© Messe Frankfurt, Bach

Fair Frankfurt Roof North Gate

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City, Country Frankfurt, Germany
Year 2008–2013
Client Messe Frankfurt, Germany
Architect Ingo Schrader
Services Structural Engineering
Facts Height: approx. 4.55 m | Roofing surface: approx. 593 m² | Total weight : approx. 110 t | Competition: 2008, 1st prize
Awards Iconic Award 2014, 1st prize (category: architecture) | Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues 2014, Special prize | Stahl-Innovationspreis 2015, Category "steel in the construction sector"

Apart from three new guardhouses a new roof above the North Gate was built as part of the redesign of the North Gates 9 and 8 of the Frankfurt Fair. The design of the German architect Ingo Schrader for the guardhouses and the roof resulted from a competition in 2008.

The roof of the North gate was placed on an existing road bridge. The basic geometry of the 40 m long by 20 m wide oval consists of various individual flat steel bars. Position and dimensions of the flat steel were developed using a computer-based optimisation algorithm. The roof is supported by triangular shaped steel columns.

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