The Messe is an internationally renowned trade fair area located in the centre of Frankfurt-am-Main. The trade hall 3 completes the southern perimeter of a large square known as the ‘Agora’, presenting a 165 m long, fully glazed elevation to this busy space. The roof structure spans the length of the building, creating one of the largest column-free spaces in Europe. The building comprises of 40,000 sq m of exhibition space over two floors, accessible by four-storey foyer areas at both sides. The soaring roof of the trade hall creates a landmark presence for the fair. The roof is essentially a single, giant, folded plate structure formed from a continuous network of welded steel tubes spanning 165 m. The roof structure is as lean as possible and performs several jobs. The total available area for acoustic absorption is maximised by the undulating and twisting inner surface. They also act as smoke and heat reservoirs to improve ventilation.
trade hall 3
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