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Messe Frankfurt architecture

The architecture of our trade fair halls is every bit as different as the events they house. Every building has a unique design with a style that is representative of the era in which it was built. Taking a walk through the exhibition grounds is like taking a walk through the history of Messe Frankfurt.

Internationally renowned architects such as Helmut Jahn, Oswald M. Ungers, Nicholas Grimshaw, Rainer Hascher and Sebastian Jehle have contributed to shaping the face of Messe Frankfurt and giving its exhibition grounds the unmistakable look that it has today. Over the years, our exhibition grounds have evolved into a “city within a city”. Various architectural styles such as Art Nouveau, Bauhaus and Postmodern come together to form an outstanding architectural ensemble. The trade fair halls are aesthetically pleasing and functional in equal measure, allowing them to meet the high demands of our exhibitors.

The foundation stone for our exhibition grounds was laid with the construction of the Festhalle between 1907 and 1909. This is the point at which the modern history of the trade fair sector begins. The Festhalle’s classical façade lends a unique charm to the modern architectural ensemble of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. Further halls and buildings followed over time. The new Hall 11 and the Portalhaus, in the West portion of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, went into operation in time for the 2009 International Motor Show (IAA). These are further unique creations – functional buildings that were constructed in just two years, reflecting the modern-day trend. At the same time, both buildings live up to our high aesthetic standards.

The outer appearance of our buildings is also reflected in their interior, where the design is of equal importance. A prime example of this is the childcare facility, for which the Association of German Interior Architects/Designers (BDIA) awarded us its special “Social Competence” prize in autumn 2008. The Press Centre was also redesigned and serves as a central contact point for journalists from all over the world.