#158 – 350 years Merck anniversary

#158 – 350 years Merck anniversary

M-Sphere is the name of the large dome on Frankfurter Strasse in Darmstadt. Thousands of employees from over 50 countries submitted suggestions and voted on the name.

Merck, one of the leading science and technology companies, is erecting a spectacular tent on the site of its headquarters in Darmstadt. The custom-made construction in the shape of a dome consists of a round steel frame, the interior of which does not require any supporting or column elements. With a diameter of 50 meters and a height of 21 meters, it offers space for 1,700 people and will be one of the largest structures of its kind.

Until the end of January, it will be covered with a membrane in the distinctive Merck design. The tent will serve as a central festive location for numerous events in connection with the 350th anniversary of the Darmstadt company. The tent will be officially opened during the Merck employee festival on April 19. The dome will then become a 3,400 square meter projection surface for 360-degree films, which were produced by Merck especially for the anniversary. An open house will be held on September 22. On October 31, dismantling begins.

“With the innovative tent construction, we are creating an appropriate space for the anniversary celebrations in Darmstadt, where Merck’s success story began 350 years ago. We are already looking forward to many great events at this unique location,” explains Walter Galinat, Member of the Executive Board of Merck.

The main tent is complemented by three smaller tents, including the so-called Curiosity Space. Twelve interactive 3D films will show the strategic future topics of the Group. Two smaller tents, eight meters high, will serve as entrances and wardrobes.

Photo credit: Walter Huber

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