The supervisory board and shareholders of Messe Düsseldorf, which hosts the biennial glasstec event, approved plans for a complete reconstruction of its fairground’s South Entrance and Hall 1.

“We can now implement our master plan for the complete modernization and renewal of the premises at our home base—and, as always, without subsidies,” says Werner M. Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

The organization will invest 140 million EUR ($148.68 million USD) into the project, which is scheduled to start in May 2017 and be completed in summer 2019. Düsseldorf-based architectural firm slapa oberholz pszczulny architekten designed the modernization.

At the new South Entrance visitors will be welcomed by a new illuminated and translucent awning, 83,950 square feet in size and approximately 65 feet high, according to Messe Düsseldorf. The entrance will open towards the forecourt across a completely glazed front, spanning 305 feet high. The first floor will have a glass-enclosed meeting room protruding into the foyer.

“By redesigning the South Entrance, we are creating a high-quality condition for exhibitors and visitors, both architecturally and functionally—the same we already have at the North Entrance,” says Dornscheidt.

At the start of the project, Messe Düsseldorf plans to demolish Halls 1 and 2 and replace them with a new building immediately adjacent to the foyer along its entire width.
Comprising more than 129,160 square feet, the new hall will be about the size of the existing halls 8a and 8b.