EUREF AG celebrates topping-out ceremony for historic EUREF Dome on the new Düsseldorf campus

June 20, 2023

Relocation of a modern monument: Built as a central venue in close proximity to the Berlin Reichstag building on the occasion of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the replica of the Reichstag dome served as an iconic landmark of the Berlin EUREF Campus for nearly 15 years. As the EUREF Dome, it stood inside the steel skeleton of the Schöneberg Gasometer and became an internationally renowned CO2-neutral location for climate and mobility summits, conferences, exhibitions, party conventions, film premieres, and from 2011 to 2015, for Günther Jauch's successful ARD political talk show. Now, it has been relocated and will adorn the new EUREF Campus in Düsseldorf.

For the festive topping-out ceremony of the dome, which consists of over 3,000 individual parts, weighs 100 tons, and stands 21 meters tall with a diameter of 32 meters, EUREF AG invited guests to an open-air event at the construction site. The guests were treated to a program and various food trucks under the culinary responsibility of EUREF's top chefs Cornelia Poletto (EUREF Campus Düsseldorf) and Thomas Kammeier (EUREF Campus Berlin). After the welcome by EUREF board member Sarah Ameler, there was a video message from the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hendrik Wüst, as well as a message from EUREF founder Reinhard Müller.

"North Rhine-Westphalia aims to become the first climate-neutral industrial state," explained Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst. "Climate protection is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and we can only solve it together. The EUREF Campus in Düsseldorf exemplifies this perfectly. Here, an innovative, climate-friendly building complex is being created, where many people will work, including on solutions for climate neutrality, for example, in the state-owned company NRW.Energy4Climate." The Prime Minister welcomes the new CO2-neutral event location in Düsseldorf, stating, "Through collaborative work, solutions for the future emerge. Exchange fosters the maturation of complex ideas and creative thoughts. What could better symbolize this than this dome."

Perspectives of the new campus

Following the subsequent panel talk "Events of the Future," moderated by Jörg Thadeusz, participants included Dr. Stephan Keller, Mayor of Düsseldorf, Patrick Brinker, Head of Real Estate Investment Management at Hauck Aufhäuser Lampe Privatbank, Moritz Döbler, Editor-in-Chief of the Rheinische Post, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Grube, business manager, Jens Ihsen, Director of Düsseldorf Convention, and Karin Teichmann, member and spokesperson of the EUREF board. They discussed the significance of the new campus for Düsseldorf, as well as the program highlights planned within the dome.

Mayor Dr. Stephan Keller expressed his delight about the relocation of the dome, stating, "The EUREF Campus Düsseldorf is, in many ways, a flagship project for the energy transition, a sustainable economy, and sustainability. With this unique dome as an event location, it now becomes a media-recognized center that also serves as a visible example of recycling. In Berlin, the dome already had two lives, serving as a venue for many high-profile events – in front of the Bundestag and inside the Gasometer of the EUREF Campus. I look forward to constructive discussions under its roof."

A new chapter of the energy transition: The EUREF Campus Düsseldorf

The EUREF Campus Düsseldorf will comprise approximately 80,000 square meters of office and event space. It is the second innovation campus of its kind in Germany after Berlin and will serve as an international showcase for the energy transition. Around 4,000 employees from established companies, innovative start-ups, academia, and research will work here in close collaboration and an inspiring working environment on future topics such as energy, mobility, and sustainability.

The EUREF Campus Düsseldorf will be a place where ideas are generated, implemented, and tested for success. Through intelligent architectural approaches, the use of renewable energy sources, new energy storage solutions, and the consistent integration of state-of-the-art technology, a visible place of the future will be created as a real-life model that can be transferred to many major cities worldwide. A true place of the future that fulfills the German government's CO2 climate protection goals for 2045 – right from the start.