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Porsche museum takes to the air Steel construction with imposing silhouette
Stuttgart. 450 days after the ground-breaking ceremony, the shell of
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Lift shafts, stairwells and service channels are now in place in the three building cores. These also serve as heavy load-bearing supports for the exhibition area, which will cover 5,600 square meters and hover over the first floor as a building in its own right. Employees are currently pulling eight inch-thick steel wires through one of the Y-shaped supports. Each of the 22 meter-long wires is secured as an abutment and must be prestressed with a tensile force of 300 tons using a special apparatus. The technology being used is derived from bridge construction and is required on static grounds – to provide sufficient support for the audacious architecture of the new
In the meantime, the futuristic museum with its striking contours is now beginning to take shape. The actual exhibition area is being constructed as a steel shell. 500 of a total of 6,000 tons of steel are already in place. The imposing frame construction – similar to those used in ship and aircraft construction – sketches the future silhouette of the museum, which is located directly adjacent to the parent factory and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2008.
“The steel girders have a span of up to 60 meters and are bridged between the supports. This design creates the impression that the exhibition hall is hovering above the rest of the building,” remarks Christina Becker, project manager for the new museum construction. The steel construction work is being continued section by section from east to west (from the S-Bahn overpass in the direction of
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank sincerely the many car drivers on Schwieberdinger Strasse for the patience they have had to display at times in area of the construction site: However, their future reward will be an architectural masterpiece that will form a gateway to the city of Stuttgart and significantly enrich Zuffenhausen,” remarked Anton Hunger, Head of Public Relations at
The new museum building covering 24,000 square meters, which was designed by the Viennese architects Delugan Meissl, also houses the
Note: Current pictures of the building site and the architectural design of the