Kleine-Kalmer and Werner Dornscheidt A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held to kick off one of the most ambitious construction projects in the history of Messe Düsseldorf in Germany.

Opening the event was Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel who is the chairman of the supervisory board of Messe Düsseldorf and Helmut Oberholz, the managing partner of the commissioned architects’ office slapa oberholz pszczulny sop architekten.

Joining them were Thomas Kleine-Kalmer the division manager of general contractor Koster GmbH and Werner Dornscheidt, the president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH.

The company plans on building not only a new multi-functional hall with conference facilities but also a fully glazed new entrance in 2019.

The entrance is expected to be complete with a translucent LED-lit canopy roof and adjacent underground parking.

As a result, one of the most ‘state-of-the-art’ and multi-functional trade fair locations and convention venues will be established in the southern part of the Düsseldorf exhibition centre. It is expected to be of the highest architectural and functional standards. The investment in this project totals approximately €140 million.

‘With the start of construction, we have taken an important step towards the complete modernisation and renovation of our premises at our home base. We continue adapting the exhibition centre to our customers’ demands and requirements thereby increasing our service excellence even further,’ says Dornscheidt.

By 2030 Messe Düsseldorf will invest a total of about €636 million in its premises.

‘With this move, Messe Düsseldorf secures its position as one of the leading trade fair companies worldwide and as the most profitable trade fair organiser with its own premises in Europe,’ says Geisel.

The city’s new face

According to Oberholz The centrepiece of the design is an oversized canopy roof made of translucent fibre glass fabric measuring 7 800m2.’It is installed 20m above ground to mark the new entrance. We are extremely pleased to be able to create a landmark for this unique location between the River Rhine and Nordpark while giving the exhibition centre a new face to the city visible from afar.’

The translucent, illuminated canopy will welcome trade fair and convention visitors alike. It will serve a number of purposes.

Trade fair visitors will cross the entrance portal to enter the 16.5 m high, transparent foyer. Opening up to the forecourt via an all-glass facade spanning over 82 metres, the foyer will double as a venue.

The cantilevered, glazed conference room on the upper floor that will protrude into this atrium-like entrance concourse will create an exciting spatial structure.

Additionally, there will also be more than 2 000 sqm of space available for necessary services such as ticket offices or cloakrooms.

‘Assignments of this magnitude, where up to 500 workers will be simultaneously busy at the construction site during the peak phase of the interior work, are not uncommon for us but prove a challenge for us time and again,’ explains Kleine-Kalmer.

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