The harmonious overall impression defines the cityscape east of the Rhine


With its 11 halls and a gross exhibition space of 575,000 m², Koelnmesse defines the cityscape east of the Rhine. That’s why it is crucial that an attractive appearance be maintained during urban development. In order to do so, Koelnmesse will redesign the hall facades facing The street called Deutz-Mülheimer-Straße. As a result of this extensive make-over, Hall 10 will look more like the southern halls. The transition from the white entrance area to the red-brown hall facades will create a contrasting yet harmonious overall impression and encourage visitors and local residents alike to take a stroll here.

In order to create a cohesive and inviting overall impression, the open-air areas along Deutz-Mülheimer-Straße and the connection between the new car park P22a and the exhibition centre will be redesigned. The goal is to develop a concept that networks the exhibition centre with the main arrival points and the municipal facilities, helps trade fair visitors find their way around the exhibition grounds, and at the same time fits in with the exhibition centre’s new look. The main challenge here is that the concept not only has to meet purely functional requirements, but also to create a welcoming atmosphere for customers and visitors from the moment they enter the exhibition grounds.

To accomplish this planning task, Koelnmesse decided to implement a workshop procedure, from which the landscape architects from "urbane gestalt" emerged as the winner. Planning and designs on paper have been developed since mid-August 2016 and the final drafts will be created in the summer of 2017 before deciding on further steps together with the city of Cologne.

The individual measures at a glance:

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