RAI Amsterdam expands Hall 5

New face on Wielingenstraat side

Gwen Kaufmann, m+a - Friday, August 23, 2019    

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With the expansion and renovation of Hall 5, adjacent to the Europa Hall, RAI Amsterdam will gain a new face on the Wielingenstraat side of the convention centre. Designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, construction of the new section has now started and the hall will be ready for its first exhibition and conference guests in early 2020. Benthem Crouwel Architects has previously been involved with designing three modern additions to the RAI – the Elicium & Amtrium buildings and the new parking garage – while fully respecting the original work by RAI architect Alexander Bodon. The existing plinth, which due to the many doors and logistical entrances now creates a somewhat untidy impression, will be replaced by a 30-metre deep, 135-metre long hall on the current parking area. The vertical layout of the curtain wall is in line with the existing architecture of the RAI. An open entrance area has been created where the new Hall 5 connects to the Amtrium while maintaining the sunny terrace of the restaurants located there. Hall 5 will share its main entrance with the Amtrium, while a second separate entrance to the hall allows this to be let independently.

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