Barkow Leibinger

Barkow Leibinger
Schillerstraße 94, D–10625 Berlin
T +49(0)30 315712 -0 F -29

'Blautopf', Ditzingen

The ’Blautopf’ provides an event and exhibition space within a  new central cafeteria for Trumpf’s Stuttgart-based industrial campus and headquarters. This pavilion is the new social center for the company for both blue and white-collar workers. The building is conceived of as a freestanding pavilion (as opposed to the nearby factories which are continuously expanded on) enhancing its role visibly on the campus as the event space it is intended for. The pavilion provides 700 seats when used as a cafeteria, which enables the company’s 2000 employees to lunch around three time slots. When programmed for events, the space functions as an auditorium with seating for 800.

The roof structure was developed with the renowned Stuttgart-based structural engineer Werner Sobek. The intention was to create a polygonal leaf-like canopy that achieves long spans over groups of columns. The structure combines a steel frame and columns with a glulaminated wood-cell infill. These wood cells are functionally “coded” and constructed either as skylights with solar-glass, as perforated wood acoustic planking, or as artificial lighting cells modified by an aluminum-honeycombed deflector. In order to economically achieve this highly complex structure CNC routing and sawing was employed to accommodate the more than 300 unique honeycomb joints. 

Project Information

Architects — Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Frank Barkow, Regine Leibinger


Team Design — Jason Sandy, Johanna Doherty, Christina Eickmeier, Klaus Reintjes


Team Construction — Lukas Weder (Project Architect), Philipp Heidemann, Caspar Hoesch, Christina Möller, Mathias Oliva, Dagmar Pelger, Jason Sandy



Event and Exhibition space, Employee Restaurant, Café, Conference Rooms



Ditzingen, Germany



5.400 sqm



2006 - 2008



2013  Nike for Social Commitment - Architecture Prize of the Association

of German Architects (BDA)

2012  Hugo-Häring-Preis

2010  AIA Honor Awards for Architecture

2009  DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany

2008  Mies-van-der-Rohe Preis, Nomination

2006  International Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum

2005  "Possible Futures"

Bienal Miami+Beach, 2nd Prize




Construction Management

Gassmann + Grossmann, Stuttgart


Structural Engineer | Façade Consultant

Werner Sobek Stuttgart, Stuttgart


Mechanical Engineer                                                                        

Krebs Ingenieure, Ditzingen


Energy Design

Transsolar, Stuttgart


Electrical Engineer

ibb Burrer & Deuring Ingenieurbüro GmbH, Ludwigsburg


Landscape Architect

Büro Kiefer, Berlin



©Amy Barkow

©David Franck

©Christian Richters