Material Strategies

PORSCHE@AUTOSTADT [Metal_Concrete?]

Project: Porsche Pavilion @ Autostadt in Wolfsburg

Architect/Designer: Henn Architekten

Sources: http://studio-b.org/

Featured material:  Metal

At first glance, the Porsche Pavilion designed by Henn Architekten might appear to be made out of concrete or covered with fine delicate plaster.   It is surprisingly deceiving by images showing no reflective appearance typical of metal cladding surfaces.  And perhaps the experiential appearance in person could only be interrupted by touching the building’s surface.  Visually it is the closest metal pavilion that resembles  concrete construction or plaster adobe exterior.   But yes, it is made out of a total of 620 sheets of stainless steel cladding with welded metal ribs prefabricated in a ship-yard.   The shape was intended to resemble the typical side profile of what makes Porsche vehicles stand out  from any other car brand.  Thus, the building was in part made using the same fabrication techniques currently used in their vehicles…

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