The trade fair location of the future: Messe Essen is presenting itself as a modern, international marketplace for around 1.5 million visitors each year. In line with this aspiration, the grounds are being fully rebuilt and modernised – while continuously in operation.
Fewer yet more large-scale halls, a new logistics centre and an inviting new face for the eastern side of the site are the core elements of the plan, designed by sop as a member of the ARGE general planning team.
In a process comprising several stages, some existing halls are completely demolished while others are only gutted and equipped with state-of-the-art air conditioning, plumbing and lighting systems. The newly built hall 6 houses the new exhibition lounge and the also new service center. Of great importance is the site’s visual and spatial relation to the adjacent Grugapark, which prompted the design of broad openings in the façade. The glass foyer of Messehaus Ost will become the new face of the trade fair – its extensively projected roof creates a protected, spacious outdoor reception area perfect for connecting to public transport.