Delugan Meissl’s Stuttgart Porsche Museum made of concrete and steel


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The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is a deconstructivist building by architects Delugan and Meissl that breaks away with our expectations, a building featuring the same soft, flowing lines as the legendary sportscar.

Delugan Meissl’s Stuttgart Porsche Museum made of concrete and steel 
The rounded, flowing forms of the legendary Porsche did not directly influence architects Delugan and Meissl in the design of their complex multi-faceted building of concrete and steel in Stuttgart.
Delugan Meissl Associated Architects built the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart to represent the sense of speed expressed by the legendary German sportscar. By creating a white modern version of the mastaba, on which stands a complex volume that looks like something out of a science fiction movie, they give the whole project the feeling of a spacecraft that has just landed on the earth, ready to challenge the cosmos, just like the cars it contains. It wasn’t easy to come up with an original building inspired by the famous brand, but the architects expressed their idea of speed by breaking the lower part of the building off from the upper part to give form to the dynamic force the client wished to obtain and the architects aimed to create.
The building does not offer any technological marvels, though designing and building such a complex shape was by no means easy. The great power of the base is resolved with columns at regular intervals, forming a frame along with the horizontal floor slabs, all made of classic reinforced concrete. The few large columns and other structures supporting the upper part of the building are arranged close to the pillars below them, without creating a complex, disorderly forest of pillars, even though the building’s shape is hard to define in strictly geometric terms. Long, slender reticular steel beams fill in the vast span of the upper building, concealed behind its white cladding. Due to the numerous variations in the volume of the wrapper, the beams often change their thickness, updating the static model. The architects don’t seem to worry about this.
The concrete interior spaces containing the staircases and installations are arranged vertically, reorganising the composition as a whole in the eyes of the visitor, who may feel disoriented when viewing the building from the outside, given its large size; but as the whole building is covered with simple white plaster, the only element shared by the inside and outside, the sensation is one of unexpected unity.

Fabrizio Orsini

Category: Cultural
Address: Porscheplatz 1, 70435 Stuttgart Zuffenhausen, Germany
Project team Jörg Rasmussen, Torsten Sauer, Tapio Lassmann, Zoltan Adorjani, Philip Beckmann, Imke Haasler, Hendrik Steinigeweg, Gerhard Gölles, Sebastian Brunke, Tom Hindelang
Floor area 13,333 m²
Gross surface area 27,692 m²
Gross surface area aboveground 14,388 m²
Volume 225,464 m³
Sire area 8,200 m²
Exhibition area 5,600 m²
Gastronomy area 500 m²
Museum shop 200 m²
Classic car workshop 1,000 m²
Conference area 700 m²
Credits photos / drawings / visualisations
Hertha Hurnaus / Brigida Gonzalez / Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Exhibition Concept / Design Prof. HG Merz Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany
Architect (Realisation) Wenzel + Wenzel Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany
Architect (Site Management) Gassmann + Grossmann Baumanagement GmbH
Structure Engineering Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner Beratende Ingenieure VBI GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
Project Management Drees & Sommer Stuttgart GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
Light planning Delux AG, Regensdorf-Zurich, Switzerland
Media Technology macom GmbH communications consulting engineers
Building Services Engineering Interplan Gebäudetechnik GmbH, Gerlingen, Germany, Jürgensen + Baumgartner Ingenieurbüro für Versorgungstechnik GmbH
Building physics FB Wolfgang Sorge IB für Bauphysik GmbH, Nürnberg, Germany