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Congress Center Hamburg to undergo Extensive Modernisation

The winner of the architectural competition for the modernisation of the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) has been announced and the new façade design presented

The planned modernisation programme will give a dramatic upgrade to the CCH operated by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC) for more than 41 years. The plans include new design of the CCH forecourt starting with an accessible route from Dammtor main-line railway station, modernisation of the access area at Marseiller Strasse, and a new entrance to “Planten un Blomen” park – all this will give a completely new quality to the conference district from 2019, following a two-year modernisation period.

Bright and well-structured

The new CCH will have clearly structured horizontal lines in its outer envelope. Once visitors entered the new spacious entrance hall, the first impression will be confirmed by clearly structured, and daylight flooded interior architecture. Both will provide visitors with immediate orientation on three levels, and will allow them to understand the horizontal and vertical layout of the building at first sight.

12,000 seats in 40 rooms

On completion of the revitalisation programme, CCH will have a total of 36,000 square metres of gross floor space with 12,000 seats available in up to 40 rooms. The largest of these rooms will be the conference hall 1 in the central part of the building with 3,000 seats. A VIP area will be created in a new upper level to be built on the current west wing, with space for 200 people. The spacious new entrance hall will lead to rooms with up to 3,500 seats on three levels, including two multifunctional areas.

The facelift with the redesign of the entrance area and the new east wing will put CCH right at the forefront of Europe’s “stand-alone, purpose-built” conference centres. Final decision on realisation of the plans is expected from the Senate and Parliament of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg by the end of this year.

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