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New Hall 5 for Messe Frankfurt



At Messe Frankfurt, the existing Hall 5 will be demolished as of the end of 2019 once modernisation work has been completed on the adjacent Hall 6. The new Hall 5, the design for which also includes a photovoltaic system in the roof, is to be completed by the end of 2022.

 - North façade of the new Hall 5, which is to be completed by the end of 2022.
© Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg Architekten
North façade of the new Hall 5, which is to be completed by the end of 2022.

A design by a Frankfurt architectural office for replacing Hall 5 during normal operations has been selected by Messe Frankfurt. “The new Hall 5 is to be a part of our master plan for modernising our exhibition grounds, in which we will be investing more than one billion euros in total. For Messe Frankfurt, it is above all business aspects that are the main focus in building the new Hall 5," Uwe Behm, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, explains. "The project involves replacing the existing Hall 5, which still fulfils its function but is outdated from a construction point of view. Owing to the complexity of demolishing a building that is closely woven into the architecture of the grounds and situated directly adjacent to the Congress Center, Hall 6 and the Via Mobile moving walkway, we need an architectural office whose team can be on location quickly whenever necessary. With this in mind, we consciously approached local architectural offices here in Frankfurt who had qualified by taking part in the competitions for the South Entrance and Hall 12. As we are not building on an outdoor area – as is the case with Hall 12, for example – it is vital for us to have maximum planning precision while examining the existing structures.”

The underlying conditions for the new Hall 5 have been defined exactly except for a small number of secondary aspects. For example, the building will have the same floor plan and two-level design as the existing Hall 5. As well as this, no changes are to be made to the Via Mobile, the moving walkway system for transporting trade fair visitors. One marked improvement will be the column-free design of the first exhibition level, which will once again be adjacent to the large Harmonie hall in the CMF on the same level. In total, however, there is less leeway for design than with architectural icons like Halls 3, 11 and 12 or the Portalhaus, which have a greater visual impact towards the neighbouring Europaviertel and Kuhwaldsiedlung districts.