Porsche Pavilion, HENN Architects in Wolfsburg, Germany. “In the beginning I looked around but couldn’t find the car I dreamt of, so I decided to build it myself,” this is how Ferry Porsche’s well-known quotation welcomes and engages visitors to the spectacular world of Porsche – right at the entrance of Porsche Pavilion. Perhaps in this particular sentence Ferry has injected the whole-hearted philosophy of the brand Porsche. “It realizes dreams. Builds legacies. Shakes up established norms and sublimely violates conventions,” as the world’s most successful brand in sports car racing reveals on their official website, “To this day, nothing can replicate the feeling of driving a Porsche. No other combination of sound, feel, sight and soul connects in quite the same way. Nothing else is simultaneously as recognizable yet breathtakingly novel“.History and innovation, high performance and exceptional practicality, hair-raising dynamics with comfort and safety – these synergic qualities build Porsche. The matchless automobile with no substitute. Which of those qualities characterize Porsche Pavilion? Is the pavilion an outstanding architecture and why should you visit it? Find the answers yourself below in the article.
On 12 June, 2012 Autostadt in Wolfsburg celebrated the opening of a new fabulous construction – Porsche Pavilion. Its distinctive silhouette provides a one of a kind, striking, exquisite presence, which can’t be missed within the lagoon landscape of Autostadt. The organically shaped structure, designed by HENN Architects, can be defined as a dynamic, yet static sculpture with elegantly curved and softly glimmering roof platform, covering an exhibition and presentation area of 400 m2.Inspired by Porsche The curving lines and bends featuring the design of the pavilion are inspired by the design of Porsche. Just like the lines of the car, the curves of the building pick up speed and then slow down to end in a seamless shell, representing the dynamism and comfort characteristic of the brand. A Constantly Changing Appearance The pavilion’s cladding is formed by matte-finished stainless steel. On one hand, the material envelops the whole structure, giving a sense of unifying homogeneity. On the other hand, the matte-finished surface of the stainless steel reflects water gleams and thus creates a constantly changing appearance according to light and weather conditions. Lightweight Construction Following the tradition of lightweight construction at Porsche, the roof structure is a self-supporting shell with a monocoque construction (a structural approach where loads are supported through an object’s external skin). To build the platform, 620 stainless steel sheets have been welded together with reinforcing ribs. They were pre-fabricated in a ship-yard in Stralsund and installed on the site. Related Articles:
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Embracing the Fascination of Porsche The design concept of the exhibition and presentation zone, created by MERZ architekten and Jangled Nerves, embraces the evolution, the engineering and the fascination of Porsche and represents them in a memorable, but forward-looking way.
Full Project Credits:
Project name: Porsche Pavilion Client: Dr. Ing. H.c. F. Porsche Ag / Autostadt Gmbh Architects And Lead Consultant: Henn Principal: Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn Programming: Andreas Fuchs, Martin Rath Design: Martin Henn, Klaus Ransmayr, Paul Langley Planning: Georg Pichler, Hans Funk Florian Goscheff, Katrin Lind, Birgit Schönbrodt, Yves Six, Wolfram Schneider, Sebastian Schuttwolf, Maximilian Thumfart Quantity Surveying: Paul Lawrence, Lars Becker, Wolfgang Malisius Construction Management: Wolfgang Wrba, Siegfried Kruse, Hendrik Noack, Karl Rosebrock Structural Engineers: Schlaich Bergermann Und Partner Prof. Dr. Mike Schlaich, Achim Bleicher, Thomas Schoknecht, Sebastian Linden Technical Building Services: Zwp Ingenieur-ag Lighting: Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung Gmbh Infrastructure Design: Niermann Consult Landscape Design: Wes Landschaftsarchitekten, Prof. Hinnerk Wehberg Michael Kaschke , Maxie Strauch Coordination/costing: Claus Rödding Project Team: Thomas Bohr, Frank Fischer, Rainer König, Axel Koch, Yushu Liu, Walter Maas, Barbara Tieke Tendering, Construction Management: Klaus Werner Rose Frank Bolle, Werner Hüsing, Thorsten Heitmann, Robert Holldorf Exhibition Design, Scenography And Media Design: Hg Merz Architekten Museumsgestalter And Jangled Nerves Principals: Prof. Hg Merz, Ingo Zirngibl Project Management: Markus Betz, Jochen Zink Team: Johannes Brommer, Alexander Franzem, Heiko Geiger, Stefanie Heinecke, Bjørn Kantereit, Fabiola Maldonado, Marcel Michalski, Marc Schleiss, Jörg Stierle, Christian Stindl, Sylvia Stoll, Patrick Wais Acoustic Space Design: Klangerfinder Design Period: March 2011 To February 2012 Construction Period: August 2011 To May 2012 Gross Floor Area: 1,400 M Net Floor Area: 1,045 M Roofed, Paved Outdoor Area: 290 M Exhibition Area: 400 M Monocoque: 2,550 M Weight: 425 T Material: Stainless Steel Plate 10-30 Mm Envelope Contractor: Centraalstaal B.v., Groningen Copyright Photogapher: HG Esch Awards: Automotive Brand Award 2012 in the category “Best of Best – Architecture” by the German Design Co.
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