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Temporary Event Infrastructure for the ‘climate summit’ in Bonn

28/11/17

Losberger De Boer built more than 20.000 m² of temporary mobile conference and event location

 

The Federal Republic of Germany, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), was the technical host of the Fiji Republic, which holds the presidency of the World Climate Change Conference 2017. Diplomats, politicians and representatives of civil society from all over the world negotiated in Bonn from 6 to 17 November 2017. The international conference of the United Nations (UN), the so-called Conference of the Parties, or COP, has gathering for the 23rd time. Five further bodies under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change were convening. 28,000 delegates participated in COP23

 

One conference – two zones 

 

The conference had a dual concept, namely action and negotiation. There are two main zones: The so-called ‘Bula’ zone was located between the World Conference Center Bonn and the United Nations Campus. This was the negotiation zone of COP23. The name ‘Bula’ itself conveys an open culture of discussion – it comes from the Fiji Islands and means ‘Welcome’. The ‘Bonn Zone’ was in the Rheinaue Park. Projects for implementation and approaches to solving problems were showcased and discussed here. Governments, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and representatives from business and science took part, among others. In the German pavilion alone – located in the ‘Bonn’ Zone – more than 60 events on the subject of climate protection took place.

 

The three-pronged approach of sustainability, aesthetics and functionality

Losberger De Boer developed conference and event areas for the Bonn Zone for over 150 exhibitors from 25 countries who are presenting their developments in sustainability relating to specific projects and approaches to solutions. To achieve this, 43 tents and halls with a total size of over twenty thousand square metres were combined to make an innovative, temporary space solution which perfectly unites sustainability, aesthetics and functionality. 

The centre of the Bonn Zone consisted of a twin-aisle great hall structure, welcoming visitors to the central accreditation in three languages with its 2.45 m high parapet. The catering area was also accommodated in here on two levels. Up to 1,500 people could be catered for at any time here. The second floor was made accessible with the installation of a six-metre-high electric lift which was installed especially for the purpose in the temporary hall structure.  The two great halls were not only captivating with their attractive, cubic design, but also made a considerable contribution to the sustainability sentiment of the COP23. By using thermal roof covers, thermal wall elements and heat protection glazing, the structures helped improve energy efficiency in 8,500 m2 of event floor space.

Up to 114-m-long walkways led to the conference area. Transparent, translucent roof covers were integrated into the roof spaces at frequent intervals, bringing the daylight inside and saving energy that would otherwise be used for artificial light, again contributing to the sustainability sentiment of COP23.

The innovative conference building concept consisted of temporary units of various dimensions, adjusted precisely to the space required for the event. They offered enough space for conferences and meetings, but also for catering, quiet zones and a trade fair and exhibition area. And last but not least, it may well be able to set an example for future climate conferences in terms of the sustainability aspect. Losberger De Boer is certified to DIN ISO 14001 and its activities are sustainable, both ecologically and economically.

 

Successful symbiosis of efficiency and sustainability

Altogether, 25 members of staff created over 20,000 m2 of temporary conference and event space in nine weeks, helped to improve energy efficiency. The aim was to build on the large flower meadow in the Rheinaue Park in the most environmentally friendly way possible and to re-cultivate it after the project by the BMUB . The hall and tent landscapes were erected on frames and access to the site was aided by roads. In addition to the cleverly thought out logistics concept, Losberger De Boer was also responsible for other works, such as parts of the interior design, floor coverings and the security measures in the entrance area.

More information on COP23 https://www.cop23.de/en/

 

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