Expansion of the Fair and Multifunctional Hall

Riva Del Garda, Italy, 2009–14 Riva del Garda / Italy / 2006

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The concept of Coop Himmelb(l)au envisages the extension of the existing trade fair area with two hybrid building complexes. The southern part consists of a new pavilion and a multifunctional hall for 2.700 visitors, linked by a shared lobby; in the north a sports hall, enclosed in a two-storey parking garage, is situated. Both sites are not only separated from the existing fair trade area by two high traffic streets but also from the public parking lot that is mainly used by most of the visitors. Therefore, the main entrances of both buildings are not located on street level but on plus 6.00 meters, and are linked to the existing infrastructure via bridges and ramps. This way it is possible to create one homogeneous fair concept, and one closed exhibition path. At the same time each floor of the new pavilion is connected to the main foyer and thus is usable independently from the others, and the new pavilion provides maximum flexibility for the users. Pop and rock concerts, fashion shows, sales and fair events can take place in the Multifunctional Hall. While 700 fixed seats are provided on the gallery level, the main floor of the hall can be used in variable ways due to flexible seating and a mobile stage design. The Multifunctional Hall can be used independently and simultaneously of the Fair, so that several events can take place simultaneously. Both volumes merge functionally on level +12.50, where the main floor of the Multifunctional Hall is located. Through opening up the floor-to-ceiling sliding elements along the foyer, the Hall and the Fair form one huge common event space. The top floor of the fair varies functionally and formally from the other three floors. On this floor not only the number of columns is minimized, but openings in the roof and the facade provide a natural light concept, and attractive views for the visitor to the outside.
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    The concept of Coop Himmelb(l)au envisages the extension of the existing trade fair area with two hybrid building complexes. The southern part consists of a new pavilion and a multifunctional hall for 2.700 visitors, linked by a shared lobby; in the north a sports hall, enclosed in a two-storey parking garage, is situated. Both sites are not only separated from the existing fair trade area by two high traffic streets but also from the public parking lot that is mainly used by most of the...

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