As an addition to the Volkswagen’s theme park in Wolfsburg, Germany, the Porsche Pavilion offers 400 m² of space for exhibitions and presentations. Designed by HENN Architects, the building is located right across the Volkswagen Pavilion. Its characteristic curves and bends dominate the site and express the importance of Porsche within the Volkswagen Group family. The area around the pavilion was designed by WES & Partner Architekten.
The building envelope forms a spatial enclosure that creates an impression of a homogeneous unity. The interior and exterior are designed as a flowing continuum, with matte-finish stainless steel cladding. A total of 620 sheets of stainless steel cladding with welded ribs were prefabricated in a ship-yard in Stralsund and assembled on site. 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.
The interior is dominated by an elliptically curved ramp that leads visitors to the lower exhibition stage areas. These are designed by Hg Merz Architekten Museumgestalter. The Original Porsche built in 1948 is the starting point of the exhibition, featuring 25 silver-colored vehicle models manufactured at the scale of 1:3. A film about the company history, sound stories about selected Porsche models as well as tablet PCs with further information about the exhibited vehicles complete the experience.