The multi-functional event hall has opened on the eve of Basel World 2013, the Swiss city's most lucrative annual trade exhibition for the watch and jewellery industry, following 22 months of construction work.
Designed by local architects Herzog & de Meuron – the masterminds behind the Tate Modern's recent extension in London – the hall is connected to the Congress Center Basel and enables the city to now host events with around 5,000 delegates.
The hall will increase the venue's overall exhibition space to 141,000m2, of which 83,000m2 will be suitable for multi-storey stands.
The new event hall alone will offer concert seating for up to 2,500 delegates and banquets for 2,000. Delegates can alight from the tram stop directly outside and there is an enclosed walkway that connects to the Congress Center Basel. The venue has a green roof with solar panels.