The modernization of the Messe Basel is making progress. Developed by Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron on behalf of the MCH Group, the project aims renew the existing exhibition space and become a popular destination for pedestrians and foreign visitors. The new multifunctional exhibition building is scheduled for completion in 2013.
Architects: Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd., Basel Location: Basel, Switzerland Client: MCH Messe Switzerland AG, Basel, Switzerland Project Area: 141,000 m2 Construction Period: 2010 – 2013 Photographs: Courtesy of MCH Swiss Exhibition (Basel) Ltd.
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The three-story addition will be replacing two outdated exhibitions halls with new exhibition areas designed for large events, meeting rooms, dining areas, shops and other services. The space is divided into three parts: the open space, a covered lounge and the City Rosentalanlage (later Green Park).
Hall one will remain intact. The main event hall will be relocated to the ground floor of the new Hall three. Both, Halls one and three will be connected by an overhead walkway above the Messeplatz. The City Lounge will be located directly under the walkway. Many interior spaces are able to be combined for flexible use.
The floors of the building shift, uniquely responding to the surrounding city. The metallic waves on the façade create vivid reflections and insight to the movement within. The public ground and exhibition floors will be covered with a shiny metallic surface.