Hall 550: Fairs, Events - Anything goes

It is unusual for a new event hall to be launched a year before it goes into operation. Even more unusual was the staging by star designer Charles Kaisin in Zurich North.

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That was the Champions League in live entertainment, the likes of which are rarely seen in Switzerland: Where the legendary crocodile locomotive used to be built, the new hub for events, trade fairs and functions for Zurich's millions is being built in Zurich's north, in the historic industrial district right next to Oerlikon station. 

On more than 7,000 square meters, a new event and culture hall will be restored and completed in Zurich-Oerlikon in the coming months. Magistrally launched for 150 invited guests, the new event hub was designed by charismatic Belgian conceptual artist and Jean Nouvel student Charles Kaisen. A long table for 150 invited guests hosted his "Dîner surréaliste" with an unusual, spectacular gastro-staging and soprano Elise Caluwaerts. Dreams of culture, art and culinary fused in an inspiring dramaturgy. Charles Kaisin said, "I love design. We develop stories for companies that fit their DNA."

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"Huge potential"

"You can do a convention, you can do an exhibition, you can drive the crane right in. Anything goes. The place has huge potential," says Thomas Busin (pictured), Head of Gastronomy at the Migros Zurich Cooperative, at the launch of Hall 550.

The range of services offered by Hall 550 as an event and culture hall goes beyond the infrastructure and the various usage areas. "Anything goes" also applies to the extensive range of services, from gastronomy with customized catering concepts to hospitality services such as butler service and checkroom and reception staff to technology and connectivity services for maximum planning freedom. However, tenants such as event agencies can also bring in caterers of their own choice. 

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Operation ensured for 20 years

Hall 550 will go into operation at the end of 2020 and can be rented for events. The hall concept was developed by the Migros Zurich cooperative, which will take over operation for the next 20 years. Smaller rooms as well as halls for trade fairs, exhibitions and events with up to 3,500 people and a floor space of 7,383 square meters can be created.

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