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Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart


A 47 meter high building with a cloverleaf shaped ground plan.
According to the architect Ben van Berkel, the main difference between the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart and conventional art museums lies in the type of exhibits that are shown. “We took a closer look at relevant museums and found that certain basic principles would not work for our idea: the visitor always approaches art exhibits from the front. But people do not approach an automobile only from the front, but also from the side or from the top and then a little bit from the bottom. And we wanted to make this part of the museum’s design,” he explains. The result of these considerations can now be seen: a 47 meter / 154-foot high building with a cloverleaf shaped ground plan and nine levels that were joined together to form interwoven exhibition routes in the form of a double helix


UNStudio, Rotterdam (NL)

Project Manager
Tobias Wallisser

Interior Architecture
UNStudio, Rotterdam (NL) and Concrete Architectural Associates, Amsterdam (NL)

Museum Design
hg merz architekten museumsgestalter, Stuttgart/Berlin (D)

Planning of the structural framework
Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart (D)

Mercedesstraße 136, Stuttgart (D)


SCHOTT expertise
Room-high butt joint glazing with PYRAN® S, the special purpose glass for Fire Resistant Glazing Fire resistance class E (G) 30 Fall protection with laminated safety glass with a two-color silkscreen printed pattern.