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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Porsche Pavilion at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany by Henn Architekten

 
September 6th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Henn Architekten 

A few weeks ago the Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG celebrated the opening of their Porsche Pavilion at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg in the resence of 200 guests of honor. For the first time since its opening in 2000, the theme park receives another building structure in the form of the new Porsche Pavilion, which expresses the importance of Porsche within the Volkswagen Group family.

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  • Architects: Henn Architekten
  • Project: Porsche Pavilion at the Autostadt
  • Location: Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 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
  • Acoustic space design: Klangerfinder
  • DESIGN PERIOD: March 2011 to February 2012
  • CONSTRUCTION PERIOD: August 2011 to May 2012
  • Gross floor area: 1,400 m2
  • Net floor area: 1,045 m2
  • Roofed, paved outdoor area: 290 m2
  • Exhibition area: 400 m2
  • Monocoque: 2,550 m2
  • Weight: 425 t
  • Material: Stainless steel plate 10-30 mm
  • Envelope Contractor: Centraalstaal B.V., Groningen
  • Software used: Mc Neel Rhino 4, Autodesk Autocad 2012

  • 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
  • STAGE DESIGN AND MEDIA: hg merz architekten museumsgestalter and jangled nerves
  • Principals: Prof. HG Merz, Ingo Zirngibl
  • Project management Team:  Markus Betz, Jochen Zink Johannes Brommer, Alexander Franzem, Heiko Geiger, Stefanie Heinecke, Bjørn Kantereit, Fabiola Maldonado, Marcel Michalski, Marc Schleiss, Jörg Stierle, Christian Stindl, Sylvia Stoll, Patrick Wais

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‘The building is unique and its construction is extraordinary. This pavilion also has a symbolic and historical dimension, as it hints at the common roots through which Porsche and Volkswagen have been connected from the very beginning and will continue to be connected also in future’, says Matthias Müller, CEO of Porsche AG. ‘As a worldwide leading automobile destination and communication platform for olkswagen, we provide insights into our brands, values and philosophy for our guests. With the Porsche Pavilion we start a new chapter in the history of the Autostadt’, adds Otto F. Wachs, Director of the Autostadt.

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 The organically shaped building is sitting – in mirrored location to the Volkswagen Pavilion- at the central axis of the theme park and offers 400 m² of space for exhibitions and presentations. Its characteristic silhouette will become a distinctive icon amid the lagoon landscape of the Autostadt.

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Curving lines and exciting bends make the Pavilion a dynamic yet reduced sculpture with its characteristics derived from the Porsche brand image. As designed by HENN, the structure captures the dynamic flow of driving with a seamless building skin. Its lines pick up speed and slow down just to plunge forward in large curves with ever-changing radii. A matte-finished stainless steel cladding forms the flush envelope of this vibrant structure, creating the impression of a homogeneous unity, whilst creating a continuously changing appearance depending on light and weather conditions. At the entrance the pavilion cantilevers 25m over the lagoon’s water surface in front. Below the cantilever of the large asymmetrical roof, a sheltered external space opens up. This space is visually connected to the surrounding landscape, but forms its own acoustic enclosure, providing seating for a few hundred guests. Architecture and landscape, interior and exterior as well as roof and facade are brought together by HENN in their architectural concept of a coherent, flowing continuum. The external area around the pavilion was designed by landscape architects WES and integrated into the overall concept of the theme park.

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This is how the new piazzetta creates a connection between the Porsche Pavilion and the adjacent Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Pavilion by means of water features and trees. By walking around the sculptural Porsche Pavilion, further highlights of the Autostadt can be discovered.

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Similar to the monocoque construction technology used for lightweight structures in the automotive and aerospace industries, the building envelope forms a spatial enclosure whilst at the same time acting as load-bearing structure. A total of 620 sheets of stainless steel cladding with welded ribs were prefabricated in a ship-yard in Stralsund and assembled on site.

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Inside the pavilion a concentrated space opens up, allowing visitors to experience the sports car brand Porsche and its history, yet, casting aside the conventional limits and restraints to perception. The elliptically curved ramp embraces the dynamic principle of the architecture and leads the visitor to the lower exhibition stage areas. The exhibition and staging concept created by hg merz architekten museumsgestalter and jangled nerves combines evolution, engineering and the fascination of Porsche into an impressive image of future-oriented tradition. The Original Porsche – a 356 No.1 built in 1948 – is the starting point for a swarm of 25 silver coloured vehicle models at the scale of 1:3, on show in the main exhibition area.

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Tradition and innovation, performance and day-to-day-practicality, design and functionality, exclusiveness and social acceptance: These four antagonistic terms characterise Porsche’s values and philosophy. They are also picked up as themes in short films. A film about the company history, sound stories about selected Porsche models as well as tablet PCs with further information about the exhibited vehicles make this visit’s experience perfect.

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