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EXPANSION OF THE ESSEN FAIRGROUNDS

+ PROJECT DATA
  • Status
    Built
  • Year
    1997 - 2001
  • Tipology
    Fair
  • Location
    Essen, Germany > map
  • Client
    Messe Essen GmbH
  • Budget
    120 million € (adjusted to 2013)
  • Total Area/Surface/Volume
    104.000 sq. m
  • Awards
    International competition. Winning Project.
+ DESCRIPTION

After doing the Milan Fairgrounds, Bellini was called to realise a project to add on the Essen Fairgrounds.
The new pavilion, an extension of the city’s historical fairgrounds, recalls – albeit with different formal results – some themes which Bellini had already explored in past projects.
The project is safe, it solves the functional and distributive issues and thus concentrates on emphasising the values of the places suggested by functional programme: paths, large coverings and definition of the exterior of the building.
The roofing of the pavilion is surprising, inside, for its size and for the theatrical effect created.
A glass gallery with vaguely semi-circular sections leads visitors into the pavilion and the exterior covering of coloured cement defines the façades.
The dialogue with the city comes at the only possible point: a semicircular “nose” faces out onto the street accompanied by a long tail characterised by the design of the windows and by the variously inclined septums that support its movement.
(Ermanno Ranzani)

+ CREDITS

Design Team
Mario Bellini, Loretto Buti, Carlo Malnati

Collaborators
Antonio Borghi, Reinhold Wuttke, Giulio Castegini, Matteo Bulli , Egle De Luca, Edoardo Germani, Marco Piccione, Luca Rossi , Alexandra Von Geyso, Giovanni Pigni, Mio Shibuya

Consultants
Local architect: HHS Planer+Arch. BDA, Kassel Landscape: LAND Srl, Milan/Duisburg, Structural Engineers: ARUP GmbH, , Polonyi&Partner GmbH, M&E Services: Gertec GmbH, Photovoltaic system: Flabeg Solar Int. GmbH, General Contractors: Phillipp Holzmann AG, Stahlbau Queck, CLaus Queck GmbH

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