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by Mitch McEwen

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    Ceci n'est pas un BMW

    Mitch McEwen
    Dec 29, '12 6:40 PM EST

    Am I the only person who mistakenly thought Coop Himmelb(l)au had designed both the BMW Museum and the Porsche Museum?  I saw Wolf Prix present the BMW Museum project 7 or 8 years ago.  Maybe it's because some of the structural feats are similar that I got them mixed up.  (UN Studio's Mercedes Benz Museum is also in Stuttgart.)

    Let me be very clear.  Below are some pics and a few comments about the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, which is designed by **Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.**

    Porsche Museum. Delugan Meissi. Let's go:

    The primary gesture of separating and lifting the exhibition floors translates into this interior of a sky-lit lobby with central circulation to the exhibition floors.

    (It is a bit odd for a client company that has designed seating to treat seating as such an after-thought.  This is consistent throughout.)

    One strains to find the sense of high velocity movement or precision that defines the Porsche brand, though the exhibition is laid out in an ascending loop.  Ascension, more than speed, links the big gesture of the section to the interior experience. 

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