Rising to great new heights
At the end of April, the Estrel proudly unveiled the Estrel Congress & Messe Center's new event hall in all its glory at a spectacular topping out ceremony. Interested representatives from our vast clientele pool as well as event organizers enjoyed front-row seats as the final beam journeyed all the way up to the imposing 11.5-metre-high roof supports. Construction has been steadily underway since last August, ensuring that the new Convention Hall II is prepared to host its first events on schedule at the beginning of September.
Featuring a central 4,600-square-metre cantilevered hall, the new Convention Hall II will also include a 1,050-square-metre event space, a 700-square-metre foyer, an abundance of rooms for various other uses and a high ceiling stretching up to 11.5 metres. Furthermore, the new facility will be directly accessible from the Estrel's existing Convention Center. With the addition of the new convention hall, the Estrel will be able to offer customers more than twice the amount of event space currently available at our establishment.
The award-winning firm brandherm + krumrey interior architecture will be responsible for the space's interior design. Cultivating a personal and appealing atmosphere is at the heart of their concept. As a point of intersection between the two building complexes, the new foyer will be outfitted with elegant, dark-coloured tiles, sophisticated pendant lights, stylish seating options and metallic-hued walls to create an inviting, cosy setting. "The Sum of All Possibilities", an installation by London design collective Troika, will serve as the space's eye-catching centrepiece. Made of grey-lacquered wood that rotates in a circular orbit around its own axis, the sculpture – which will be suspended from the ceiling – symbolises a state of perpetual metamorphosis. Large illuminated frames housing artful photographs taken of the Estrel's setting will be another unique design feature. Unlike most convention centres, Convention Hall II will feature hardwood floors rather than concrete, further enhancing the building’s visual impact. For a first look at Convention Hall II and the new foyer, enjoy the virtual tour available now on the Estrel website. Use the overview map or click directly on images to navigate to other parts of the Estrel, including meeting rooms, foyers and hotel rooms.
The Estrel has always recognised the importance of sustainability. Built according to 2014 Germany's energy standards (EnEV), the energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly hall will utilise greywater for the sanitation systems and supplement energy usage with up to 160 kilowatts via a rooftop solar panel system. "For an establishment the Estrel's size, it is imperative that we use the Earth's resources in the most ecological way possible", says Ekkehard Streletzki.
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