BAU 2019, taking place between January 14 and 19, 2019, will be a real XXL event. Because it will include the two brand new exhibition halls—C5 and C6—which increase the capacity of the Messe München exhibition center to around 200,000 square meters. And BAU 2019 will be taking up all of this space—18 halls in total. It will be the biggest BAU ever. There´s also a new exhibition section, on Lighting and Smart Building, to add to the comprehensive spectrum of themes presented at this show.
Expanding the exhibition space was a very important step for BAU, says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy CEO of Messe München: “Firstly, we can now accommodate in part the exhibitors’ requests for more space. Secondly we can reduce the waiting list we have for some sections of the show, and thirdly—perhaps the most important point—we can integrate two new future-oriented themes into BAU, in a section on Lighting and Smart Building.”
Despite more space being available for the 2019 event, already now—one year before the show starts—it is getting hard to find free slots. “The run on BAU is as big as it ever was,” explains Markus Sporer, Deputy Exhibition Director of BAU. “The job of planning and allocating space is in full swing. In many segments, and therefore in 15 of the 18 halls, we are more or less fully booked, apart from one or two remaining slots. The sections in which we are better able to offer free space are BAU IT, gate and parking systems and architectural/artificial lighting.”
Today is already clear that when BAU opens its doors on January 14, 2019, all 18 exhibition halls will be fully booked, down to the last square meter. And with the extra space at our disposal in 2019, it´s certain we will set a new record for exhibitor numbers. In fact we are expecting around 2,200 exhibitors from at least 45 countries. On the visitor side, too, the chances are good that we will exceed 250,000. The organizers are also aiming to attract even more trade visitors from abroad—the aim is for about one third of the total.
The two new halls C5 and C6 are also bringing a few changes in terms of the exhibition layout. For example the section on glass, so far housed in Hall C2, moves into Hall C3. BAU IT, Europe´s biggest exhibition of software for the building industry, moves from Hall C3 into the new Hall C5. The new section on Lighting/Smart Building takes up Hall C2 and also incorporates solar shading systems, daylight management, arcade rooflights, roof domes, artificial lighting concepts, building automation/control and lifts.
The integration of the theme of lighting into BAU is a logical consequence, says Exhibition Director Mirko Arend, because: “The theme of lighting concepts is playing an ever bigger role in the overall concept for a building. In our new exhibition section we combine the theme of light with the theme of building automation. It´s about light deflection, lighting control, lighting concepts, daylight versus artificial light. This new segment will also be a link to existing sections such as façade systems, windows and doors and energy technology.”
As you can imagine, preparations for BAU 2019 are in full swing. Key themes, forums, special shows, the supporting program—“we are coordinating closely with our partners and have already made excellent progress,” says Mirko Arend. If you want to keep up-to-date with what´s going on, then sign up for your copy of the new BAU magazine (called “BAU MAG”), and follow BAU on Facebook and Twitter: