New Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre
Maximum spans achieved in timber
All halls are spanned over their entire width of 80 m each without supports by a curved timber roof construction with intermittent waist-shaped light joints in the transverse direction. Some 6,500 m³ of glued laminated timber will be used for the entire hall area of around 55,000 m². The individual components have a width of up to 54 cm, a height of up to 110 cm and a curved length of approx. 42 m.
Three of the four halls have a smooth roof soffit designed with 3-layer solid timber boards. The multifunctional hall, on the other hand, is defined by a stronger load-bearing, rhombic timber structure with continuous, superimposed girders.
Use of timber, a renewable resource, enabled total emission savings of approx. 23,000 tonnes of CO2. The project was awarded the Energy Globe 2005 for this achievement.
- Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH (DE)
- Gerber Architekten
- Construction period
- 2002 – 2003
- Roof area
- 55,000 m²
- GLT volume
- 6,500 m²