Exhibition hall 3 Frankfurt am Main

German record for British high-tech architecture

During the Frankfurt Exhibition Site expansion, Exhibition Hall 3 was built on the site of a former freight yard in a record time of 16 months, with 38.000 m2 of exhibition space on two floors. The outstanding architectural feature of Nicholas Grimshaw’s design - Grimshaw, alongside Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, is considered to be the most important representative of British high-tech architecture - is the 165 m roof span. Its supporting structure comprises a three-dimensional curved steel tube construction supported by twelve A-trestles mounted on combined piled raft foundation.

In order to check the supporting structure, KREBS+KIEFER designed a structure and impact model which enabled significant influences on stability to be calculated, such as snow load in the curves of the arched roof supporting structure. Building, supporting structure and assembly planning were required to comply with the strict time schedule, as were structural technical checks and parallel static constructional monitoring by KREBS+KIEFER.


  • Technical verification
  • Prüfingenieure