Car Park Zoobrücke
A state-of-the-art car park, which will be finished at the beginning of 2018, will be directly adjacent to the exhibition grounds. In addition to 3,260 parking spaces, it will also have extensive logistics areas for the vehicles involved in stand construction and dismantling. That will reduce the volume of traffic in the Cologne districts on the right bank of the Rhine.
Koelnmesse had announced a "Design and Build" competition for the planned car park and its attached logistics building in mid-2015. The winning concept, which envisions a building with dynamic curves, was submitted by the Cologne-based architectural practice schultearchitekten together with Deutsche Industrie- und Parkhausbau GmbH (dip). Because of its prominent location directly adjacent to Cologne’s Zoobrücke, the design of the building’s facade must meet very high standards.
On 8 January 2016, it was announced that the competition for the facade design had been won by the Stuttgart firm Wulf Architekten. The submitted draft proposes a facade with overlapping tiles that makes the open structure appear closed at first glance. At the same time, the finely perforated metal elements, mounted on the facade ensure that road users are not bothered by glare from inside the building. As a result, this multi-storey car park presents a calm, elegant and pleasantly restrained appearance within its urban setting.
On 8 September 2016, Koelnmesse laid the cornerstone for the new car park at the Zoobrücke to launch its ambitious Koelnmesse 3.0 investment programme. After a construction period of a little over a year, the first section of the exhibition centre Car Park Zoobrücke opened in time for the dmexco, the global business fair for digital marketing (13 to 14 September 2017). Since then, the first 2,000 parking spaces are available to trade fair visitors.
The individual measures at a glance:
- Architectural competition for the southern section of the exhibition centre
- Hall 1plus
- CONFEX® Hall