Work has now begun on installing the textile cladding on the CityCube Berlin’s façade. Over the next four weeks the upper section on the outside of the new trade fair and congress venue will be wrapped in shining silver cladding. Swiss specialists will mount the 5,500 square meters of textile material on the façade.
The building’s exterior design is the brainchild of Code Unique, a Dresden-based architect team, who won the competition to design the CityCube Berlin.
Architect and proprietor Volker Giezek said, “The CityCube Berlin is an outstanding building in a prominent urban location. As a standalone visual attraction, this new building should highlight Messe Berlin’s capacity as an innovator.” CityCube’s aim is to create the impression of being lightweight and self-contained without undermining its industrial character. According to Giezek, “in order to achieve this design objective we chose textile cladding, which on the inside creates an atmosphere of transparency and from the outside makes it look self-contained.“
With the silver cladding now being mounted on the Cube’s facade, work is also under way to complete the interior installations, which involves a crew of more than 300 professionals. Removable partitioning has already been fitted inside the lower halls. The escalators have been installed and the heavy goods lifts are up and running. Over the past few weeks the high tech heating system has been tested. Work on laying the energy supply lines and data cables is almost complete. The fiber optics and data cables measure 200 kilometers alone, which does not include the 180 kilometers of high-voltage cables.
The glass passageway from the CityCube Berlin to Hall 7 on the grounds is also gradually taking shape. The concrete ground plate has already been poured. This section will be completed with a 400 square-meter glass façade, which will make the passageway connecting the grounds and the CityCube attractive from both, a functional and an architecture point of view.
As with any large-scale project, following the CityCube Berlin’s completion and prior to opening, everything will have to be tested and approved to ensure a smooth operation for every type of event. This applies to the entire logistics system, including the infrastructure, technical installations and catering services for conferences, trade fairs and shows.
The CityCube is due to open in early May with a large-scale event, the national conference of the Confederation of German Trade Unions (11 – 16 May). A number of events, such as the World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (IGB), are scheduled to take place afterwards. True to their slogan “Building Workers Power“, representatives of 175 million employees from around the world will be debating key decisions for the future.
Large-scale medical congresses with thousands of participants from both Germany and abroad will follow later this year. Event booking are already in for 2021, and the new venue will see a busy schedule in the next few years.
About the CityCube Berlin
The CityCube Berlin is located next door to the south entrance of the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The foundations were laid in 2012 and the roofing ceremony took place in June 2013. Two main floors, flexible wall partitioning, numerous conference rooms and the neighboring exhibition grounds provide the perfect setting for all types of congresses and fairs. Events can be staged here with up to 11,000 delegates. More details are available at www.citycube-berlin.com.
About Messe Berlin
Based on turnover and growth, Messe Berlin is one of the world’s ten leading trade fair companies operating their own exhibition grounds. The company’s wide-ranging portfolio includes five global brands: the International Green Week Berlin, ITB Berlin / ITB Asia, IFA, InnoTrans and Fruit Logistica Berlin and Hong Kong. In addition to its in-house workforce of more than 700, with its activities, Messe Berlin secures employment for more than 25,000 people in the region. As such, Berlin and Brandenburg are among the largest employers as well as a driving force of the local economy and tourism. Every year 30,000 media representatives from Germany and abroad report on events in Berlin. For more information, please visit www.messe-berlin.com.
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