Window to the city as an attraction
Messe Frankfurt gives insight
© Messe Frankfurt / Geiseler Gegrull Architekten
Messe Frankfurt is to make its trade fair activities more visible to passers-by on the east side of Hall 1 with a window to the city. The proposal, made by Alexandra Geiseler and Bernd Gergull, of Geiseler Gergull Architekten, Frankfurt, won the architectural competition held in 2017 which focused on finding solutions for creating additional gastronomy units in the approximately 18,000-square-metre hall. Work to implement the design will commence in July, when the summer break starts. This will involve redesigning the entire east façade of Hall 1, which was built in 1989 together with the City Entrance according to designs by architect Helmut Jahn. A large red frame extending across both hall levels will provide a spatial element both within the hall and externally towards the city. This will give the extensive hall façade a new focal point. The frame extends out of the façade, providing an additional seating area on both levels. "The window to the city will be a real eye-catcher", says Uwe Behm, member of the executive board. "People will look up and wonder what is up there". The approximately 150-square-metre café bar on level 1.1 will in future provide seating for 48 and standing room for 36; the approximately 160-square-metre food service area on level 1.2 will seat 60 guests with variable seating that can be extended into the hall itself.