The existing center entrance to the Nürnberg Fair was inappropriate in its “role” as the main entrance: the narrow entrance lobby could not be clearly recognized from the exterior. The new louvered roof can be seen even from far away, acting as a sign which connects various exterior and interior spaces and spans across the entrance area connecting the subway, taxi drop-off, and bus stop. It now marks the main entrance to the Nürnberg Fair.
A loggia located underneath the louvered canopy protects the visitors from the rain and greets them with a light-flooded central entrance hall, from where the different exhibition halls, congress areas, and central park can be accessed. The new multifunctional congress hall appears to float within the entrance hall. The lavish main staircase and the front foyer present a pristine view onto the bustling activity of the loggia and conveniently connects the existing the congress areas.
With its 250 meter long louvered roof made of ALUCOBOND®, the design additionally creates a mega-sign that fulfills multiple functions simultaneously: it organizes the various parts; it provides a unique address; it connects the interior with the exterior space and defines an “urban foyer” that extends the main foyer from the forecourt to the entrance to the new fair park.Location: Germany Architects: kadawittfeldarchitektur, HAUSHOCH GmbH i.L., stm°architekten
Building owner: NürnbergMesse Group
Material roof: ALUCOBOND®
Year of construction: 2011/2012