With the completion of the forecourt and canopy of the new south entrance, one of the most ambitious construction projects in the history of Messe Düsseldorf came to an end. Now, at this point of the grounds, a 7,800 square meter large and approximately 20 meter high canopy made of translucent fiberglass fabric welcomes trade fair and congress visitors. The 170-meter-long and 82-meter-wide forecourt below it not only provides access for buses and cabs, but also offers sufficient space for events, be they trade fairs or stand-alone events. The filigree steel construction of the roof consists of a total of 94 diamond-shaped elements, whose covering of
waterproof PTFE glass fiber fabric allows daylight to shine through and between which more than 1,500 LED light strips are mounted in a length of 2 m each. In the dark, they allow for glare-free, indirect illumination of the membrane covering. In addition, the construction can be colorfully illuminated from below and thus impressively set in scene. With the new ensemble of canopy, glass foyer building and the adjacent exhibition hall 1, Messe Düsseldorf now offers a comfortable, architecturally sophisticated and harmonious access to the exhibition grounds.
Messe Düsseldorf puts Hall 1 in Operation
New Hall booked up until late June 2020
On Wednesday, 25 September, Messe Düsseldorf will put its new Hall 1 into operation after a 2-year construction period. The doors of the 82 m long, glazed front of the foyer will then open for the first event: expopharm, Europe’s biggest trade fair for the pharmacy sector, will – as a contracted event – mark the beginning of continuous occupancy of Hall 1 until drupa in late June 2020. K, the world’s premier trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, will be the first proprietary event to occupy the new hall from 16 to 23 October. “Our plans have worked out: we capitalised on the less busy trade fair cycle since summer 2017 for the construction work
and now have the new hall ready to be used when our extremely busy exhibition period from autumn 2019 to summer 2020 starts,” delights Werner M. Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf who goes on to say: “This new hall with its direct connection to the new Süd/South entrance along with the conference facilities for flexible use mean we are in an ideal position. Being one of the leading international trade fair locations the optimisation of infrastructure is the be-all and end-all to us. We always focus on our customers’ needs here.”
Have a look at the construction progress till december.
Messe Düsseldorf has reached the halfway point in one of the most ambitious construction projects in its history. On 14 September 2018 is the day when the large construction site on the River Rhine witnessed the topping-out ceremony for the new Hall 1.
Much has happened on the construction site since the ground-breaking ceremony for our new southern section in July. Have a look at more than 100 days of construction progress, such as the demolition of the old halls 1 and 2 and the beginning of civil engineering works in our new time-lapse video.
Building works for modern south entrance and new hall 1 start
Master plan for modernisation strengthens trade fair as economic factor for Düsseldorf and its international standing
This Friday saw Düsseldorf’s Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf, Helmut Oberholz, Managing Partner of the commissioned architects’ office slapa oberholz pszczulny sop architekten, Thomas Kleine-Kalmer, division manager of general contractor Köster GmbH and Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, kick off one of the most ambitious construction projects in the history of Messe Düsseldorf with the ground-breaking ceremony.
Düsseldorf’s Lord Mayor and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf Thomas Geisel, Helmut Oberholz, Managing Partner of the commissioned architects’ office slapa oberholz pszczulny sop architekten, Thomas Kleine-Kalmer, division manager of general contractor Köster GmbH and Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, kicked off the construction of one of the most state-of-the-art and multi-functional trade fair locations and convention venues on Friday, July 14 2017.
Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Ansgar van Treeck
Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Ansgar van Treeck
Ground Breaking New South Entrance, 14 July 2017
Impression of construction June 2017 and interview with Jurek M. Slapa, architect
Facts & Figures Construction Activities and New South Entrance
Start of construction: June 2017 Completion: Summer 2019 Costs: Approx. EUR 140m
Halls (during construction) Number: 17 (+ lightweight hall 18 + further lightweight halls when needed)