ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 301
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Wed Aug 30 21:37:34 PDT 2006
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by Lisa Ashmore
With the bulging prow of its aluminum and glass
skeleton looming beside the fast lanes of Highway B14
in Stuttgart, Germany, the new Mercedes-Benz Museum
lives up to the German automaker's refined engineering
image. On entering the structure designed by the Dutch
firm UN Studio, visitors ascend eight stories to the
top, then wind down twin ramps through a collection of
160 vehicles displayed over 178,000 square feet (16,500
square meters) of exhibition space.
During the brief ascent in one of three bullet-shaped
elevators, one's mind and retina are given a preview,
through an eye-level slit, of images of Mercedes
products projected on the walls of the trefoil atrium.
Once released, visitors may choose either to examine
the theatrical interiors and lobes of the "legend
rooms" or head down the bright, daylit path through the
"collection rooms" displaying the cars' more
straightforward 120-year history.
The dominant form of the interior is a "double-helix"
achieved by two ramps that spiral separately down
around the large space, descending through the
stage-like legend and collection rooms, illuminated by
panoramic windows. As the two spirals intertwine, they
offer glimpses across to the other side and the
opportunity for visitors to pass from one to the other.
As UN Studio has done elsewhere (including the 1998
Mobius House in Het Gooi) the result is a sloping,
continuous, nearly Mobius Strip effect.
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As part of "Paris Calling," a season of contemporary
French art exhibits around London, host venue Camden
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