BAU 2015 to attract 2,000 exhibitors

Over 235,000 expected to attend biennial event in Munich

Mirko Arend, exhibition group director.
Mirko Arend, exhibition group director.

BAU 2015 will attract over 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries.

The biennial event in Munich is the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, and is set to run from 19-24 January.

BAU stands for ‘the future of building’ and the three key themes being promoted in the run up to the event are: intelligent urbanization, buildings and users, and energy and resource-efficiency.

Mirko Arend, exhibition group director, told CW: “Many exhibitors will be shaping their presentations to match and showcase corresponding solutions. In the forums at the show, architects, construction engineers and project developers will be exploring and debating the key themes from a range of perspectives. And, in the special shows at BAU, the themes will be illustrated through examples of products and projects.”

In 2013, the event attracted over 235,000 visitors from around the world and a similar amount is expected in 2015.

“As in the past, the visitors will come from about 40 countries, most of them from Europe, but also a great number – almost 10,000 – from countries outside Europe,” said Arend.

Visitors will find architectural solutions, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and for interior fit-out, for new-build, renovation and modernisation.

The highlight of the supporting program is ‘The long night of architecture’ where about 40 buildings all over Munich will open their doors to the interested public.

Such is the popularity of the event, that there are currently 500 companies on a waiting list to exhibit. However, to overcome this problem, two new halls are to be built.

Arend explained: “Building work will start on these halls in early summer 2016, and will last about two years. From 2018 onwards we will then have 200,000m2 of hall space – that’s 20,000m2 more than at present.”

He added: “For BAU 2019 we will probably be able to offer space also to those companies that are still on the waiting list at the moment.”

For more information on BAU 2015 visit www.muenchen.d

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