Ian Ritchie Architects

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The Biggest Glass Palace in the World

An illustrated pocket book which explains the design and technical realisation of the world’s largest and most spectacular glass hall. The huge glass ‘winter garden’ – the centrepiece of the new Leipzig International Exhibition Centre – is 244m long, 80m wide and 30m high at the apex, enclosing 350,000m3. Combining simplicity of concept and construction with elegance and economy, it appears as a filigree shell within the site’s central landscape.

The New Leipzig Messe opened in April 1996, and was celebrated with the issue of a special German postage stamp. Since then it has become a favourite venue in its own right for exhibitions, launches, sporting, dance, and other cultural events.