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NürnbergMesse Hall 3C awarded platinum certification by the German Society for Sustainable Building (DGNB)

NürnbergMesse Group is one of the world’s largest exhibition companies with a portfolio of over 120 national and international events that include 35,000 exhibitors and up to 1.5 million visitors a year.

DGNB auditors reviewed the hall’s ecological, social and economic aspects, awarding Hall 3C a total compliance score of 90.5%. According to DGNB, NürnbergMesse Halls 3A and 3C by Zaha Hadid Architects surpass the sustainability standards of all other exhibition halls worldwide.

Opened last year, Hall 3C includes two completely glazed walls that flood the building with natural light while LED lamps illuminate the hall in the evening. The hall also incorporates construction materials with very low emissions and SVHC concentrations, FSC and PEFC certified timber and halogen-free content.

Hall 3C’s highly efficient heat recovery system with rotary heat exchangers achieve energy savings of approximately 80%. Combined with its high quality envelope and advanced building management technology that continually optimises energy consumption, the hall beats current German Energy Saving Regulations by 75%.

The design of the new Hall 3C connects the different structural grids of existing buildings at NürnbergMesse: the hexagonal grid of the original halls dating from the 1970’s and the rectangular halls at Grosse Strasse. This connectivity is expressed within the roof structure of the new Hall 3C and the existing Hall 3A (completed 2014).

This roof structure is comprised of linear triangular trusses. At the halfway point of each truss, its lower beam divides and connects diagonally to the lower beam of the adjacent trusse. Louvers connecting the upper and lower beams of each truss continue the dynamic geometries of this division. On the south façade, this arrangement within the roof structure is turned vertically to create a colonnade of tree-shaped columns which support the canopy and provide solar shading.

Continuing the successful principles developed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the existing Hall 3A, the trapezoid-shaped, 10,000 m2 floor plan of the new Hall 3C varies in length from 95 to 145 metres and is 85 metres in width. Its inclined roof drops from 20 to 13 metres in height to give acoustic benefits as well as reductions in energy consumption and emissions, while its glazed facade enables natural light to penetrate deep into the hall.

Peter Ottmann, NürnbergMesse CEO, explained: “Bringing people together is at the core of our strategy for the future. Halls 3A and 3C by Zaha Hadid Architects are the built embodiment of NürnbergMesse’s recipe for success.”

Photograph by Heiko Stahl