© Coop Himmelb(l)au

Fair and Exhibition Centre Riva del Garda

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City, Country Riva del Garda, Italy
Year 2008–2011
Client Garda Trentin Fiere SpA
Architect Coop Himmelb(l)au
Services Structural Engineering
Facts GFA gymansium: 19,000 m² | GFA fair: 29,800 m² | Seats: 3,300 | Competition: 2006, First prize

The Riva del Garda project is a commission of the real estate company Garda Trentino Fiere. It consists of two blocks, one resisting on the ground and the other suspended, respectively welcoming an exhibition centre and a multipurpose hall that will host pop and rock concerts, fashion shows, events and trade fairs for about 3000 people. Two buildings are connected by a lobby and to the north, the volume of the sport hall is enclosed by a two-storey parking.

The new exhibition halls will be connected with existing ones from a bridge that will allow the continuity of the exhibition. Since each floor of the exhibition will be directly connected with the foyer, and therefore be used independently, the new building will provide maximum management flexibility. It has reduced the number of pillars and openings in the roof slab, where natural light and views are provided through windows.