darmstadtium Wissenschafts- und Kongresszentrum Darmstadt
Your IT-hotspot for sustainable events
Whether for international conventions, meetings, product launches, annual general meetings or trade fairs, the Congress Centre Darmstadt provides excellent conditions for all kinds of events. Sustainability, the conservation of resources as well as the exceptional IT infrastructure make the darmstadtium unique within the German meetings and convention industry.
With 18,000 m² of meeting space, the darmstadtium represents the ideal location for science, business and cultural events. Situated at the heart of Darmstadt, city of science, within the metropolitan region Frankfurt Rhine-Main, it is only a few steps away from the city centre and pedestrian zones. The “AirLiner”, a direct Express Bus Service from the Congress Centre to the Airport, completes the darmstadtiums service by offering a fast and comfortable connection.
Twenty-one multi-functional conference rooms, a lounge for special occasions, a small congress hall ferrum for 383 people as well as a large divisible congress hall spectrum for up to 1.677 people equipped with modern communication and audio-visual technology provide outstanding flexibility. The surrounding foyer areas, flooded with daylight, are perfect for accompanying exhibitions and catering.
The darmstadtium’s avant-garde architecture provides visitors with a whole new sense of space whilst offering the perfect surrounding for scientific congresses and conferences, international conventions, meetings, product launches, annual general meetings and trade fairs.
IT-HOTSPOT for your event
Throughout the building, the congress centre Darmstadt offers a level of IT infrastructure that is otherwise only required and maintained by major providers. The fast internet connection with up to 10 gigabits per second, the latest wireless standard 802.11ac as well as the unique in-house mobile network connection (including parking) represents a unique service innovation among German congress centers. Due to the expert support and first class service from our in-house IT specialists, makes the congress centre perfectly designed for demanding user conferences and product launches.
First DGNB-certified sustainable congress centre
The darmstadtium is the first congress centre in Germany to have received the silver certificate by the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) in 2013. The building surpasses the requirements in terms of ecology, technology, socio-cultural, function, economy, location and processes in an outstanding way.
From the beginning it was the forward thinking vision of architect Talik Chalabi which made the darmstadtium the benchmark in sustainable construction. During the planning and construction phase, the darmstadtium was designed according to energy saving regulations of 2004. However, the recent energy performance certificate shows that the building is operating below today’s much more stringent regulations undercutting requirements by 10%.
Go Green! Climate friendly meetings at the darmstadtium
"Green meetings" are a key trend in the event sector. They demonstrate that providers and companies are aware of ecological issues and wish to take responsibility for the environment and our planet's future. For the darmstadtium, it is not only a trend. The congress centre is a showcase for sustainability, conservation of resources and intelligent use of energy and therefore predestined as a future-oriented venue for climate-friendly meetings. Sustainability is the strategic orientation and also the basis for the daily operation of the darmstadtium. As first congress centre in Germany the darmstadtium has received the silver certificate by the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) in 2013. Due to its use of geothermal and solar energy as well as biomass and green electricity generated from renewable sources, the darmstadtium has an extremely small carbon footprint and is consequently the perfect venue for green meetings.
Most sustainable office
Internal corporate guidelines for purchasing goods and services prefer products which meet environmental and sustainability aspects. The scope of products ranges from office supplies to toiletries. As a result, the congress centre has been awarded with the first place within the category "company with up to 500 employees" during the competition "Office and Environment 2014". The focus of the competition, organized by the German Environmental Management Association (B.A.U.M. e.V.), is the careful use of resources concerning the daily work at the office. This also includes the consideration of environmental aspects when purchasing office materials.
Moreover, staff and partners in the areas of catering and cleaning services have been provided further training to become sustainability consultants.
Climate neutral events
The darmstadtium accepts its responsibilities and offsets all stationary CO2 emissions at the darmstadtium in cooperation with the local climate partner ENTEGA.
Moreover, being a “Green Globe”-certified congress centre, the darmstadtium enables visitors, in cooperation with Germany’s national rail company Deutsche Bahn, to travel to and from the venue without causing CO2 emissions. Congress participants also have the opportunity to get the DarmstadtCard Congress ticket for using the local public transport for a reduced rate. For electric cars, a car charging point is available to charge with green electricity free of charge. E-bikes are also available for hire. The Call a bike station completes the perfect match of outstanding mobility offers.
Resource-conserving sustainability through clever building technology
From the beginning it was the forward thinking vision of architects in cooperation with the Technical University, Darmstadt, in the field of “Energy Efficient Construction”, which made the darmstadtium the benchmark in sustainable construction and fed into the congress centre’s energy concept. The darmstadtium is heated primarily using its internal heat sources. The onsite biomass boiler is an important part of the congress centre's energy supply. Locally-sourced woodchips are used as fuel and contribute to a reduction of unnecessary and damaging CO2 emissions.
The roof of the darmstadtium is fitted with over 400 photovoltaic solar panels for generating electricity. Each of which generates 180 Watts and approximately 70,000 kilowatt hours per year, thus offsetting more than CO2 emissions per year. To ensure the building remains cool in summer, the facades are made from heat-reflecting glass.
The Calla, a funnel-shaped flower made from glass and steel in the congress centre’s foyer “atrium”, conserves resources in two elegant ways – it collects rain water and sucks in air. Heat is recovered from the outgoing air and incoming air is cooled by evaporation of collected rainwater which is although used for the darmstadtium's sanitation facilities.
Sustainability was at the forefront throughout all faces of the building construction and design. For example bamboo was chosen as the flooring material not only for its hard wearing qualities but also because of its natural tendency towards sustainability. Environmental responsibility and user acceptance were key criteria when selecting office equipment.
Sustainability par excellence.
- Rooms with daylight
- Rooms with columns
- LAN connection
- Video Projection
- Simultaneous Interpretation Tool
Darmstadt: Europas Weltraumhauptstadt
Darmstadt überzeugt vor allem auf den Kompetenzfeldern Technologie + Innovation sowie Transport, Logistik + Verkehr. Eine herausragende Stellung nimmt die 30 Kilometer südlich von Frankfurt gelegene Stadt in der Luft- und Raumfahrt ein. Eine dichte Vernetzung von Forschung und Unternehmen des IT-Sektors sind ebenso kennzeichnend wie ein guter Mix aus neuartigen Forschungszweigen und traditionellen Natur- und Ingenieurswissenschaften.