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  7. Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt

Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt

  • 01:00 - 1 November, 2014
Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt
Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Courtesy of Ingo Schrader © Christian Richters Courtesy of Ingo Schrader © Christian Richters + 19

  • Structural Engineer

    Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Frankfurt
  • Lighting design

    LichtKunstLicht AG, Berlin
  • Electrical Engineer

    Centerplan, Staufenberg
  • Sanitary engineering

    IGT Ingenieurgesellschaft für Gebäudetechnik, Pohlheim
  • Survey

    Vermessungsbüro Grandjean & Kollegen
  • Site supervision

    Ingenieurbüro für Hochbau, Weilrod
  • General contractor oval roof

    Prebeck GmbH, Stahl- und Anlagenbau, Bogen with: Rubner Holzbau, HEWA, Merk timber
  • Client

    Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH/ Marc Legg
  • Clearance

    4,55 m
  • Height above street

    5,30 m
  • Steel weight

    75 t (metric), 40 and 20 mm steel plates
  • Total weight

    110 t (metric)
  • Roof materials

    50 mm plywood-panels, up to 18 m long, polyurethane coating on top
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© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Text description provided by the architects. The German Design Council has announced the Tor Nord on the premises of the Messe Frankfurt as winning project of the 2014 Iconic Awards.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

A highly visible white oval roof covers the control area of the main gate of the Frankfurt trade fair, creating a new landmark at the city entrance. The oval form stands out against the orthogonal buildings of the fairground and the diversity of directions focussing at the main gate, enabling easy orientation.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The supporting structure of the roof recalls natural, grown forms. This effect is not due to intentional formal mimicry. It results from a parametric design strategy and its mathematical and geometrical principles.

Courtesy of Ingo Schrader
Courtesy of Ingo Schrader

Like a tree, the roof’s structure resonates with the specific conditions of the site, thus creating a formal expression with striking logic. The roof displays the intrinsic beauty of the laws of nature, the construction’s delicacy and its elegant details. Close cooperation of planners and builders made this possible.

Structure Diagram
Structure Diagram

In April 2014 the project already won the special award for sustainable steel architecture of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Courtesy of Ingo Schrader
Courtesy of Ingo Schrader

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Cite: "Messe Frankfurt – Tor Nord / Ingo Schrader Architekt" 01 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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