Competition 1st Prize
New Trade Fair Park / Train Station Luxembourg-Kirchberg
International competition of realisation
1. prize for Pohl Architekten Stadtplaner/Jena with SteinmetzDeMeyer architectes urbanistes/ Luxembourg, Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering/Stuttgart, New York and Hausladen Ingenieure/Munich
The winners of the international architectural competition for the new building of the Trade Fair Park Luxembourg and train station Luxembourg-Kirchberg competed with
seven renowned international architectural and engineering teams. All eight design teams had been qualified by a preceding application procedure. The competition was held by the ministries of sustainable development and infrastructure of Luxembourg, as well as the Luxembourg railway company, the Messepark Luxembourg and the funds for urban planning and housing development of Kirchberg. The brief of the competition was to propose designs for a sustainable redevelopment of the exhibition grounds with a central public transport hub in the area Luxembourg- Kirchberg.
The focus of the design is on the new construction of an allpurpose exhibition hall, administration buildings, multifunctional and congress areas, and the arrangement of a hotel at the exhibition grounds. The infrastructure for an economical supply and waste management, the arrangement of parking for the exhibition centre and incentive parking facilities were part of the requirements for a redevelopment concept. Additional requirements were proposals for a new construction of a railway station in Luxembourg-Kirchberg with a peripheral station, a bus terminal and a tram stop.
The judicious integration of the new exhibition structure and the railway station into the urban design master plan of Kirchberg was inevitable to assure a sustainable development of the area.
The jury unanimously nominated the design team POHL Architekten Stadtplaner, Jena with STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes, Urbanistes, Luxembourg in collaboration with
KNIPPERS HELBIG Advanced Engineering, Stuttgart and HAUSLADEN Ingenieure, Munich, BARTENBACH Lichtlabor, Austria and AREAL Landschaftsplanung, Luxembourg for the first prize and suggested the team for the realization of the project.
Integrating the exhibition grounds into the urban context allows the exhibition company for the first time to live up to the standard of a trade fair park. From the initiator’s point of view the functionality of the design is exemplary and allows for hosting big interrelated trade fairs, as well as the organisation of several independent, and yet individually assignable, medium and small events. The new exhibition grounds will cover a net usable area of 46.000 m2.
The necessary infrastructure has been planned to be economically consolidated and easy to find. The design of the building volumes is constituted in a compact size. The efficiency of the intelligently designed supporting structure has been perceived as particularly remarkable. It enables the required large spans of column-free exhibition halls and provides a grid for the installation of versatile buildings within the halls.
The competition theme, designing a Solar-Plus exhibition centre, evolved from the geometry of the building and the utilisation profile to set a trend-setting example for sustainable building. According to the calculations the exhibition hall can hold its energy balance omitting the use of fossil fuels. And is therefore not burdening the environment. Another design point was the extensive natural lighting and the installation of photovoltaic systems on the folded roofs, which have been optimised on base of energy calculations. As a result, the operational costs can be reduced considerably. With the detailed design and planning documentation on hand, the realisation could be started soon. Luxembourg will be the owner of a worldwide unique Solar-Plus Exhibition Centre and thus, gain another economic testimonial.
Luxembourg-Kirchberg - Participants
SteinmetzDeMeyer architectes urbanistes mit Pohl Architekten Stadtplaner
Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, Ingenieurbüro Hausladen
Architecture et Environnement avec Fuksas Arch.
Simon & Christiansen Engineering, Felgen & ass. Engineering
Moreno Architecture mit OAB_Office of Architecture
in Barcelona Carlos Ferrater, InCA ingénieurs, PGI Engineering
Luxembourg-Kirchberg - Other participants
Ballini, Pitt and Partners & UNstudio Van Berkel et Bos /Arup
Joao Alvaro Rocha-Arquitectos & Mangado y Asociados / Afaconsult
Architecture et Aménagement & Grimshaw Architects / Atkins limited
Atelier d’architecture et de design Jim Clemes & Architecture & Urbanisme 21 - Worré et Schiltz, Holiger, Jean Schmit Eng.
Christian Bauer et associés & Baumschlager und Eberle, Ney & Partners, Goblet Lavandier & Ass.
Advanced Engineering are based in Stuttgart, Germany
Luxembourg-Kirchberg images / information from Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering