International Design Ideas Competition for the Multihalle Mannheim

October 9, 2018

The Multihalle Mannheim e.V. Association, the Association of German Architects in Baden-Württemberg (BDA), and the International Building Exhibition Heidelberg, are inviting submission ideas for the sustainable development of the Multihalle Gridshell in Mannheim, Germany, originally designed by Frei Otto in 1974.

In 2015, Fast + Epp won an international competition to undertake a design review and retrofit of this historical monument, and restore the timber Gridshell to its original splendor. The team developed a solution that would allow for the building to remain a permanent cultural fixture of Mannheim and is part of an association raising funds to ensure its preservation.

Fast + Epp is currently in the early stages of design.

Once the Gridshell has been restored, the Ideas Competition will focus on how to fill the space in an elegant and practical way. The submission deadline is February 15, 2019.

To learn more about the Ideas Competition, read the Competition Brief.