Building Name – Mercedes-Benz Museum
Location – Mercedes Strasse 100, Stuttgart, Germany
Owner – DaimlerChrysler Immobilien, Berlin
Architect – UN Studio (Dutch Architect)
Year of Start – 2001
Year of End – 2006
Building Area – 35,000 sq.m.
Programme – Car museum, shop, restaurant, offices, auditorium
- It is an Automobile Museum.
- It covers the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand and the brands associated with it.
- Stuttgart is home to the Mercedes-Benz brand and the international headquarters of Daimler AG.
- It is based on a unique cloverleaf concept using three overlapping circles with the center removed to form a triangular atrium recalling the shape of a Wankel engine.
- The museum contains more than 160 vehicles, some dating back to the very earliest days of the motor engine.
- The vehicles are maintained by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center of Fellbach.
- The building’s height and “double helix” interior were designed to maximise space, providing 16,500 square metres (178,000 sq ft) of exhibition space on a footprint of just 4,800 square metres (52,000 sq ft).
- According to Ben van Berkel, joint founder and director of UNStudio “The Mercedes‑Benz Museum sets up an interface for a series of radical spatial principles in order to create a completely new typology”.
- The Museum’s sophisticated geometry synthesizes structural and programmatic organizations resulting in a new landmark building celebrating a legendary car.
- The geometric model employed is based on the trefoil organization.
- The building’s program is distributed over the surfaces which ascend incrementally from ground level, spiraling around a central atrium.
- The Museum experience begins with visitors traveling up through the atrium to the top floor from where they follow the two main paths that unfold chronologically as they descend through the building.
- The two main trajectories, one being the car and truck collection and the other consisting of historical displays called the Legend rooms, spiral downwards on the perimeter of the display platforms, intersecting with each other at several points allowing the visitor to change routes.